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:

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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: February 11th
-Human Services Career Fair: April 8th