The University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus is hosting its annual Summer Job and Graduating Student Career Fair this Friday, Feb. 2 at the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students and alumni from UNB, St. Thomas University and New Brunswick Community College are invited to meet with more than 40 companies in the province and beyond.
Students attending the career fair will have a chance to see what employment opportunities are currently open to them and gain insight into the job market that awaits them.
Career fairs are a great way to network with professionals in your field and to learn about other career paths, says Anita Connolly, director of the Career Development and Employment Centre at UNB’s Fredericton campus.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet recruiters and employers while getting practical experience talking to people about their skills and professional goals,” she says.
The fair will feature representatives from organizations such as Opportunities New Brunswick, J.D. Irving, Limited, IBM, Bell Canada and the Government of New Brunswick. Employment opportunities are available for students and alumni from all faculties.
J.D. Irving, gold sponsor of the career fair, will also be in attendance. This month, the company announced its plans to hire 10,400 people over the next three years.
Students are encouraged to do their homework before the fair, as they will not have time to visit every booth. The Career Development and Employment Centre features a list of participating exhibitors, with links to each of their websites.
Ms. Connolly recommends students research the companies who will be present at the fair and be prepared to be interviewed on the spot.
“Like any job interview, you need to make a positive impression. This means coming prepared with appropriate documents and being dressed professionally. Have with you a strong resume that outlines both your technical and soft skills, practise your ’30-second Elevator Pitch’ and remember to follow up with the employer after the fair to thank them for speaking with you. You want to stand out for all of the right reasons.”
For support and guidance on how to prepare for the career fair, visit the Career Development and Employment Centre on Feb. 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a drop-in clinic.
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