The Office of Career Services offers a variety of Workshops and Career Events throughout the year designed to prepare students of every stage of their career journey. Listed below are our current events scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please remember to continue to look as employers schedule on-campus table recruitment dates.
|Spring 2017 Events & Workshops|
|Walk-in Workshops||Every Tuesday, 1 - 3 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB*, Suite 211|
|Resume Preparation Workshop||Tuesday, January 24, 12-1 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB*, Room 220|
|Virtual On-Campus Job Fair||Wednesday and Thursday, January 25-26, 1-3 p.m.||Virtual Event|
|Career Fair Fiesta||Wednesday, February 8, 3-5 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB, Room 402|
|Spring Career Fair||
Thursday, February 23, 1-4 p.m.
|Main Campus, CAB, Room 402|
|Mock Interview Day||Wednesday, March 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB, Suite 211|
|Educators Fair||Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB, Room 402|
|How to Conduct a Job Search||Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB, Room 219|
|Government and Non-Profit Day||Wednesday, April 19, 1-3 p.m.||Main Campus, CAB, 1st floor Lobby|
|Money Smart Week||Monday-Friday, April 24-28||TBD|
|*Central Academic Building (CAB)|
How to Prepare for a Career Fair
Career fairs are an excellent way to meet recruiters, look for internships and jobs and research organizations you may be interested in working for now or in the future. The chance to meet face-to-face with employers at these events is a solid addition to your job search. Students of all academic classifications are invited to network with these employers from various career fields. Since you have a short time to make all important great first impression, make sure you are prepared from the start!
|What to Do and Not Do at a Career Fair||Career Fair Success|
Used with permission from the UCLA Career Center
|Questions to Expect at a Career Fair|
Before the Career Fair
- Develop a resume that highlights your accomplishments, skills and experience.Need help creating a killer resume check out our Resume Essentials webpage. Prior to the career fair, have your resume reviewed by Career Services. We accept resumes via email so feel free to contact us. Do not forget to bring plenty of copies to distribute to employers you may be targeting at the fair.
- Review the list of employersparticipating in the career fair here. Look at the organizations profile and their targeted majors. Thoroughly research those that interest you and prepare questions to ask them at the career fair.
- Know yourselfbefore you go. Employers are most interested in candidates who know who they are and what they want.
- Prepare a 20 to 30 second elevator speech to introduce yourself to employers. Prepare a list of your skills and talents that set you apart from other candidates and be ready to present them to the employer. You can highlight your internships, work experience, academic acheivement and characteristics that a candidate would have for the position you are seeking.Here are some things you may want to include in your elevator pitch:
Elements of an Elevator Speech
- Dress professionally. Career fairs require the same attention to dress as an interview. A dark suit is always appropriate. For more information about what to wear to a career fair check out our Dress for Success guide.
- Attend the "Career Fair Fiesta" session held prior to the career fair. This event will held give you the tools needed to be a career fair success. For event schedule information visit our events page.
- Do not bring any unnecessary items to the career fair (i.e. backpacks).
At the Career Fair
- Be confident and show enthusiasm for each organization. If you are excited about an organization or a position, let the employer know!
- Give a firm handshake to the recruiter and look them in the eye. Say your name loudly enough that they can hear.
- Collect business cards from each person you talk to so you can follow up after the career fair.
- Hand out resumes to each employer. Some employers will still ask you to apply online. This is to comply with federal regulations about the way employers keep data on applicants. While this can be frustrating, it does NOT mean the employer is not interested or does not have opportunities available.
- Be ready to ask questions. Your questions will depend on whether you are actively looking for a position or exploring careers. For help on what questions to ask or what questions to expect from recruiters check out our guide here.
After the Career Fair
Send a thank you note. If an employer was especially helpful or interesting, write a brief email or written letter to let him/her know you appreciated the opportunity to visit.
Look for opportunities to contact key organizations again. Find out when they will be back on campus. Check with Career Services to see if the organizations you are interested in have scheduled on-campus interviews.
- Find Additional Career Fairs -
1. Choice Career Fairs: This national company hosts approximately six career fairs in San Antonio yearly. You need to register at their website to attend.
2. National Career Fairs: This national company hosts approximately six career fairs in San Antonio yearly. You need to register at their website to attend.
3. Employment Guide.com: This site hosts Job Fairs Live!, an online career fair where job seekers and employers can interact in a virtual environment.
4. Texas Job Fair Calendar: You can search for career fairs which are being held in San Antonio and other Texas cities.
5. LatCareers.com: Site for career fairs at which employers seek bilingual Spanish/English job seekers. Must register online at http://www.latcareers.com/job-fair/career-seekers.php
6. Military Career Expo: Recruiting event for veterans. Must register on website.
7. Military Officers Association of America: This site hosts live and virtual career fairs for active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers, and their families. Some career fairs also welcome government employees who are job seekers.
8. RecruitMilitary: This company generally hosts one career fair in San Antonio for veterans yearly.
9. Diversity Job Fairs: This national company hosts approximately three career fairs in San Antonio yearly. You need to register at their website to attend.
10. Coast to Coast Job Fairs: This national company hosts approximately one career fair in San Antonio yearly. You need to register at their website to attend.
San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Center Association (SACUCCA): Member School Events - click here