The CPCC Career Fair is coming! Mark your calendars for Thursday March 5, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Employers searching for candidates from a variety of programs will be at the Grady Cole Center (next to the Central Campus) recruiting for job openings.
This is the college’s prime career event.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who should attend the Career Fair?
Job seekers looking for full-time jobs. Job seekers commonly complain about having to blindly submit resumes online with no chance to meet recruiters in person. Here’s your chance! If you’re graduating, are a CPCC alumni or a current student searching for a full-time job, the Career Fair is an opportunity to talk to employers actively seeking candidates.
Candidates seeking part-time jobs, internships or co-op positions. Many employers at the fair are also hiring for part-time jobs as well as internship or co-op positions with their companies. The time to search for summer positions starts now.
Students wanting to network with employers in their industry. Begin building your network now for your job search later. Employers will be impressed with your enthusiasm and knowledge of the importance of networking.
What should I know before attending the Career Fair?
Professional dress is required. People not wearing professional attire won’t be admitted to the fair. Visit the Career Services Pinterest board for tips on how to dress professionally.
VIP Access for CPCC students & alumni, as well as all military service members and veterans. Students and alumni can present their CPCC ID and military service members and veterans can present their military ID to gain admission through the VIP entrance. This helps avoid long lines.
Get your resume ready. Employers accept or reject resumes within seven seconds. Make sure you’re presenting a top-notch resume that gets placed in the recruiter’s “Yes” pile. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to have your resume reviewed. Use the online Career Guide for resume tips, guidelines and samples.
You need an elevator speech. This is the pitch you give to employers when you approach their table. Start practicing how you’ll confidently shake hands and clearly tell the recruiter your skills and interest in their company. A career counselor can help you develop your elevator speech.
The Career Fair is crowded. Last year over 90 companies attended the Career Fair. This year will be the same. Research companies ahead of time to target the employers you want to speak with. Clear your work and class schedule to allow enough time to attend the event.
What resources can help prepare for the Career Fair?
Career Services Blog. Check back each week before the career fair for helpful tips.
Watch the video “Prepare for the CPCC Career Fair.” Dr. Connie Johnston in the CPCC Career Services Office offers five great suggestions for making the most of the event.
Check out other online resources. Our Career Fair page offers additional information to help get ready.
Meet with a career counselor. Career counselors can answer any questions about the fair, review your resume, help you prepare your elevator speech and more. Schedule an appointment today.