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Career Days scheduled later this month at Hump

September 9, 2010

All MSU students and alumni are invited to attend the 2010 Career Days at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Business/Non-Technical Career Fair is being held from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 and the Engineering/Technical Career Fair is from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22.
Opportunities include potential co-op, internship and full-time employment, as well as a greater knowledge of the interview process.
Up to 175 employers will be attending, including Cellular South, Inc., McDonald’s USA, GE Aviation, Chevron Corporation, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards, Entergy, Frito-Lay, Mississippi Dept. of Human Services, Siemens, and ThyssenKrupp.
For a full list of employers, click on the “Events” tab at the Career Center’s website at http://career.msstate.edu.
Career Center staff members recommends preparing before Career Day by viewing a list of all the employers on “Connections,” a link on the Career Center’s website.
Researching these companies is also recommended; this not only helps students find companies that suit their preferences but also aids in the interview: Company representatives are impressed when students have knowledge about their company. 
Students should bring several copies of their resumes to Career Day. If they desire, students can also have their resumes reviewed and critiqued by a member of the Career Center.
Business dress is preferred and considered more professional. For men, this means a “business suit or khaki/dress slacks with a long-sleeved shirt or golf shirt.” 
Jeans are not acceptable on Career Day.
Ladies also have the option of wearing a business suit, or slacks/skirt with a nice modest blouse.
Career Center staff members offer students the following tips to have a successful Career Day:
• Attend alone; don’t travel in pairs or with a group.
• Let the representatives know what you have learned from researching the company and why you are interested in working for them.
• Have several copies of your resume to distribute.
• Arrive a few minutes early to look over the handout and mark the table numbers you will visit.
• Make the organization in which you are most interested the second or third place you stop; this gives you more time to relax and get a feel for the event.
• Be confident. Approach representatives with a firm handshake and a smile.
• Collect business cards from those with which you would like to follow up.
• Thank them for their time.
Students can visit the Career Center for multitudes of information on preparation for the job-search process, such as writing your resume, sample interview questions, etiquette, networking, and more.
For more information about this year’s Business/Non-technical Career Day, contact organizer Jan Fitzgerald at 325-3344.

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