Business and Communications Career Fair

Wednesday, October 29 | 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. | Kent Campus Center Hubbell Hall

What is a career fair?

A career fair is an event that brings together employers and students.  Employers come to advertise their open internship, summer, part time, and full time opportunities.  Students come to show their interest in these positions and make contacts with employers in their chosen career fields.

Who should attend a career fair?

1. Students who are looking for internship, summer, part time, or full time opportunities
2. Students who are exploring careers

What employers are attending this career fair?

So far, the below companies have signed up.  Continue checking this website as more confirm their attendance:

Blue Compass Interactive
Recruiting Marketing, Public Relations, Multimedia Journalism, and Computer Science Majors
Internship and Full Time Positions
We are a leading team of web & mobile experts helping businesses succeed online through web design, development & online marketing. Based in West Des Moines, Iowa, we serve clients nationwide from top national brands to smaller businesses in nearly every industry. We deeply care about each client and are dedicated to their brand.
We provide unique, exceptional designs that have been honored by prestigious organizations such as Adobe.  Our development is award-winning, easy to use, and custom built for each unique project – no average, out of the box, one size fits all solutions. Our online marketing is the best in the industry –  we truly understand how to effectively use search engine optimization and social media for business – and we provide analytics so customers can see the actual ROI.
Many companies try to do it all – video, print, advertising, web… We focus all our energies and expertise on one medium: the web. We know how to make your project succeed online.

Epic
Recruiting All Majors
Full Time Positions
As a worldwide leader in the development of software for healthcare organizations, Epic is driving change for an entire industry – one that affects the quality of life for everyone.  Our team works with some of the nation’s most respected healthcare organizations and collaborates with the best minds in medicine. The challenges we tackle on a day-to-day basis impact the lives of more than 172 million patients worldwide and 279,000 providers in the US alone, and we’re committed to the common goal of improving healthcare. We’re searching for smart, passionate people who want to achieve great things.  If you want to be part of something truly important, consider a career at Epic.

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Recruiting Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations Majors
Internship and Part-Time Positions
Love of Quilting magazine is known for clear and accurate instructions, inspiring projects, and helpful hints, tips, and techniques. Marianne Fons and Liz Porter are two of the most trusted educators in quilting, and they bring their knowledge and skills to every issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.
The public television series Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” is hosted by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter and a co-production with Iowa Public Television. When planning the episodes for the 13-part series, Liz and Marianne choose projects and techniques to demonstrate many different aspects of quiltmaking. Their goal is for every episode to teach you a new trick or method that will make your own quilting easier, more accurate, and more fun.

Greater Des Moines Partnership
Recruiting All Majors
Internship and Full Time Positions
In Central Iowa, you have the opportunity to become more than just a number, a person in a cubicle, or a nameless face in a sea of people. The work culture is inclusive and broad. CEOs throughout the city have open door policies. Or, become your own CEO with our business friendly climate. Whatever you want to do, you can find your start in Des Moines. The major industries within the Central Iowa include, but are not limited to: Financial Services, Government, Advanced Manufacturing, Trade and Service, Bioscience, Information Technology. Data Centers and Logistics.

Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery store chain with more than 230 retail stores and over 70,000 employees. With sales of more than $8 billion, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Its slogan, “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” expresses the foundation of the company’s operating philosophy.

The IMT Group
Recruiting Management, Actuarial Science, Accounting, And Computer Science Majors
Internship and Full Time Positions
The IMT Group, locally run from its home office in West Des Moines, IA is a property and casualty insurance company serving nearly 800 Independent Agencies in the Midwest.  IMT offers a strong line of personal and commercial products for which it has always been known.   IMT is an insurance company advanced in automation and has won awards for innovative technology.
A very competitive compensation and benefits package including a rich pension plan is provided to all employees.  Being a fun (yet professional) environment, incorporating year round activities/events and a commitment to community service, there is a perfect blend of social opportunities and career development for everyone.  To learn more, find us on imtins.com, Facebook, or LinkedIn!

KDSM Fox 17
Internship and Full Time Positions
KDSM is the local Fox affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.  We are a part of Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcasting companies in the country.

