Penn State to host career fairs for students, area residents

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is 6 percent, the lowest it has been since 2008, so now is a great time to check out job opportunities in the state. Penn State is offering two free career fairs that can help.

The Central Pennsylvania Regional Career Fair will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 19, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in Innovation Park. It is geared toward Penn State students and central Pennsylvania residents who wish to stay and work in this area. The Working in Pennsylvania Online Career Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, and is for Penn State students and Pennsylvania residents throughout the state.

So far, nearly 60 employers have registered to attend the seventh annual in-person fair. The online career fair, now in its second year, expects to have about 30 Pennsylvania employers participate.

“Even if you have a job, attending one or both career fairs will enable you to learn more about the job opportunities that are out there and what industries are hiring,” said Penn State career counselor Liz Lasher. “Talking with employers and networking can help you keep your job search and interview skills sharp.”

Sherry Rice, career fair coordinator for Penn State Career Services, said, “Both of these Pennsylvania Career Days events are open to Penn State students, as well as Pennsylvania residents. The in-person career fair is for Penn State students and area residents who are looking to stay in central Pennsylvania. It offers a great opportunity to meet with lots of employers in one spot and network. Students and employers who cannot come to the Penn State University Park campus, can network virtually during the online career fair.”

Lasher offers three career fair tips:

-- Visit the career fairs website (http://careerfairs.psu.edu/Pennsylvania/) often. Employers are added daily. Choose the employers you want to network with and learn more about them.

-- Create a 10- to 15-second elevator pitch about yourself, your education and skills and what you can offer an employer.

-- Write your résumé for your future — from the employer’s perspective, highlighting the skills that match the employer’s needs.

Central Pennsylvania Regional Career Fair; stand out and shine

An annual career fair hosted by Penn State Career Services and Penn State Continuing Education connects employers with local candidates. The prospective employees are not in the market for a job, they want a career, something long-term that takes skill, knowledge and dedication. The career fair allows candidates to engage in dozens of mini interviews with regional employers, all under one roof.

For information about the May 19 career fair, visit http://careerfairs.psu.edu/Pennsylvania/. To register for the May 20 online career fair, visit, http://careerfairs.psu.edu/Pennsylvania/student/WPA.shtml.

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Last Updated May 13, 2014