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Career & Employment Fair

Information for Participants

NMC’s 13th annual Career Fair will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Hagerty Conference Center from 4–6 p.m. 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.

Why attend a career fair?

Applying for a job or internship online often takes days, weeks or sometimes months before you get any responses. Aside from your cover letter, you usually have no way to show your personality to the recruiter or company. This is a great way to meet with employers face to face and pitch to them why you'd be a great fit!

Preparing for the Career Fair:

  1. Bring many copies of your resume. Employers will want you to leave a copy with them, and you never know where you'll make an extra connection.
  2. Come prepared! Review the list of employers that are attending. Identify the companies you would like to meet. Research the companies using their websites; learn about their services, products and positions. This was you can ask focused and specific questions.
  3. Dress appropriately. Plan ahead what you will wear. Dress in business attire. First impressions are important!
  4. 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?
    • 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?
    • What do you enjoy most about working for the company?
    • May I contact you with further questions?
  5. 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.

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:

  • Get your bearings. When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the map for the fair. You may feel more comfortable if you quickly locate and walk by the employers in whom you're most interested. This will confirm their location and alert you to any lines of others waiting.
  • Prioritize the employers you're most interested in. If time allows, visit an employer that you have less interest in. This will allow you to practice your elevator pitch and build confidence for visits to the employers you're more excited about.
  • 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. Those questions you prepped pre fair? Now is the time to let the employer know you did your research and you're interested!
  • 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.

More Resources

2019 Participating Employers

2019 participating employers with positions »

  • 4Front Credit Union
  • Aspen Wireless Technologies, Inc
  • Autism Centers of Michigan
  • Bay Area Recycling for Charities
  • Bay Area Transportation Authority
  • Cedar Run Eye Center
  • Chateau Grand Traverse
  • Cherry Republic
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Cornerstone Staffing Solutions
  • Crystal Downs Country Club
  • Crystal Mountain
  • DNR-Traverse City/Leelanau and Interlochen State Park
  • ESS/willSub
  • ExpressJet Airlines Pilot Recruiting Department
  • Fish Window Cleaning
  • Foundation Systems of Northern Michigan
  • Gourdie Fraser Inc
  • Grand Beach & Sugar Beach Resort Hotels
  • Grand Hotel
  • Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
  • Grass River Natural Area, Inc.
  • Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
  • Great Lakes Packing Company
  • Hagerty
  • Hantz Group
  • Harbor Care Associates
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Laker Shakes Burdickville Market
  • LochenHeath Golf Club
  • Lodgco Hospitality
  • Lowe's
  • MacAllister Rentals
  • Manpower
  • Manson Construction Co.
  • Michigan State Police
  • Mission Point Resort
  • Munson Healthcare
  • NP Service Company
  • Oryana Community Co-opS
  • PACE North
  • Pine Hill Nursery
  • PMP Personnel Services
  • Red Cross of North West Michigan
  • Samaritas
  • Sara Lee Frozen Bakery
  • Shanty Creek Resorts
  • Shoreline Fruit, LLC.
  • Speedway LLC
  • Spicer Group, Inc.
  • Springhill
  • Summit Companies
  • Team Bob's Heating/Cooling/Plumbing
  • TentCraft
  • The Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools
  • TruNorth Landscaping
  • UA Local 85 Plumbers, Steamfitters, and HVACR Service Techs
  • Upbound at Work
  • Versiti Michigan Blood
  • Weinkauf Plumbing & Heating Inc
  • Windemuller
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