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Events

Events on- and off-campus give students and alumni access to employment and internship opportunities.

When you leverage our partnerships with community and education organizations, you increase your chances at building a successful career.

The St. Cloud WorkForce Center offers a variety of career related workshops. View their list of upcoming workshops for more details.

Upcoming Career Center Events

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Job and Internship Fair Checklist

A job and internship fair is a networking opportunity to meet with potential employers to learn more about their organization and culture, to secure an interview, and to gain more information about a specific industry or career path.

Before you go

  • Register in advance. View each career fair website and read about the attending employers, majors sought and if they are hiring. Don’t assume employers at job fairs are just seeking business or technical majors. More than half of employers at job fairs have at least one position for which they will consider any major.
  • Prepare yourself. Students have the most success by being prepared.
    • Have your résumé reviewed.
    • Do practice or mock interviews.
    • Prepare a 20-30 second personal introduction to use with employers.
      • Example: “Hello, my name is Jane Doe, and I am a junior marketing student at St. Cloud State University. I am looking for an internship for this summer, and I read on the website that “company’s name” has an internship program and I would like to ... .”
  • Research each employer.
    • Identify companies that interest you on the fair’s website and see who is accepting résumés before the fair or doing interviews at the fair. Contact employers before the fair to request interviews, the earlier the better.
    • Be able to tell the employer what you are looking for and why you want to work for them.
    • Explore each employer’s website. To impress employers, you should know:
      • What do they do? What are their main products or services?
      • What jobs do they have available?
      • What are the key skills and qualifications sought?
      • What is their mission statement?
      • What is currently going on at the company? What is the latest company news?
      • It is OK to make notes about the company or the position and bring questions to ask the company’s representative.

Getting there

  • Sleep. Being well rested will allow you to go to the fair with the necessary energy and enthusiasm.
  • What to wear: Professional attire is a must. Always dress for the job you want, not the one you have. You need to dress professionally for every job fair or interview even if the company has a casual dress policy.
  • What to bring:
    • At least 20 copies of your résumé, in a portfolio or briefcase.
    • A list of booth locations and employers.
  • Print map and directions to the fair.
  • Research parking options.
  • Bring cash for parking lots and ramps.
  • Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early. Allow time for traffic, finding the check-in and registration booth.
  • Stay late. Plan to stay as long as possible. Employers usually have more time to spend with you in the afternoon as it is usually less busy.

During the fair

  • Visit as many booths as possible: When meeting a recruiter, be direct. Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm handshake. Remember what you prepared.
    • Your goal is to get an interview. Let them know that you’re interested.
    • If they don’t ask for it, leave your résumé with the employer before leaving the booth.
    • Always get a business card from the employer.
  • If they are not currently hiring:
    • Find out when they anticipate having openings. If they don’t know when they will have any, ask if they would take your résumé , and follow up once a month.
    • Follow up.
  • If applications are only accepted online: Use it as a chance to explore opportunities and promote yourself. Employers are much more likely to go through a database and pull your résumé if you have spoken to them in person at a job fair.
    • Find out about positions that fit your background.
    • Get a business card from the person you spoke to.
    • After the fair, update your résumé to better fit the qualifications and skills sought.
    • Submit your résumé online within a day or two of the fair.
    • E-mail the employer you spoke to once your résumé is posted, letting them know that you have applied online.
  • If you have an interview: Check in 10 minutes early.
  • Don’t forget to network with the other participants.

After the fair

  • Send a thank you note or email to:
    • Each employer who you interviewed with. This is a must!
    • Companies you spoke to but did not interview with. It will help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Follow up! Many candidates get job offers months after the fair because they kept in touch with the employer representative. Be sure to follow up if ...
    • They said they would be in touch within two weeks and you haven’t heard from them.
    • A company told you to apply online, do so, then send the reminder e-mail to the person who you spoke to at the fair letting them know that you have applied.
    • They said that they weren’t hiring, follow up once a month.
  • Learn from your experience:
    • Analyze what you learned, make a plan of action and act on it.
    • Update your résumé .

Instructions for Mock Interviews, Feedback Fridays and LinkedIn Reviews

Mock Interviews are a great way to get interview experience, coaching and feedback from employers.

LinkedIn Reviews are specific to getting feedback on LinkedIn profiles.

Feedback Fridays are designed for employers to give advice on resumes, interviews or careers.

To sign up:

  • Log in to Jobs for Huskies.
  • Complete your profile and upload a resume.
  • Hover over "Interview Schedules" and click on "Sign-up for interviews I qualify for."
  • Scroll down and look for job titles that begin with
    • "Mock Interview - employer name".
    • "LinkedIn Reviews - employer name".
    • "Feedback Friday - employer name".
  • If you cannot sign-up for a time, the schedule may be full. Select a different position.
  • Contact our office if you still are having difficulties signing up.

On-Campus Interviews

On-campus interviews with employers are scheduled during fall and spring in Centennial Hall 215.

You must complete your profile in Jobs for Huskies and have a résumé uploaded to apply for the interviews.

How do you sign up for an interview?

  • You can look at the schedule under View All Upcoming Interviews but go to Sign up for Interviews I qualify for to apply.
  • Place your cursor over Interview Schedules and select View All Upcoming Interviews.
  • Fill in the search criteria to narrow your search or click on the Search button to view all schedules.
  • Click Schedule ID to see the specifics of the position.

Help is available at Career Center or 320-308-2151.

Other Job and Internship Fairs and Events

CBP Jobs and Internships Webinar

4-5 p.m. EST Sept. 20
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
This event is free.

Designed specifically for students and recent graduates interested in beginning a CBP career, this webinar will include an overview of the application process, a panel featuring CBP representatives, and a question and answer session on how the Pathways Programs can lead to a career at CBP.

Built Environment Career Fair

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Attend this career fair intended to help students explore career paths and connect with employers regarding full-time jobs and internships. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have a free professional photo taken for use on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, etc. 

Fields represented: 

  • Construction management
  • Facility management
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Engineering
  • Building science

Employers are very excited to meet students from all nine upper Midwest schools at one time! 

View details and browse the participating employers.

St. Cloud VA Career Fair

9 a.m.-Noon Oct. 14 at Rasmussen College, 226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud

VA careers offer salaries and comprehensive benefits comparable to the private sector. But, VA has something that no other health care system does: the opportunity to serve Veterans. As the largest health care system in the U.S., the career opportunities are endless, matched with the fulfillment that comes with caring for these brave men and women.

Information on benefits, advancements, pay scales, and the VA boarding process will be available at the Career Fair.

Pre-registration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume or CV, and a laptop computer or tablet so they can set up an account in the electronic hiring system during the event. Computers are available for those without portable devices.

For more information on the Career Fair contact Elaine Eckstrom, at 320-252-1670, Ext. 7276, or Sarah Garrett, 320-252-1670, Ext. 6002.

A current list of job openings is available at https://www.usajobs.gov.

Health-Related Career Fair

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct 23 at Gorecki Conference Center at the College of Saint Benedict

Recruiting representatives will be available to discuss internship/gaining experience, volunteer, grad school and career opportunities within health-related fields with first-year through senior CSB/SJU and SCSU students.

No fee or pre-registration is required of students.

View the list of employers and more information.