Spring is an exciting time for all students. This means summer is coming, and what all seniors look forward to, graduation. Spring can also be a frustrating time when students start looking for jobs or summer internships. To help relieve some of this stress, the annual B.I.G. Career and Internship Fair is back. Students will get the chance to connect with over 140 employers from a dozen states at the Sioux Falls Convention Center Tuesday, March 3 from 11a.m.-3p.m.
The event offers many development opportunities for students including resume and LinkedIn reviews as well as classes to boost a LinkedIn account. Instruction in professional attire will also be offered along with Talent Now Hiring Events which gives a behind-the-scenes look into growing industries and businesses. If students register before February 25 they will receive a free professional headshot. Jessica Carlson, Assistant Director of the Thomas Kilian Academic Success Center says, “Students should take advantage of the opportunity to experience each of these supplemental offerings to receive free advice and guidance from career professionals as they prepare to enter the professional world of work.”
Employers are starting to use social media to scope out and research possible employees. A LinkedIn profile is a place students can make their resume easily accessible as well as inform employers of work history, leadership roles, academic accomplishments, and community involvement. It also serves as an online networking tool, a way to connect with community members, alumni from a student’s institution, faculty and staff and professionals who students wouldn’t otherwise connect with on other social media platforms. These connections are proven to be helpful when seeking employment.
Register for the B.I.G. Career and Internship Fair at Career Fairs Plus App. There is no fee to attend the event. Carlson says, “All students are welcome and encouraged to attend the event – freshman through seniors. Even if students aren’t looking for a full time job or internship yet, these events allow students to practice their networking and communication skills, better prepare their resumes and LinkedIn profiles for future use, and become part of an organization’s talent pipeline for internship and employment opportunities in the future.”