Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 02:02
Headhunters from 140 companies will speak with students during the next two days at the winter career fair in hopes of picking the best candidates for openings within their companies.
Today’s fair will encompass companies ranging from Fortune 500s, start-ups, non-profits, military and representatives from graduate programs at other universities.
Tomorrow’s fair will have engineering companies, but Lindsey Reed, employer relations manager at Oregon State University Career Services, emphasizes students from all majors can attend.
“They are not interested in hiring a degree, they’re hiring a person,” Reed said.
Even if a student isn’t ready to shift from student to professional, the fair is still valuable. Employers typically scout interns and full-time jobs well before the start date. It is a great service for students to familiarize themselves with the hiring process before they are thrown into it.
“If it is your first time and you are feeling a little awkward, just go and observe,” Reed said. “Then when you are ready, you will feel a little more comfortable.”
Students interested in attending the fair are suggested to spend time reviewing the schedule on oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs and consider which booths they want to visit and brush up on the basics of the companies.
The fair will take place at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center both days from 12-4 p.m.
All students are encouraged to bring updated resumes, and to remember the companies are here to hire OSU students, Reed said.
Jenson Vliss, news reporter