By: Angela Padgett
Recruiters from companies across the nation will fill the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Wednesday to meet with students seeking full-time, part-time, and internship positions in the coming months. USC's Career Center will host both the employers and students today from noon to 4 p.m. as part of their Spring 2012 Career Fest.
Senior Mollie Torres will be at the event, and she hopes her hard work in preparation will pay off.
"[I think] taking notes about employers, learning at least what they make and what business deals that they go into as well as some of their business culture is really important," Torres says.
Torres is also brushing up on her interview skills and tweaking her resume for the folks she will meet today.
"I went to a workshop last week about how to get a job, what to say, how to dress, things like that," Torres says.
USC's Career Center recommends students coming to the Career Fest prepare similarly to Torres. The list of tips provided on their website advises students to:
The Career Center also provides tools like JobMate search and Perfect Interview on their website for students to use to practice their interview skills and gather information about companies.
Beverly Dominick is the Director of Career Services for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She says attending events like the Career Fest is one of the best ways students can network in the professional world.
"I don't know where in one afternoon you could talk to as many people in your area at one particular time," Dominick says.
Torres agreed and said she understands what an invaluable resource the event could be for a soon-to-be graduate like herself.
"It's a little bit more of a foot in the door, maybe a leg or an arm in the door when you're able to talk to an employer instead of them just being able to see your resume online when you apply for a job," Torres says.