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USC Students Prepare For Working World, Attend Career Fest

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Senior Mollie Torres reviews the list of employers attending the Spring 2012 Career Fest. She hopes her research will help her make a lasting impression on recruiters. Senior Mollie Torres reviews the list of employers attending the Spring 2012 Career Fest. She hopes her research will help her make a lasting impression on recruiters.

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:

  • Know Your Goal: what type of position are you looking for? Full-time? Part-time? Internship?
  • Research Titles and Companies: Know something about the companies on the list to come to the event and what types of jobs you might be interested in doing for them.
  • Make a Good Impression: Try to give recruiters a feel for your personality and keep in mind the first impression is what they'll remember.

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.

An orientation guide is available for those looking to attend the Career Fest today on the Career Center's website.

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