Some 1200 students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will spend their lunch hour tomorrow patiently waiting in a line long enough to wrap around a block-long building in the hope of securing a high-paying job. The plan will be to secure an interview with one of the 130 name-brand companies operating booths at NJIT’s annual spring career fair. IBM, Cardinal Health and Johnson & Johnson will number among the employers. View all companies at www.njit.edu/cds.
“The chances of finding a good full-time or part-time job are better than ever,” said Gregory Mass, executive director of NJIT’s Career Development Services, sponsor of the fair. “Based on government reports, we expect to see employers hiring 17 percent more graduates now than they did last year. And, last year was our best hiring year on record. We’re anticipating salary offers in the range of 4 to 10 percent higher.”
The fair, which runs from 12:30-4 p.m., will take place in the athletic center and the adjacent Campus Center. ATTENTION EDITORS: To take photos, attend the fair or interview Mass, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.
“It will be a full house,” noted Mass. “Our science and technology majors are in high demand, and the economy, despite worries about the housing market, continues to be strong.” Lower classmen are encouraged to attend, since many employers hope to hire summer interns and co-operative students.
Employers will represent the fields of engineering and architecture, manufacturing, information-technology, business and financial services, health services and telecommunications, government agencies and more.
To be successful at a career fair, Mass advises students to develop a game plan. “They should look at the website, decide on what 10 or 12 employers they will visit, and do as much research on those employers as possible,” he said.
"Students only have a few minutes to talk with each employer, and it is imperative that they craft a pitch that allows them to demonstrate knowledge, confidence and awareness. Employers are impressed with students who have taken the time to learn about their organizations. Conversely, they are unimpressed by unprepared students.”
In addition to this fair and one in the fall, NJIT’s Career Development Center offers year-round workshops to help students strengthen marketing skills.