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2015 participating employers:

  • Access Point
  • AlcoTec Wire
  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company
  • Bankers Life
  • Bay Motor Products
  • Bill Marsh Automotive Group
  • BrightStar Care of Northern Michigan
  • Charter Communications
  • Chateau Chantal
  • Chemical Bank
  • Cherry Republic
  • City Opera House
  • CloudAccess.net
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Crystal Mountain Resort
  • Dan Brady Painting & Wood Restoration
  • Disability Network Northern Michigan
  • East Bay Medical
  • EFulfillment Service
  • ExpressJet Airlines
  • Flight Path Creative
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan
  • Grand Beach & Sugar Beach Resort Hotels
  • Grand Hotel
  • Grand Traverse HILO
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions
  • Grand Traverse Resort And Spa
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Hagerty
  • Holy Cross Children's Services
  • Home Depot
  • Inforth Technologies
  • Inland Seas Education Association
  • Integrity Home Health and Skilled Care
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Landscape Logic
  • Leelanau Vacation Rentals
  • Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
  • MacDonald Garber Broadcasting
  • McLain Cycle
  • Michigan State Police
  • Monarch Home Health Services LLC
  • Mondelez International - Nabisco
  • Morse Moving & Storage
  • Northern Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Northwest Michigan Surgery Center
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Northwest Michigan Works!
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oryana Natural Foods Market
  • Peninsula Cellars
  • PepsiCo
  • Pirate's Cove North
  • PMP Personnel Services
  • Porcelain Patrol
  • Right At Home
  • Safety Net, Inc.
  • Sam's Club
  • SCORE
  • Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
  • Short's Brewing
  • Social Security Administration
  • Sodexo at The Grand Traverse Pavilions
  • Speedway LLC
  • Summerset Properties/Cambria Suites
  • Tamarack Lodge
  • The Auto Club Group
  • The Plascon Group
  • Tilecraft Inc.
  • Todd Hart, State Farm Agent
  • Tom's Food Markets
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools
  • Traverse City Golf and Country Club
  • Traverse City State Bank
  • Traverse City Record-Eagle
  • TruGreen
  • Truself Organics
  • Two Men And A Truck
  • Tyson Foods
  • Williams and Bay Pumping
  • Windemuller Electric Inc.

Career & Employment Fair

Information for Participants

The Career & Employment Fair is a great place to meet employers. Representatives from companies across the region attend the fair to meet potential employees and increase awareness of their organization. The event is open to students, alumni and community members.

A successful career fair experience takes planning and preparation. Please use the checklist below to plan for the fair, maximize your time with employers and stand out among other attendees. NMC has a number of resources and videos available to help you prepare for the Career & Employment Fair.

Information for Student volunteers

Thank you for volunteering! We are excited about the event. Please read the information provided in the link. It provides useful information you will need for volunteering. See you at the Great Lakes Campus March 5th! Download the information sheet for student volunteers »

Preparing for the Career Fair:

  • Know what to expect. [video I worksheet]
  • Review, update and make copies of your resume. [video I worksheet]
  • Return to the Career Fair website to view a list of employers that are attending. Identify the company representatives you would like to meet. Research the companies using their websites; learn about their services, products and positions. [video I worksheet]
  • Create a list of questions you would like to ask. Avoid asking, "What does your company do?" This indicates you have not taken the time to learn about their company. Some sample questions include:
    • Can you tell me more about the position and type of person you are seeking?
    • What is unique about your organization?
    • How do I find out about job openings within your organization?
    • What are the skills and attributes you value most in your employees?
    • Do you have advice for someone wanting to enter the field?
    • What type of educational background do you look for in your employees?
    • How would someone like me contribute to the company?
    • What do you enjoy most about working for the company?
    • May I contact you with further questions?
  • Determine what to wear the day before the event. Dress in business attire. First impressions are important.
  • Develop and rehearse your "elevator pitch." This is a 30- to 60-second introduction including your name, job of interest, why you want to work for the company and why you are qualified. [video I worksheet]
  • Allow yourself adequate time to spend at the Career Fair as you may have to wait to meet some companies.

What to Bring:

  • Pen and paper for notes
  • Resumes
  • Portfolio (not a backpack) for gathering information
  • Business cards and samples of your work (if applicable)

At the Career Fair:

  • Develop an action plan to target your top companies. A layout of the companies in attendance will be available upon arrival.
  • Make eye contact, smile, shake hands, actively listen, and communicate confidently, professionally and with enthusiasm.
  • Use your "elevator pitch" to market yourself. Indicate how your skills can be utilized by the company. Express interest in the position and company.
  • Ask questions. These questions may relate to the future direction of the company, positions, or skill sets they are seeking.
  • Collect business cards from everyone you meet. If you are unable to get a business card be sure to get the person's contact information or at least the company's contact information.
  • Make notes after meeting with each company. Include information such as next steps you should take; the application process; any specific hiring contacts.

After the Career Fair:

  • Review your notes.
  • Send thank-you emails or notes within a few days to each company representatives you met. This brief note thanks the company representative for their time, reiterates your interest, and highlights your qualifications. Additional suggestions could be found on this video or worksheet.