EmployUP takes place in two weeks! If you are searching for a full-time job or want to talk face-to-face with recruiters from regional companies, plan to attend the event on Thursday March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center (adjacent to the Central Campus).
Don’t know how to prepare for EmployUP? Check out this week’s CPCC Career Services blog post that lists tips for talking to employers.
Career Services staff is ready to review your resume before EmployUP. Schedule an appointment with your campus career counselor or visit Central Campus for Drop Ins, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Room 332 of the Central High building (no appointment necessary).
More than 50 companies are attending next month’s EmployUP on March 3 at the Grady Cole Center. Which companies are recruiting job candidates from your academic program who possess your skills and qualifications? Narrowing your company focus will make the event more manageable. You can find a list of attending companies here.
But employers won’t be impressed if you only know the company name. Researching companies is a must when it comes to career fair preparation. You’ll grab the recruiter’s attention when you can talk about the company’s mission, products and services or office culture. Take the time to learn these facts through the company’s website, their Twitter handle or Facebook page. A great place to start is the Career Services 2016 EmployUP Pinterest board.
Looking for a part-time job or service opportunities for your service-learning course? Attend the Volunteer and Part-Time Job Fest, being held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second floor of Levine II. Meet with employers looking to hire and community partners with service opportunities available.
For more information please contact:
Christy Curts, Career Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Paynter, Career Counselor: email@example.com
Jessi Preussner, Service-Learning Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- the top career fields and employment trends in the region
- specific CPCC degrees and credentials that are needed for given occupations
- local wages and job growth projections
- where to look for local job postings
- resources for writing a résumé, interviewing and more
This FREE resource was created for residents located in Mecklenburg County and beyond seeking to learn more about the local job market, employers who are hiring, their career choices and the skills needed to secure their dream job.
You can find this as a new top navigation item on the homepage, along with About CPCC, Academics, Student Services, and Arts and Community, or by visiting cpcc.edu/careerhub.
Mark your calendar for Thursday March 5, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m for the CPCC Career Fair. More than 95 companies will be at the Grady Cole Center to discuss full-time, part-time and internship opportunities.
What should you be doing now to get ready for next month’s job searching event?
Have your resume reviewed by a career counselor. You have three options for doing so:
- Schedule a 30-minute resume appointment with a career counselor at your campus.
- Email your resume to a career counselor for suggested edits.
- Stop by Central Campus Drop-In Hours, every Wednesday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (no appointment necessary). Bring a printed copy of your resume with you.
Get your professional attire ready.
- Professional dress is required for admission to the event.
- Dress to impress the employers.
- Visit the Career Services Pinterest board for tips on what to wear.
Research companies attending the career fair.
- Use the link listing attending employers to learn which companies are recruiting for your program.
- Research the companies you want to talk to.
- Apply now through EmploymeNC to the jobs they’re recruiting for. This shows the recruiters your interest!
- Practice your pitch outlining what you’ll say to employers at the fair.
Be sure to visit the Career Services career fair tips page for additional resources.
Who should plan to attend?
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.
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.
What should I know beforehand?
Professional dress is required. People not wearing professional attire won’t be admitted to the fair.
Career Services can help you get ready. If you have questions about what to wear, what to say to employers or how your resume should look, Career Services can help. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus offices. www.cpcc.edu/career/stafflocation
Bookmark the Career Fair link for helpful tips and event information. Videos, blog posts and more can be found at www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/careerfair.
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.
The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away! The event takes place March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. Employers from more than 90 companies are eager to talk to CPCC students about full-time and part-time job opportunities.
Are you ready to talk to them?
When you approach an employer’s table at the fair, you’ll have 5 to 10 minutes of their time. You want to make a favorable impression, so positive that your resume is placed in the “Yes” stack of applicants they plan to contact for job interviews.
How can you impress employers in 10 minutes or less?
1. Dress professionally. Wear professional attire and keep the makeup, accessories, aftershave and perfume to a minimum. Check out the Career Services blog for tips on what professional dress is – and isn’t.
2. Offer a firm handshake. Employers assess your potential even before a word is spoken. Take the initiative to introduce yourself first by stating your name and pairing it with a confident handshake.
3. Present your pitch. In these two weeks before the Career Fair, it’s time to write and practice your elevator speech – a brief introductory statement that says who you are and what opportunities you’re seeking. Write your speech now. Practice it (in front of the mirror and friends) until it becomes and sounds natural.
4. Ask questions. Show the employer you’ve done your homework. Check the list of companies attending to identify the ones you wish to speak with. Research your target companies. Great research resources include the company’s website, as well as their LinkedIn profile, Facebook page and Twitter handle. Ask relevant questions that show your interest in being their newest employee.
Visit the Career Services website for other tips to help you get ready for the Career Fair. Be sure to have your resume professionally critiqued by a Career Services career counselor: Schedule an appointment, or take advantage of Central Campus Drop In Hours (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., no appointment necessary).
Career Services expects to host over 70 employers at the 2012 Career Fair on Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. See which employers are coming and get tips to help you prepare and maximize your experience at the fair at www.cpcc.edu/career/fair.
See a full list of companies currently registered to attend here!
Why Go to the Career Fair?
- It’s still a tight job market, but every employer coming to the fair is hiring
- Standing out from the crowd can be difficult when you’re applying for jobs online – the career fair gives you a chance to make a great impression in-person
- Even if you’re not looking for a job, meeting employers and making connections will pay off in the future
Prepare early by visiting Career Services
- Create a professional resume and a get a professional resume review
- Practice what to say to employers
- Pre-register to send your resume to employers before the fair by using employmeNC
- Bring your CPCC Student ID to skip long lines and be admitted at the student entrance
Professional dress is required for admission. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and be sure to tell employers you are a CPCC student. Employers want to meet with you!
Contact our Central campus office at 704.330.6551, CH 122 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.