Tomorrow’s career fair sponsored by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will be the largest held on campus in a decade, said Gregory Mass, executive director of NJIT’s Career Development Services. The event will host 138 employers and attract more than 1000 student attendees.
Last spring’s fair drew 110 employees—a surge in attendance of about 26 percent, said Mass. Of course, he added, that fair was 40 percent larger than the one a year earlier which drew 86 employers. Recruiters will be looking for candidates to fill full-time, part-time, and co-op opportunities
The event will be held in Fleisher Athletic Center on the NJIT Campus, Nov. 1, 2006, from 12:30 - 4 p.m.. (EDITORS: To attend and/or interview Mass, contact Sheryl Weinstein firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-994-3257.)
Participating industries will include information technology, engineering consulting services; manufacturing; financial and business services, biotechnology and pharmaceutical. Employers will represent the most diverse assortment of industries and recruiting interests, Mass noted. They will include Bloomberg LP; Colgate Palmolive; Exxon Mobil; IBM; and Johnson and Johnson.
To get students ready for the fair, Mass and his staff have developed and have run during October workshops such as How to Work a Career Fair, and Eight Minute Networking.
“Students need these services to help them feel more comfortable and perform better at this kind of event,” Mass said. “Inexperienced students find these kinds of large career fairs to be intimidating. We wanted to provide them with as much coaching and guidance as possible.”
Among ways he said to prepare for such a fair, is to make sure attendees are familiar beforehand with the process and companies. “We listed a directory of career fair employers on our website as early as September,” Mass said. The list was updated weekly as additional employers were added.
Another trick is to research a company before stepping foot into a fair. “This tactic enables students to select which companies to visit plus set up a comfortable approach to meet recruiters. “