Wait A Second, I Have to Graduate?

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like second semester senior year totally came too quickly!  I’ve loved my time in college, and part of me wants to stay forever, but I know it’s time to begin the next chapter of my life (cue sentimental music here).   To get the ball rolling I know I will definitively be taking advantage of these two Unknowngreat opportunities:  **note, these events are not exclusively for graduating seniors, anyone can attend – underclassmen, graduate students, individuals simply looking for new job opportunities. Come one, come all!**

  • Maryland Career Consortium will be hosting more than 100 of the area’s top employers on Friday, February 7 at Towson University.  The logoevent is from 10:00-2:30pm, giving you plenty of time to pop over before, after, or between classes! (Or if you’re a lucky duck like I am with no Friday classes, you can peruse the booths and network with potential employers for hours on end!)
  • NET/WORK, a tech job fair put on by Technical.ly Baltimore, will feature more than 15 local and regional tech companies that are ready to hire!  The event will be on Thursday February 20 from 3:00-7:00pm.  This uniquely informal event will also include:
    • Match Making: Complete a survey before the event to meet top employer pick
    • Casual Atmosphere: A departure from the atmosphere of traditional jobs fairs
    • Expo/Fair: Companies show off their latest projects and meet attendees
    • Mini-interviews: Participate in casual, mini interviews with prospective employers in a quiet area
    • Staq will be presenting dev talks for budding-to-seasoned developers:
      • Mike Subelsky, cofounder and CTO of Staq, will give a talk on Ruby: “How to Write Clean, Concise, and Confident Ruby Code” (recommended for beginner-to-intermediate-level developers)
      • Brian Kemper, senior software engineer at Staq, will present on JavaScript: “How and Why To Make Your Own Web GUI Toolkit”
  • After-Party: Featuring local craft brews (You must be 21+ to drink. They will be checking IDs.)

The best part? It’s FREE for students. Use code “COLLEGETOWN” to say you heard about this event from us!

Find out more and RSVP here.

If you’re planning to attend either one of these events, or any other career fair, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

  • Bring at least 20 copies of your resume
    • Pass those bad boys out like candy!
  • Dress to Impress
    • Proper business attire is a must!  No jeans, t-shirts, leggings, or sneakers – this is the big leagues, folks.dress-for-success

If you’re not quite sure how to dress, check out this tutorial

  • Have your personal commercial ready
    • Be ready to give a brief 30 second introduction explaining your interests and qualifications
  • Do your research
    • Knowing some key points about a company beforehand will help you engage in conversation with their recruiter
  • Get the interviewer/recruiter’s business card
    • Give them a call or send them an email as a follow up to remind them how great you are!

Or, if you’re looking for an internship for the semester or for the summer be sure to check out the resources on our website (It’s where I found mine!)  And be sure to take full advantage of your school’s career center!

Best of luck, everybody! If you have any other job search tips or opportunities feel free to leave a comment below.

-Madison Boris, intern

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