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CAREER SERVICES CENTER

Business and IT Career Fair
Lakeland's 4th Annual Business and IT Career Fair
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Building A, Room A-2100
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Students, Alumni, and Community Members: You can meet employers to explore job and internship opportunities or just obtain career information. Bring your resume! This is a great way to present your credentials and qualifications to many employers in one day. Learn More.

Employers: You can screen highly trained candidates from northeast Ohio for career opportunities. This is a cost-effective way to staff your workforce needs. This job fair will focus on providing students, alumni and community members with full-time job opportunities and internships for business, information systems and computer science majors. (See "related academic programs.") Part-time jobs and internships will also be accepted if they are career-track opportunities. Learn More.

COMPANIES ATTENDING

Over 100 career-track JOBS and INTERNSHIPS will be available in the following Business and IT fields:

Accounting; Customer Service; Finance; Human Resources; Management; Marketing; Paralegal; Project Management; Real Estate; Sales; Database Administration; Help Desk; Network Engineering; Programming; Software Development; Web Development; Office Administration; Desktop Support

AAA East Central
AutoZone
Breakthrough Schools
Cardinal Commerce
Cardinal Credit Union
Cintas Corporation
Cleveland Construction
Cornerstone IT
DataServe
DDR Corp.
Dolbey Systems, Inc.
Dollar Bank, F.S.B.
Fastenal Company
GameStop
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Northeast
Kforce
Litigation Management, Inc.
MCPc, Inc.
MC Sign Company
Merrit Woodwork
NEO Talent Exchange (NOCHE)
Penske Automotive Group
Progressive*
Robert Half
Selman & Company
Sherwin-Williams
Speedway*
Steris Corporation
Surace Smith
The Reserves Network
UH Hospitals of Cleveland
Universal Windows Direct
Verizon Wireless*

*Sponsors

Students, Alumni, and Community Members — Career Fair Success Tips
What to Wear

Dress professionally, as if you are going on a job interview, to make a positive first impression. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so look your best!

Professional dress is best to wear and can include:

  • Pressed shirt/blouse and dress pants/skirt
  • A matching jacket can be added for a more formal look

MEN: Ties are a nice addition and should complement the outfit, not overwhelm with loud colors or cartoon characters.

LADIES: Skirts should be longer than finger tips when standing. High heels should be no more than 2 inches.

EVERYONE: Closed toe shoes are a must, make sure you wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking and standing for some time.

AVOID

  • T-shirts
  • Caps
  • Flip-flops
  • Sweats
  • Clothing with logos (however, some companies allow or even encourage items with their corporate logo)
  • Jeans (depending on the company's policy)
  • Revealing clothing
  • Clothing that does not fit well
  • Clothing that is torn, wrinkled, or dirty
  • Limit jewelry, cover tattoos and avoid excessive cologne or perfume.
  • No gum. Bring breath mints and consume these before meeting with recruiters.

SOME IDEAS OF PROFESSIONAL WEAR:

Business and IT Career Fair
What to Bring

Several clean copies of your resume on quality paper to hand out. However, don't be alarmed if some recruiters refer you to their website to apply online.

A portfolio to hold the resumes, a legal pad, and a quality pen to write down contacts and notes from each encounter.

A business/networking card to distribute to employers.

Questions to ask each employer like:

  • What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?
  • Which courses or experiences do you suggest to be a successful candidate?
  • What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization?
  • Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year?
  • What is your organization's culture like?
  • What made you choose this company and why do you stay?
Job Seeker Success Tips

Decide on a plan and some goals for the career fair; what do you hope to get out of it and how can you make the most effective use of your time?

Check our website often for an updated list of employers attending. Identify those you are interested in and check their websites to do some basic research on the companies and their hiring needs.

Visit with as many recruiters as possible - even if you don't see many companies planning to recruit in your major specifically, sometimes there are "hidden" opportunities if you ask.

Prepare a one-minute "commercial" that introduces yourself, telling the employer a little about your professional qualifications, and why you are interested in exploring a career with them.

Practice the "commercial" ahead of time, and the questions you would like to ask the employers.

Dress and act professionally.

At the event, review the list of attending companies so you can organize your time efficiently.

Show interest and enthusiasm by smiling and speaking clearly. Provide recruiters with a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact.

Body language is important: control nervous habits like fidgeting and be aware of your non-verbal behaviors.

Answer the recruiters' questions clearly and concisely. Don't ramble. Take every opportunity to highlight your skills and qualifications for the position.

Collect business cards from the recruiters. Write follow-up letters/make phone calls to employers who interest you.

Unsure about any of the above? Just contact the Lakeland Career Services staff for help.

Join us for our Career Fair Prep Week Workshops, taking place the week before our career fairs! View the Lakeland calendar to register for our prep workshops and to learn more!

 

Employers — Career Fair Success Tips
Benefits

The Business & IT Career Fair brings job seekers and recruiters together. This is an opportunity for you to fill your full-time, career track, part-time and internship employment needs with trained students and alumni from Lakeland Community College, other regional two and four year colleges and university, and community job seekers. The Business & IT Career Fair is an ideal way for companies to:

  • Meet and collect resumes from many qualified candidates
  • Conduct short pre-interviews
  • Network with other regional employers and Lakeland faculty
  • Showcase your organization

Participating employers must have currently open, career-track technical, para-professional or professional positions. (See a list of some related academic programs.)

The registration fee is $100 per company/organization. You will receive one table, two chairs, complimentary beverages, and listing in the company directory and on the Business & IT Career Fair website viewed by thousands of job seekers.

Ensure Your Recruiting Success

Create exhibits, get results! Bring your own tablecloths and tabletop displays that showcase your company.

Clearly indicate the types of jobs you recruit for at your table.

Know your audience. Look at our list of degree programs so that you know what types of Lakeland Community College students to expect. (Job Seekers from other colleges or the community may have different academic backgrounds.)

Staff your table with recent graduates or alumni from Lakeland who can relate to Lakeland Community College students.

Please don't leave your table vacant; you might miss connecting with that perfect candidate if your table is unstaffed.

Have your recruiting team represent your organization's diversity. A diverse looking team reflects support of diversity within your company.

Do not solicit candidates to buy products and/or services.

Integrate high tech and high touch. Use technology to showcase your products, services, and organization.

Give items away at your table that will draw people to you. Be sure to have an adequate supply!

Have three or four screening questions ready to ask potential recruits as you collect their resumes at the Career Fair.

Adapted from material from The Employer's Guide to College Recruiting and Hiring, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

How We Are Marketing the Business & IT Career Fair

Announcements on Lakeland Career Services' website (which receives over 10,000 hits per month), Facebook and LinkedIn.

Business and IT faculty promoting the Career Fair to students.

E-mails to students, faculty, staff and current users of Lakeland's online job board.

Flyers to Lakeland students, student organizations and other area colleges.

Posters and banners distributed across campus and the community.

Announcements in Lakeland Alumni Association's newsletter.

News releases in local publications and public service radio announcements.

Announcements on Lakeland's cable TV station and electronic street sign.


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