Marketlink
Kick your shoes off and stay awhile
On second thought…the Marketlink dress code actually requires all employees to wear shoes at all (most) times. So scratch that idea. But still, it’s an extra fun place to work nonetheless, and there’s surely an exciting opportunity here that’s just right for you and your shoe(s).
At Marketlink many of us get paid to own the phone all day. Our 500-plus call center professionals are some of the most gifted talkers in the telemarketing industry, accomplishing things on the phone Alexander Graham Bell could have never imagined.
Many of our employees get paid handsomely to do other cool stuff, too. So no matter what type of position you seek, just browse our current openings, find your ideal match, and get ready to join the Marketlink team!

Mediacom Communications Corporation
We serve over 1,500 communities throughout the country. While most of our coverage is in America’s smaller cities and towns, we believe our customers deserve the same level of digital services that people receive in major metropolitan areas. We have invested millions of dollars to build a nationwide fiber optic infrastructure to deliver a wide array of advanced products and services including digital cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone service.  We are dedicated to keeping jobs in the communities we serve. Our diversified workforce of over 4,400 employees lives and works in the 22 states where we do business.

Menards
Recruiting All Majors
Part Time, Internship, and Full Time Positions
Menards, based out of Eau Claire, WI, is a privately owned company and leader in the home improvement retail industry.  We currently operate over 286 stores across the Midwest.  As a company we promote from within, so we are looking for driven team players seeking a rewarding and challenging career with endless opportunity for advancement.

Midwest Professional Staffing
Recruiting Accounting, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, and Computer Science Majors
Full Time Positions
Here at Midwest Professional Staffing we provide great people in the areas of accounting, office administration, customer service, and data entry. We locate talent for temporary, temporary to hire and full time job opportunities.

Modern Woodmen
Recruiting Accounting, Economics, Management, and Public Relations Majors
Internship and Full Time PositionsModern Woodmen was founded in 1883 and today we continue to serve the financial security needs of our over 759,000 members and their families as one of America’s leading fraternal financial services providers.  Our main purpose is to help members plan for their financial security through insurance, investment, annuity, retirement planning and banking products.  But we offer financial security with a plus through fraternal benefits, social, educational and volunteer opportunities, and community support through member-sponsored fundraisers and volunteer projects.  That’s a difference you can be proud of.

Mudd Advertising
Recruiting Marketing and Public Relations Majors
Internship and Full Time Positions
Mudd Advertising is an exclusive, full-service marketing agency that partners with over 3,000 clients across the United States each year. We deliver results through strategic planning, creative advertising and integrated marketing. As an emerging company with over 170 staff members, Mudd Advertising has the capabilities to provide a full range of marketing services including advertising, digital marketing, database management, direct marketing, production, Internet, public relations, training and consulting.

Murphy Tower Service LLC
We build and maintain radio communication towers for all major cell phone carriers as well as municipalities and government entities.

Northwestern Mutual
Recruiting All Majors
Internship, Summer, and Full Time Positions
• “World’s Most Admired” company in its industry for 24 years (Fortune Magazine 2010)
• “Top 10 Internship in America”, 16 consecutive years (Vault Magazine, 2013)
• A Des Moines Register “Top Workplace in 2013″ , 3 consecutive years
• “Fifth largest independent broker-dealer” (Financial Planning Magazine, June 2006)
• A “Top 50 Company to Sell For”, 11 consecutive years (Selling Power, 2013)
• Northwestern Mutual consistently earns the best possible financial strength ratings from the four major financial ratings services: Moody’s Aaa, 4/2013; Standard & Poor’s AAA, 7/2013; Fitch Ratings AAA, 6/2013; A.M. Best Company A++, 7/2013

Pella Corporation
Internship, Summer, and Full Time Positions
Pella Corporation is an innovative leader in creating a better view for homes and businesses by designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications. As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its history of innovation, making outstanding products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company provides careers for about 6,500 team members and is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity, and practicing environmental stewardship.

