Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Wright State University Student Union

Networking for employers and Wright State University student and alumni job candidates interested in co-ops, internships, and career employment.


Career Fair Sponsors

Who's sponsoring Career Fair?

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Gentex Corporation


How to be a sponsor

Job Candidates

Wright State University
All-Campus Fall Semester Career Fair,
Tuesday, September 16, 2014,
Student Union,
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   
   

Ready to apply for a co-op, internship, or career position?

Update your résumé, put on your suit, and come to the All-Campus Fall Semester Career Fair for Wright State University students and alumni.

On the day of Career Fair, bring your Wright1 card or have your UID available for the Job Candidate Check-In station.

Register in advance for recruiting events

 
How to Register
  1. Log in to The Wright Search using your UID and campus PIN or create your account for the first time - it's free, fast, and easy!
  2. Select the Career Event tab
  3. Leaving all fields blank, select Search to see all the career events for the upcoming quarter
  4. Select the Wright State University All-Campus Career Fair.
  5. When the Wright State University All-Campus Career Fair window opens, select the button to Register for Event.

You must upload a professional résumé to your account and receive résumé approval before you can register for events.

Already active in The Wright Search?
Log in and register for Fall All-Campus Career Fair

Not active yet in The Wright Search?
Activate your account & upload a résumé


Benefits of Advance Registration
  • Faster check-in process on the day of the event
  • Pre-submitted digital résumé for employers to view

Walk-in registration will be available on the day of the event

Review the list of participating employers

The list of participating employers is in The Wright Search.

How to Find Who’s Coming
  1. Log into The Wright Search using your UID and PIN.
  2. Select the ‘Career Event’ tab.
  3. Leaving all fields blank, select ‘Search’ to see all the career events for the upcoming quarter.
  4. Select the Wright State University All-Campus Career Fair.
  5. When the Wright State University All-Campus Career Fair window opens, select the button to View Employers Attending.

You must upload a professional résumé to your account and receive résumé approval before you can register for events.

On the day of the event: Check In!

Bring your Wright1 card or have your UID available for the Check In station.

Come to the Student Union Atrium area.

Look for signage directing you to the Check In station.

When you check in, you will also pick up an event map and list of companies.

Get tips for success at Career Fairs

Career Services has developed the following tips from candidate questions, employer feedback.

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Ahead of Time
  • Register in advance using The Wright Search to post your résumé for employer review, and to receive updates.
  • Plan to dress professionally. Assemble your professional suit now, before the day of the event. Make sure you have all the necessary elements to make a good impression.
    Recommendations for professional dress
  • Review the list of participating organizations available in The Wright Search
  • Research the organizations that interest you. Do this research prior to the event. Develop clear ideas of how you might be a good fit for this organization. If you have questions about the organization that are not answered by your research, make a list.
  • In preparing for any interview, identify your accomplishments. This will help you respond to questions by giving examples of your skills and abilities.
  • You are in charge of the information that you share in the interview. What you share is your decision.

Polish your interview presentation and to learn how to avoid negative images when responding to questions.

  • There are some common questions you can expect to be asked by representatives at recruiting events.
    Review a list of common questions (PDF)
  • In addition, you may be asked general questions designed to reveal your past behavioral patterns. This is called behavioral interviewing.
    Learn more about behavioral interviewing (PDF)
  • You can effectively answer behavioral interviewing questions by following a model referred to as the PAR (Problem Action Result) Model

In the PAR Model

  • first describe the Problem or situation;
  • then relate the Action you took;
  • and, finally, the Results.

Specific examples with salient details are best.
Learn more about the P - A - R model (PDF)

  • Be aware of your non-verbal communication as well as your verbal communication. Observe yourself in a mirror or ask others for feedback. Pay attention to your posture, your dress, your eye contact, the expression on your face, your handshake. The majority of communication is non-verbal. Be sure that your non-verbal communication makes a good impression.
  • Each employer you speak to will want a copy of your résumé. Prepare copies of polished, professional résumés to distribute to every representative with whom you speak, plus one for admission to the event, and a few extras.
  • Gather your résumés and a notepad in a professional portfolio. Include a pen to take notes. Plan to secure briefcases, backpacks, overcoats, or other cumbersome, personal items elsewhere.
  • If friends or parents ask to accompany you, advise them it would be inappropriate. They can help you by assisting with pre-fair research, proofreading your résumé, and practicing your interview skills.
  • Prepare a 20 second summary to use when introducing yourself to organization representatives.
  • Schedule your other afternoon obligations to allow full participation.
  • Allow adequate time to participate in the event. Lines may form at booths and can require you to wait for an opportunity to speak with the representative. It will not be possible to "run in and drop off" a résumé.
  • If you are seeking information only, first research your particular field of interest, prior to the event, and compose a list of relevant and specific questions. Also research the organizations with whom you plan to speak. Investigating companies and the job market in this way is called informational interviewing. It is essential to convey a professional image and be prepared when you are informational interviewing.
On the Day of the Event
  • Make a last minute check in a mirror. Is your hair well groomed and conservatively styled? Have you removed excess jewelry? Are you smiling?
  • Pick up handouts at the student registration table.
  • Review the updated company information available on the day of the event in the candidate warm-up room. There are sometimes last minute changes (including additional companies) which are only available at the registration table.
  • Plan to take 5 minutes after you register on the day of the event, but before you enter the event, to review the room map that you received in advance, by registering for the event in advance (in The Wright Search). Prioritize your booth visits.
  • Refine your action plan. Prioritize your interest in the organizations and proceed in that order.
  • Before entering the room, set aside casual, personal behavior and mentally prepare yourself for a positive, professional interaction.
  • As you visit each booth, your confidence and presentation skills will improve. You may be most polished after one or two encounters with organization representatives.
  • If you do not get to all the booths on your list before the fair ends, directly contact your other choices later in the week. Career Services will have contact information beginning the week following the event, in our Resource Center, in 334 Student Union.
In the Screening Interview
  • At an on-campus recruiting event, organization representatives are generally screening potential candidates through brief, standup interviews.
  • Adopt your professional demeanor and enter the fair with a smile.
  • Circulate by yourself, not in groups or with friends.
  • Maintain your professionalism while waiting in line. Recruiters note and remember breaches of business decorum.
  • When it is your turn, offer a firm handshake, and make direct eye contact. It is important to make a good first impression.
  • Introduce yourself and present your résumé. Use your 20 second, prepared introduction to begin the conversation. Articulate your job search objective.
  • The organization representative will quickly review your résumé and begin asking you questions about the résumé content or about your specific interests.

