- Career & Major Selection
- Graduate School Prep
- Internship Prep
- Job & Internship Search
- Testing (ACT, CLEP)
Services for Students and Alumni:
Career Services Center261 Schwartz Center
Job Postings & Employers
KSU Student Employment
HoursMonday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call for an Appointment
Drop-In Career CounselingMonday - Friday
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m.
The Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs are held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Admission is free and registration is not required to attend. At the fair, you will find tables staffed by representatives from each organization. If available, many employers will send KSU alumni as representatives.
Plan ahead with the steps below to get the most out of this opportunity to network and search for jobs and internships.
BEFORE THE FAIR
- Prepare a visually attractive, well-thought out resume. If you need assistance, meet with a career counselor and review our resume writing resources.
View employers attending each fair and check back often for an updated participant list. Identify those organizations you are interested in and research their websites to demonstrate your commitment to their opportunities.
- Prepare a one minute "elevator pitch" about yourself that provides the recruiter a summary of your background, achievements, and career interests. Some employers may interview you on the spot, so be ready to articulate your strengths, skills, and goals.
- In addition to preparing to sell yourself, prepare questions for employers (see below) to find out more about their organizations and the opportunities they have to offer.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Professional dress is strongly recommended. Review your wardrobe to allow time for dry cleaning or last minute alterations.
WHAT TO BRING
Several copies of your resume on quality paper and business/networking cards(optional) to distribute to employers.
A portfolio to hold resumes, notepad, and quality pen.
AT THE FAIR
Review the program of attendees, table locations, and organize your time efficiently.
Meet with as many recruiters as possible (even if you do not see companies recruiting your specific major) as there are often "hidden" opportunities if you ask.
Introduce yourself. Show interest and enthusiasm by smiling and speaking clearly.
Use a strong, firm handshake, and maintain good eye contact. Body language can often speak louder than words.
Be assertive without being pushy. Pick up literature to take home and review.
QUESTIONS TO ASK EMPLOYERS
How many employees does your company have?
What kinds of positions exist within your organization for new college graduates?
Does your company hire on a continual basis, or just at certain times of the year?
Can you please describe the timeline for the hiring process?
What positions are currently available? As appropriate, leave a resume with the employer.
How long have you been with this organization? What made you choose this company?
What does your company consider to be the most important qualities in an employee?
- Ask what happens next in the hiring process and what you can do to advance your candidacy. Express appreciation for the employer's time in talking with you and ask for a business card.
AFTER THE FAIR
Follow up with the recruiter (email, phone, or letter) within 48 hours to express your continued interest and find out about next steps -- such as scheduling an interview, submitting applications, etc.