Business and Communications Career Fair

When: Wednesday, November 20th: 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Where: Hubbell 1 and 2 (2nd floor of Kent Campus Center)

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:

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.
  • Attend the Countdown to Career Fair workshops (Locations TBD):
    • Tuesday, November 12th: (1:00 – 4:00p.m.): Fall Mock Interview Day,
      Kent – Student Development Suite, 2nd floor
    • Tuesday, November 12th (6:30 – 8:00p.m.): Career Essentials Panel,
      Kent – Hubbell 2
    • Wednesday, November 13th (1:00p.m. AND 4:00p.m.): Resumes and Cover Letters,
      McNeill – Pioneer Conference Room
    • Thursday, November 14th (1:00p.m.): LinkedIn,
      McNeill – Pioneer Conference Room
    • Friday, November 15th (1:00p.m.): Interviewing,
      McNeill – Pioneer Conference Room
    • Monday, November 18th (1:00p.m. AND 4:00p.m.): Success at the Career Fair,
      McNeill – Pioneer Conference Room
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: February 19th
-Human Services Career Fair: March 26th