You will benefit from having conducted advance research on the company and its products or services, because in the screening interview, you will want to describe how you see yourself fitting in.

  • As the organization representative asks you questions, don't be surprised or offended if they break eye contact and begin making notes on the back of your résumé - this is normal!

Maintain your eye contact and focus on the organization representative; do not let your attention wander. Do not try to read what they are writing. Instead, continue to respond enthusiastically to the questions you are asked. The notes are generated by your responses, and help identify you from among the other candidates.

  • Ask the representative their intended timeline for follow up with candidates. If there is a decision being made - for example, if you will be contacted to set up an interview - ask when you can expect that step and subsequent steps to occur.
  • It is unlikely there will be time for you to ask many or any questions. However, if you have questions based on your advanced research of the company and an opportunity presents itself, do ask. You may also ask questions in response to new information you learned in the screening interview. It is not appropriate to ask questions to which you should have already found out the answer, such as: "Tell me about your organization."

Be considerate of others if there is a long line behind you and avoid monopolizing the representative's time. A recruiting fair is not an appropriate venue for asking detailed questions about job duties, salary, benefits, or other items to be negotiated after a job offer.

  • When the organization representative wants to talk to the next person, they will give you a verbal or non-verbal cue. They may make a closing statement: for example, "Thank you for talking with me today," "I will contact you at a later date," or "I will pass your résumé on to the Human Resources department and someone will get in touch with you." Non-verbal cues may include interacting with the next person in line by turning toward them, smiling directly at them, or nodding in their direction.
  • Ask for a business card - you will need the correct spelling of the name, the title, company address, for your formal thank you letter. It is helpful to have a phone number for your reference

If you speak to more than one organization representative, get a business card from each one. If someone does not have a business card, ask for their name and the correct spelling, and phone number, and write the information down.

Learn what employers say will impress them

Career Services has obtained the following feedback directly from employers who have attended Career Fairs:

Dress professionally.

Do research on companies ahead of time, know what their organization is about, and what opportunities they have available.

Display good communication skills by being able to articulate your goals and sell yourself to employers.

Come with questions for the employers.

Traits Desired By Employers:

  • Leadership
  • Confident and Comfortable
  • Friendly and Approachable
  • Sincerity
  • Professionalism
  • Education and Experience

Career Fair Sponsors

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Gentex Corporation


Employers

Employer schedule for this event is 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including setup, reception, and fair.

Request a Booth

$125 per booth* with two representatives includes:

  • One booth
  • Limit of two representatives
  • Faculty-hosted reception & refreshments
  • Parking

*Non-profit employers can verify with Career Services for a reduced rate


Be a Sponsor!

Sponsorship of $1,000 includes:

  • Event sponsorship recognition (full-page ad** in event booklet, sponsorship recognition at booth, promotion on Career Services website fair page and at the faculty-hosted reception)
  • Double booth
  • Unlimited fair representatives
  • Faculty-hosted reception & refreshments
  • Parking

**Full page ad requires: camera-ready black & white art in jpg or tif format; 300 dpi resolution; 8 1/2" X 11" portrait; art due by Friday, Sept. 5, sent by email to Carly.Porter@wright.edu

Interested in sponsorship?

  1. Proceed with booth request (available in early August) and
  2. Email charlene.walker@wright.edu to make sponsorship arrangements and payment.

Employer Schedule for the Day
7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Employer Registration, Reception Tickets and Booth Set-up
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Faculty-hosted reception & continental breakfast with Grab & Go bottled water and snacks.

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Career Fair


Get directions to campus and review maps of Wright State University

Colonel Glenn Construction

A city of Fairborn road construction project on Colonel Glenn Highway next to Wright State University is going to make entering and leaving from the university’s main entrances more challenging over the next several months. Please visit the Facilities Planning & Development website for current details about the project and potential alternative routes into campus.

From the north (Toledo)

I-75 south to I-70 east
I-70 east to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

From the northeast (Cleveland/Akron)

I-71 south to 270 west
270 west to I-70 west
I-70 west to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

From the south

I-75 north to I-675 north
I-675 north to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17). Follow sign for North Fairfield Road (not WSU)
Turn left on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

From the east/west

I-70 to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

Hiring international students

At Recruiting Days, you may meet international students who are seeking work.

Use the link to learn more; scroll to the bottom of the destination page to find Information for Potential Employers:

Hiring international students

Learn about other services & programs

We offer a wide variety of services and programs to employers seeking Wright State University student and alumni job candidates.

Learn about all the services we offer to employers

Photos of previous Career Fairs

If you have questions about Career Fair, please call (937) 775-2556, or email career_services@wright.edu