by Valerie Kielmovitch
You have seen the notices all over campus: Company ‘XYZ’ will be presenting this evening! You start to think of all of the projects, homework, activities, and other obligations you have and decide not to attend. But…you have always had an interest in working for company ‘XYZ’ and have researched their website on the internet. Even so, you think to yourself that you really are not missing that much, right?
Attending a company information session has considerable advantages. Here are a few reasons why you should always plan to attend:
- Companies host information sessions because they want students to learn more about their company beyond what is found on the internet or their company website
- You have the opportunity to network and connect with recruiters or professionals who may be influential in helping you to secure a position in the company
- Many alumni return to present at these sessions and are more than willing to network with students at their alma mater
- Presenting your resume to a company representative in person could lead to an interview and a potential job
- A few companies provide food at their sessions and who doesn’t enjoy free food?!?!
Here are some tips to be successful at these sessions:
- Make sure you are on time
- Dress in business casual clothing
- Take notes and ask thoughtful questions
- Bring an updated copy of your resume on quality resume paper
- Be willing to stay after the session to speak with a recruiter, but remember not to be pushy or overbearing
- Stay up-to-date with information sessions and presentations by utilizing Career Services and by checking the calendar in the EagleHire Network regularly
Companies come to ERAU because they know you are pursuing a great education. Make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to you in order to increase your options when it comes time for you to graduate.
Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for nearly two years. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.