October 2014 will see a number of employers coming to the University of St. Thomas to inform students about their organizations, and their career opportunities. So, it seemed like a good time to offer a Tip Sheet about how to make the most of these experiences! Come to one or all of these sessions, and bring a friend or two with you!
What is an Employer Information Session?
When an employer has either multiple career opportunities that include many different areas, or they have positions for which any and all students are eligible, they may ask the Career Development Center to host them for an information session.
Many times these employers are also conducting screening interviews through the On-campus Interviewing Program and use these sessions to build interest and encourage applications.
Employer representatives (including UST alum!) will come and present information about the organization, their culture, their internships and career opportunities.
Details are posted to the Career Development Center’s Seminars & Events webpage.
How can an Employer Information Session be helpful?
Employer information sessions are a great way to gather information about internships and jobs, and employers themselves. It also provides the opportunity for you to make a personal impression on the employers that come to campus.
These sessions enable students to:
•Learn more about an employer, what they do, where they are located, their culture.
•Build a network of professional contacts.
•Ask about internship and job opportunities.
The Day of an Employer Information Session:
•”Business casual” dress is usually appropriate. Avoid wearing jeans, T-shirts or shorts. (See our Pinterest page for photos, http://www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/connect/)
•Be prepared to ask one or two questions, and participate!
•Be sure to bring along several copies of your resume to leave with recruiters.
Tips for After the Employer Information Session:
- Take time to stop and chat informally with employer representatives in order to make a favorable impression. The representative you talk to just might remember you later? (In fact, he/she could be the same person who interviews you in a campus interview!)
- Network. Tell the representatives what your career goals are. Even if you are not interested in their area, they may know someone that can provide you with some information about your field?
- Ask if you may have a copy of their business card and add it to your collection of networking contacts. Then you can follow up with them down the road!
- Thank them for taking the time to come to St. Thomas to talk to students!