PULLMAN, Wash. – An employer panel, “hot topic” mini sessions and 170 employers and recruiters will aid job seekers as part of Career Expo and CEA Technical Career Fair events Oct.3-4 at Washington State University.
Last September, recruiters rated WSU one of the nation’s top 25 schools for well-prepared graduates in a ranking by the Wall Street Journal. The university was in the company of Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The free public expo and fair will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Beasley coliseum. Sponsored by the Center for Advising and Career Development (CACD), part of the University College, and the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA), it is one of the largest events of its kind in the Northwest.
Eight of the 10 top-paying degrees of 2011 were in engineering or computer science majors, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
On Monday, Oct. 3, the WSU Honors College will also host an employer panel at 7 p.m. in the Honors Hall Lounge with representatives from The Boeing Company, Schweitzer Engineering, Microsoft and ConAgra Foods in the Honors Hall Lounge. The employers will discuss what their companies look for in job candidates and give attendees tips on how to prepare for interviews.
Workshops, mock interviews for students
Also Oct. 3, CACD will host several workshops and mini sessions in Lighty 180 to help students prepare for their job search.
Career counselors will serve as drop-in “resume doctors” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to review resumes and offer suggestions. At the same times, employers will conduct mock interviews; these can be scheduled online at http://cacd.wsu.edu or by phone at 509-335-6000.
Five “hot topic” mini sessions will be presented by employers on Oct. 3:
  • “You Are What You Wear: How to Dress for Success” by Boeing, 10-11 a.m.
  • “Creating Your Road Map to Career Success: Launching your Search” by Target, 11 a.m.-noon
  • “Communicating Clearly: Career Networking Mixer” by Turner Construction, noon-1 p.m.
  • “The Art of Interviewing: Successful One-to-One Time” by First Investors Corp., 1-2 p.m.
  • “Career Fair 101: Maximize Your Career Fair Preparation and Experience” by Maxim Healthcare Services, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
“These employer-sponsored events provide students with the opportunity to network with recruiters and prepare for their job search,” said Christie Motley, CACD employer relations manager. “They give our students a valuable advantage over their competition.”
Motley asked that interested students RSVP for the mini sessions by calling 509-335-9612 or signing up on COUGlink at http://cacd.wsu.edu.
For more information on the expo and workshops, visit http://cacd.wsu.edu or email Motley at cmotley@wsu.edu.
More information on the CEA Technical Career Fair, which is focused on the fields of engineering, computer technology and architecture, is available at http://www.cea.wsu.edu/careerfair
Christie Motley, Center for Advising and Career Development, 509-335-6000, cmotley@wsu.edu
Media contact:
David Clarke, WSU University College, 509-335-8070, david.h.clarke@email.wsu.edu