Employment fair provides students opportunity to network

Students attend the annual internship fair.

This Wednesday, the Hannifan Center for Career Connections will host its fourth annual Employment Fair from 3–5 p.m. in the Wold Lobby.

The Employment Fair provides students with opportunities to speak with employers about their organization, their industry, possible internships and even potential full- or part-time positions. Chewy.com, ESPN West Palm Beach and Lexis Nexis are among approximately 55 companies that registered to attend.

Before participating, the career center urges students to research which employers they want to connect with ahead of time to make their interests a priority.

“The purpose of the Employment Fair is to provide students with the tools and resources to make important and valuable career decisions,” said Cameron Gill, internship and employment coordinator. “During the fair, students will take their vital first steps toward gaining employment by meeting with the employers face-to-face.”

Even if a student is not a senior or looking for a full-time job, they are still encouraged to sign up for the Employment Fair. For freshmen, it will be a great opportunity to start thinking about for whom they might want to work. For sophomores and juniors, it could prove immensely useful to begin seeking internships and part-time jobs.

Through the years, attending the Employment Fair has been beneficial for many students. The event helps students improve their job search skills, practice effective communication and network.

“When I was a student at Lynn, I attended the Employment Fair twice,” said Audrey Theroux, coordinator of student engagement. “The first time I went was more for networking opportunities and to see the companies that were there. The second time I went, I met the company where I ended up interning.”

The Employment Fair will be a quick and efficient way for students to meet with employers. It is different from the fall Internship Fair, which is mostly aimed at part-time and internship opportunities during the school year, while the Employment Fair focuses on summer and full-time positions

“I’m really excited about the Employment Fair because it’s such a great chance for us as students,” said Megan Selfridge, junior. “[The Career Connections office] has worked really hard to get employers and students interested. Everyone just wants the students to get the most out of it that they possibly could.”

Although pre-registration is recommended, it is not required. Students who do not sign up ahead of time can still attend. To sign up, students can visit the career center office on the first floor of the library or send a message on Instagram to @LynnUCareers.

This story originally appeared in iPulse on March 19, 2018.

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