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Dress to Impress for Tomorrow’s Career Expo

More than 125 employers expected at event

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It’s time to iron your business casual attire, print out a stack of résumés, and practice your elevator pitch—all in anticipation of tomorrow’s Spring Career Expo. The Center for Career Development (CCD)–sponsored event will bring a wide range of potential employers to campus tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the George Sherman Union. More than 125 participants are expected, including GE Energy Management, the New York Times, clothing retailers Abercrombie & Fitch and Jack Wills, the Fairmont Copley Plaza, and nonprofits like the Peace Corps and City Year. A complete list of employers is here.

Event organizers stress that tomorrow’s expo isn’t just for graduating seniors. “We even encourage underclassmen not yet looking for internships to attend, just so they get some practice speaking with employers and get a sense of what a career expo is like,” says Eleanor Cartelli, CCD associate director for marketing and communications.

Michelle Cedeño has attended several CCD expos, but as a graduating senior, she is most excited about this one. “I like the exposure the career fair offers,” says Cedeño (CAS’14). “It shows me all the opportunities available, especially during this time of transition.”

Cartelli recommends students use the BU CareerLink to research in advance the companies and organizations attending the expo and the positions they are seeking to fill. “It’s also helpful to create a target list so that you make sure to speak with recruiters from all of the organizations you are most interested in,” advises Cartelli. Attendees should dress professionally. If you have a suit, wear it, but dresses, skirts, and blouses, or slacks and button-down shirts are also acceptable attire.

The CCD will have staff and student ambassadors available for last-minute preparations and to provide feedback for students practicing their elevator pitches—those short speeches designed to help you sell yourself.

Cartelli says the most important thing is for attendees to come prepared. “The more you know, about what you are looking for, what the organizations do, and what positions are available, the more confident and comfortable you will be with speaking with the recruiters.”

BU’s Spring Career Expo is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union, second floor, 775 Commonwealth Ave. The Center for Career Development will hold a résumé blitz today, February 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the CCD, 100 Bay State Road, sixth floor. Registration is not required.

Kat Sorensen can be reached at katsoren@bu.edu.

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One Comment on Dress to Impress for Tomorrow’s Career Expo

  • heather on 02.11.2014 at 8:23 pm

    is this for students only, or can alumni attend?

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