In all, 108 employers registered to attend the event, up from 96 in 2014. Among them, there were 36 Ursinus alums from 27 organizations.
The fair “is designed to help students explore career options, speak with professionals from hiring organizations, nurture their professional network, and discuss career and internship opportunities,” says Carla Rinde, Director of Career and Professional Development. “The most critical thing students can learn from this event is that the real world is not organized by major. The skills Ursinus students develop can be applied to a variety of fields and opportunities.”
The fair was open to all students. “Students were able to view the list of employers attending in advance and see how their background and experiences could add value to more organizations than they may have originally considered,” says Rinde. “An added benefit to attending the fair is to meet potential employers in person. Nothing replaces face-to-face contact for making a positive first impression. The fair gives our talented students a chance to strut their stuff.”
New to the event this year was the opportunity to sit for a free, formal head shot taken by a professional photographer. “We are excited about adding this feature,” says Sharon Hansen, Associate Director for Employer Relations. The photos are “for use on their online networking sites, such as LinkedIn. A professional photo on a LinkedIn profile is essential. Profiles without a strong photo are less effective than those that include one… and a good approachable photo can help a student make the same kind of positive first impression on people as if you were greeting them in person.” The booth had lines of students taking advantage of the photography.