SHRM Career Fair Offers Opportunities for All
On February 22, 2017 SHRM hosted its biannual Hospitality Career Fair. The event housed employer representatives throughout the entire SHRM building. The Fair is designed to allow hospitality companies and SHRM students to meet and interact. In many cases, the career fair results in follow-up interviews and employment opportunities for students.
This semester, over 300 SHRM students and 54 companies – nine of which were new to the fair – attended the event.
“The goal is definitely to find a job, but it’s also about networking,” explained Hannah Smith, a second-semester senior who attended the career fair to seek out post-graduation employment opportunities. “Even if you know you don’t want to work for a certain company, you can still build a really good relationship with them, and they might be able to point you in the direction you want to go, or help you get a job or an interview elsewhere.”
Although many graduating seniors, like Smith, attended the event to seek out opportunities for post-graduation employment, Suzanne Siler, program director for internships and career services, emphasized the SHRM career fair offers benefits to students of all grade levels.
“It’s important to network and build rapport with these companies,” explained Siler. “That way, when students are ready to do an internship or find a job, they will already have built a relationship with the companies at the fair.”
Siler explained this is especially important since all SHRM students must complete 1,200 hours of hospitality-related work experience prior to graduation.
“Most of these companies will allow students to work part-time or full-time, or to complete an internship for academic credit,” explained Siler.
Although SHRM’s next career fair is months away, it is never too early to prepare. Throughout the semester, SHRM will continue to plan and host various networking and professional development events to prepare students for their future career fairs and beyond.
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