Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Rider undergraduate, graduate students and alumni will have a chance to market themselves to prospective employers on Thursday, November 29, during the Fall Career Fair in the Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room.
More than 70 companies from fields ranging from finance and retail to nonprofits and state and federal government will be represented from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops, externships and summer opportunities. Participating employers will be looking for all types of majors and background.
Employers such as Astra Zeneca, Deloitte, Church & Dwight, Ernst & Young and KPMG, among many others, will be on hand to meet hundreds of Rider students, dressed to impress, in search of experience. A full list of attending employers and their vacancies is available on the Rider Career Services website, located at rider.edu/careerservices. Click on: BRONCS CAREER LINK.
All who attend the Career Fair are encouraged to wear professional attire and bring plenty of résumés to hand out to company representatives. Students and alumni should come prepared and know how to articulate what type of work they are seeking.
G. Joyce Tyler, career advisor for the Office of Career Services, said it’s vital for all students to attend the Career Fair, even those who only began their collegiate experience in September.
“For freshmen, it’s important even just to observe the process,” Tyler explained. “And even though freshmen are not looking yet for full-time employment, they will need to accumulate as many internship experiences as they can during their four years at Rider in order to be competitive in the job market once they graduate. It’s also the perfect chance to build up your network of contacts.”
Tyler said that the significance of the Career Fair for sophomores and upperclassmen is heightened by the state of the economy and a job market still struggling to gain momentum.
“Many of them will be looking for jobs very soon, and they will need every job tool available to them for their search,” she said. “The Career Fair is a prime opportunity to interact directly with employers, and they should make sure to look for opportunities that would be relevant to their long-term goals.”
Students and even alumni in search of work should arrive at the Career Fair with questions ready to ask of the employers, Tyler said, adding that it’s not too early in the academic year to hunt for internships, either.
“Starting now is the best way to secure an internship for the summer,” she said.
Students and alumni seeking help with preparing and updating résumés and cover letters, are welcomed to stop by Career Services in the BLC, Room 237, for the annual Résumé Blitz Days, from Monday, November 26, to Wednesday, November 28, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Business students only should sign up in Sweigart Hall Room 214 to have their résumés reviewed during the Résumé Blitz Days.