NJIT expects a surprisingly strong turn-out for both students and companies at next week’s upcoming annual Career Development Services Spring Career Fair. Registered companies include Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Telcordia, AT&T as well as federal agencies ranging from the FBI in Newark to the US Patent and Trademark Office in Washington DC.
“We’re going to be full with 125 companies registered,” said Gregory Mass, executive director of NJIT’s Career Development Services, sponsor of the fair. “We also expect to see swelling numbers of job seekers topping 1500 for the day. This would be the largest number we’ve ever had attend. Participants consistently rate this event as the best-attended, best-organized career fair with the best hiring outcomes in the NJ/NY metro area.”
The fair, which runs from 12:30 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 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.
Once again, NJIT’s science and technology majors will be in high demand, said Mass. Computing majors in information systems and information technology as well as electrical and computer engineers appear to be most in demand. Other engineering talent—especially anyone with a pharmaceutical background—will also be sought.
Employers will represent the fields of engineering and architecture, manufacturing, information-technology, business and financial services, health services and telecommunications, government agencies and more. At last fall’s career fair more than 1400 skilled students and 155 employers attended. 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 Services offers year-round workshops to help students strengthen marketing skills.