The Candor

Career Development hosts Spring Career Fair: Event aims to help those looking for employment opportunities

By Stacy De Leon

NEWS EDITOR

Career Development and the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Spring Career Fair to help students, alumni and community members find employment and internship opportunities.

There have been about 600 employers that have been invited to this event, including Navistar, Calamos Investments and various radio stations. Students will be able to check which employers will be present at the career fair within the next week and throughout the month by going to the Career Development website.

“This is an opportunity for all majors to talk with employers from different industries,” said Julie Cosimo, director of Career Development. “I think it will help [participants] get face-to-face time with an employer regardless if they are hiring or not. It allows them to introduce, learn and pass on their resumes.”

There will be possible opportunities for those who are looking for part-time internships or full-time degree required opportunities. Those who plan on attending do not need to register for the event.

Career Development decides on which employers to invite through previous events. The Lisle Area Chamber Membership has also invited employers that they have built a relationship with through the years. Faculty and staff members have recommended employers as well.

“I will be going to this event because sometimes it can be hard to find an internship in your field,” shared junior Cristina De Leon.

Although, Career Development does not host this event every year, they believe it has been beneficial to attendees.

“When we have held this type of event, there are some students that have gotten interviews and landed jobs and internships,” commented Cosimo. “Some employers will direct them to the website to apply. Others will take resumes at the event.

Those that are planning to attend are required to dress professionally and are encouraged to bring at least 20 resumes. The Career Development office urges students who feel they need assistance with resumes to set up an appointment in their office, located in the basement of Krasa. Students are encouraged to bring a rough draft of their resume.

For assistance in learning how to assemble a resume, go to www.ben.edu/career. There will be handouts on how to start a good resume and Career Development has four professionals that can then help students improve it.

The event will be on Friday, April 27 in Krasa ABC from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m.  Anyone with questions should contact Career Development via their website or within their office, located in the basement of Krasa.