Job fairs, etiquette dinners prepare students for future

Career Services hosted the Job and Internship Fair in Lord Conference Center this fall.
Located on the second floor of Mabee, Career Services hosts several events throughout the semester to help students find jobs.
There were 36 different booths set up at the fair. Students had the opportunity to visit with representatives from the various companies, score free merchandise, and submit resumes to potential employers.
According to Career Services’ Director Don Owens, the university restructured the fair this year to include more majors. Before the restructuring, most of the booths were geared toward business and IT majors. Some of the companies at the fair included Baylor Scott and White Health, CGI, Farmer’s Insurance, FBI San Antonio, McLane, the U.S. Army, McLane Company and Dell.
A unique feature of the job fairs is that students can submit their resumes before the event to be included in a resume guide that Owens gives to every employer.
“[Employers] do not get a recruiter’s guide at many places,” he said.
Senior finance major Kegan Hayes plans to graduate in May of 2018, and hopes that he will be called in for an interview with one of the companies he visited with at the fair.
“I’ve talked to a couple of people and put my resume out there,” he said. “I’m excited to hear back from them.”
Owens said that while employers such as IBM or one of the “Big 4” accounting firms aren’t represented a

Senior accounting major Perry Quashie-Idun speaks with a representative from Professional Datasolutions, Inc. Photo by Jasmin Ortiz/ The Bells

t the fair, students should attempt to practice their elevator speeches and find out about careers they may not have explored in the past.
UMHB alumni Dylan Teepole (’15) and Lamar Seals (’16) were at the job fair representing CGI, where they work as a business analysts.
“I remember coming to these things, and thinking that everybody is a big professional, but we’re all people here too,” Teepole said.
Seals said that communication skills are imperative for any college student.
“The way you present yourself is very important,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to talk to an employer because they’re a person like you’re a person.”
The job fairs for each sector (business, education and nursing) are held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
The teacher job fair will be in Lord Conference Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Owens said that 20 school districts have signed up for the fair. However, as many as 60 school districts have come to the spring fair in the past because more schools are hiring in the spring.
Another career services event coming up is the annual senior etiquette dinner held in the McLane Great Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.
“It’s one more fun thing to do your senior year,” Owens said. “The dress is business professional. Business manners are still very important. I don’t care what your field is, you will be in a professional social setting at some point.”
Owens said that BKD, an accounting firm in the area, likes to host a formal dinner the night before they interview potential employees. This allows them to see how the interviewees act in a social setting.
“The purpose is not about the food, but about building good first impressions and life-long relationships.”
The senior etiquette dinner is to help students build their personal brand before they get out in the real world.
“It’s about how to break the ice and how to network,” Owens said.
The senior etiquette dinner will be for December, May and summer graduates.

Author: Lauren Lum

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