My quick overview of the Fisher Career Fair!

Fisher Fall Career Fair 2011
Fisher Fall Career Fair 2011

You know Fisher is a great school.  You know its programs (both undergraduate and graduate) rank among the very best in the world.  You know the faculty, staff, and other students you’ll interact with are incredible.  But do you know about the Fisher Fall Career Fair?

The Career Fair is one of Fisher’s greatest assets.  Over 130 employers fill the Ohio Union, seeking Fisher’s best and brightest students for internships and full-time careers.  And with the quality of Fisher students, they’ve got a tough time ahead sorting through all of those qualified students’ resumes.

Things kick off at 10.30 and go until 4.30.  Not only do you get the chance to talk to recruiters on the day of the Career Fair, but most of the employers will set up interviews on the spot as early as the next day.  Talking to recruiters at the Fair is also a great way to gauge how much you like the company’s vibes without actually having to interview.  It’s basically a free mini-interview!

Fisher also provides special transportation for us students, seeing as how the Union isn’t the closest building to Gerlach (or Schoenbaum, for undergraduates).  There is a dedicated CABS (Campus Area Bus Service) line that runs from Fisher to the Union every 15 minutes.  This is great, since you don’t have to worry about getting sweaty rushing to the Union and then shaking the recruiter from your dream company’s hand!!  A coat check is also provided, as it does get warm inside.

Finally, there are numerous ways Fisher helps us prepare to be at our best for the Career Fair.  There is a student guidebook, a slideshow presentation on how to prepare, and an excellent Career Management team that you can schedule appointments with.  The Career Management team is a wonderful resource to use, especially if you want an extra set of eyes on your resume or would like to practice with some mock interviews.  You can check out the student guidebook and a little more information on this year’s fair here.


Fisher Fall Career Fair 2011
PWC recruiters speaking with students

I spoke with a student that attended the Career Fair to get their perspective as well!

As always, I was very impressed with the Fisher College of Business’ ability to collect so many different companies (over 135), all interested in hiring students just like me. More so than the fair itself, I was impressed with the preparation that’s put into this event. I really value the ability to print off (or keep digital, as many students did this fall) a list of companies, including a cross reference of the positions they have available. This allows my time at the actual event to be used more efficiently, as I only speak to firms hiring my specific major. -Kendall Mahon

In summary, the Career Fair is one of the greatest services Fisher provides.  It is an incredible opportunity given to us as students to develop both personally and professionally.  The slew of resources available to help us prepare for the Career Fair is even more impressive, and we are very lucky to have them at our disposal.

The Career Fair Cattle Call

I’m not sure what most people think of when they think of career fairs. Crowds? Desperation? Opportunity? For me, it was all of those things rolled into one, but I decided to give the Fisher Invitational Career Fair a chance this week. Although I was unable to make it to any of the pre-event preparation workshops, I thought it was a nice touch to help students navigate their way through.

So, resumes in hand and smart business attire ready, I headed for the Blackwell. I went early thinking maybe other students would still be in class. Wrong! The ballroom, lobbies and hallways were a sea of suited up students nervously scanning job fair maps. I had done my homework before the show, so I already knew which companies were looking for HR interns. Unfortunately for me and my classmates, few were there for HR graduate students, and even fewer (about two) were local companies in need of our skills.

Undeterred, I sought these few companies out of the crowd. At one booth the recruiter lined us up two or three at a time, told us exactly what he was looking for, and then scooted along to the next anxiously awaiting set. Some limply dropped a resume onto the stack, others just gave their polite thanks and wandered off to the next booth. Where was the face time? Where was his sense of interest in any of us, really? On I went, though, to one of the local companies listed in the brochure under MLHR. Here they did take the time to talk to students one on one. Things were looking better! It was nearly my turn! Finally, I approached, made my introductions and asked about their MLHR opportunities. “Mmm, yeah, I can give you a brochure about our MBA program.” OK, I said, but I’m interested in HR. “We might have filled those already; you can check the website.”

After a few more stops, a migraine was stirring in my frontal lobe. The crowd, shoved together like cattle in an auction ring, the seemingly disinterested recruiters (at least for MLHR), and the stress of it all were starting to take their toll. I checked another local company–nothing for graduate HR–and then another one specifically listed on our sheets with MLHR checked. Surely this one could offer something positive, right! So, I waited in line, approached the recruiter, gave my introductory short speech, and….”Yeah, you’re like the third person who has asked about HR. We are only looking at sales. We haven’t recruited for HR in three years. I don’t know why it says that.”

The recruiter apologized. Clearly it was just a mix-up with the brochure. I thanked her politely, wished her luck in the search, and decided to call it a day at the career fair. I’m sure some students walked away with hopes of interviews and offers. There certainly seemed to be no lack of talented students eager to express their employment qualifications. Likewise, the volume of recruiters shows that Fisher can draw in some of the leading companies locally and nationwide. I guess it just wasn’t my day. Maybe next year …