Target Stores
Recruiting All Majors
Internship and Full Time Positions
Target offers a world of possibilities in an environment that will encourage you to innovate and contribute ideas. Join a company that’s always moving forward to what’s next. Be a part of a team that has revolutionized retail, championed design, and volunteered thousands of hours giving back to their communities.
Target Corporation serves guests at more than 1,800 stores throughout the U.S., Canada, and at Target.com.

Thrivent Financial
Recruiting Economics, Accounting, Management, and Public Relations Majors
Full Time Positions
Thrivent is a national, membership-owned organization of Christians. We help members thrive by being wise with money, living generously and
changing lives.

Vermeer
Recruiting Marketing, Public Relations, Management, and Pre-Engineering Students
Part Time, Internship, and Full Time Positions
Founded in 1948 by Iowa-native Gary Vermeer, Vermeer Corporation is a premier manufacturer of agricultural, environmental and underground construction equipment. The Vermeer product lineup includes forage equipment, brush chippers, stump cutters, compost turners and grinders, as well as horizontal directional drilling systems, utility and track trenchers, and mini skid steers. Along the famous “Vermeer mile,” more than 2,000 dedicated employees in seven manufacturing facilities and a world-class training facility continuously create solutions for customers around the world.

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Internship and Full Time Positions
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a mutual insurance company owned by its policyholders. Wellmark and its subsidiaries provide health coverage to more than 2 million members in Iowa and South Dakota. And through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellmark is part of a trusted national network that covers more than 100 million people. That’s nearly 1/3 of all Americans.
We offer flexible benefit designs, competitive prices, and a large selection of providers. Nearly all physicians and hospitals in Iowa and South Dakota participate with Wellmark, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association provides extensive national and international coverage.

Wells Fargo
Recruiting Marketing Majors
Part Time and Full Time Positions
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, online (wellsfargo.com), and mobile devices.
We’re headquartered in San Francisco, but we’re decentralized so every local Wells Fargo store is a headquarters for satisfying
all our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially. We do business with one in three U.S. households.
Wells Fargo has more than 265,000 team members in 36 countries across our approximately 90 businesses.
At the end of first quarter 2014, Wells Fargo ranked fourth in assets among U.S. banks.

WHO-HD Television
Recruiting Multimedia Journalism Majors
Part Time and Internship Positions
NBC affiliate based in Des Moines.  Produce news for on air. mobile and online around the clock.  Journalists in our news operation include anchors, reporters, producers, photographers and editors.  Part-time producing and editing opportunities available for college students and college grads.

If you would like Career Services to request a specific employer be in attendance, please email Bobbi Meyer (bobbi.meyer@simpson.edu).

How do I prepare for the career fair?
  • Research each organization which interests you.  Employers will be impressed if you come with an understanding of what their company does and have intelligent questions prepared.
  • Prepare a solid resume to hand employers of interest.  Check out Career Services’ resume manual to get you stated.  You should also make an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed.
  • Practice your firm handshake, eye contact, and “elevator speech.”  An elevator speech is a 30 second introduction of yourself which includes information on your education, experience, and interest.
What should I wear to the career fair?

Career fair dress is business professional.  Men should wear a suit or nice slacks, a collared shirt, and a tie.  Ladies should wear a skirt or pants suit, nice slacks and a nice top, or a professional dress.  Both genders should stick to conservative colors (black, gray, brown), be aware of necklines and length, and wear minimal jewelry and perfume.  Jeans and sweats should not be worn to this event. 

What are tips for finding success at the Career Fair?
  • Research, Research, Research.  The more you know about the companies that interest you, the easier you conversations with employers will flow.
  • Check your coat and backpack at the door; you will feel more comfortable carrying only your resumes and a professional notepad and pen.
  • Approach employers alone.  While it may feel less daunting to travel the fair with friends, this is your time to shine as an individual.
  • Ask for business cards – this will allow you to follow-up after the career fair is over.
  • Be sincere and thank the employers for their time spent with you.
What if I’m not interested in Business or Communications?

Two more fairs will be held this year:
-S.T.E.M Career Fair: January 28th
-Human Services Career Fair: April 8th