Friday, October 11, 2013

Employer’s Pet Peeves About Students

Written by Lauren Lind

Last week was the annual Fall Internship & Career Fair put on by Career Services. I talked to Enterprise Holdings, Jackson National Life Distributors LLC, and Copper Mountain about what students can do to improve regarding the overall Career Fair Experience. Rebecca Lupp, Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise, shared with me some key insights. She said “Students should talk to as many companies as possible. We pay to come to the Career Fair and want to talk to students! Many of students limit themselves by not being open to the various possibilities that each company has.” Even though a company might be focused specifically on Insurance, they might have openings within different departments such as marketing and finance. She also said, “The worst thing that will happen if you apply for a position is the company saying you are not the right match for them, so students should not be scared to go for it.”

Rebecca also mentioned that the CU campus is very casual and that students need to dress more professionally for a Career Fair setting which is a pet peeve that Jackson mentioned as well. Katie Youll, Senior Recruiting Coordinator, stated that as a student she didn’t fully grasp that meeting companies at a Career Fair makes your first impression on them. Dressing professionally, making eye contact, reaching out and shaking the employers hand, and being outgoing are all attributes that would help make a good first impression.

Talking to the Copper Recruiters I found that employers would find it helpful if when Students introduced themselves, they also said what their major was. The women I spoke to also told me that if students were not looking specifically for something to do with their major, they should let them know that. The employers are focused on not only what they can offer you, but also what you have to offer them. It’s a two way exchange, so be personable and honest when talking to the recruiters. Show interest and be engaged in the conversation.