Fisher “Networking” Fair

Written by Career Fair Pro, Benjamin Haller

Fisher Career Networking Fair

There’s a misconception about career fairs. Students attend career fairs with the intentions of finding an entry-level job or an internship, which makes sense, right? The issue with this mindset is that students think that because they are underclassmen and less qualified, there is no point in going because companies won’t hire them. While it’s true that many companies typically recruit upperclassmen for internships or entry-level positions, career fairs are just as valuable, if not more, for underclassmen.

As a senior who has been to each Fisher Career Fair since my first year at Ohio State, I can say that there is huge potential for underclassmen to set themselves up for the future, even with minimal qualifications. Think of it as the Fisher Networking Fair. Visit companies you are interested in your first year and stay persistent with those companies through the following academic years. Two years ago, I decided to visit the booth of one of my dream companies, General Motors. I was a sophomore and I had no logistics or supply chain experience, but I talked with Devan, a recruiter, about my career aspirations as well my interest in the automotive industry. From that point, I made Devan a part of my professional network and I became a part of his. The following year, I visited the General Motors booth once again and was lucky enough to score an interview. The following day, I went to the interview and Devan was one of the two representatives conduct the interview. Because we networked together the previous year, he remembered me, which gave me a huge advantage when it really mattered. I was confident in the interview because I was talking to someone I knew and I was able to get an internship offer, which has now turned into a full time job upon graduation in May.

A vast majority of companies bring the same recruiters to campus each year, so get to know them. You may not be qualified for a position at this time, but take the opportunity to advertise yourself and, once you do have desired qualifications, it will pay dividends. Employers are looking for standouts. Be a standout underclassman and take advantage of the Fisher Networking Fair this week.

Tip Tuesday: Job & Internship Search Strategy

Now that autumn semester is officially underway and recruiting season is upon us, you might be thinking, “what steps should I take to find an internship or full-time job next summer?”

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We have a few ideas for you:
  • Reflect on what you want –
    • What is your major?
    • Do you have any industry preferences?
    • Are there any companies that would be dream employers for you?
    • Do you have any geographic targets?
  • Make sure your job search documents are updated – visit our Peer Career Coaches during walk-in hours to review your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Attend the Fisher Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, September 6 from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Ohio Union!  This event kicks off the fall recruiting season.
  • Complete the QUIC program!  Passing the QUIC interview provides you access to on-campus interviewing opportunities.  Over 4000 interviews took place in the Office of Career Management last year for internships and full-time positions, so this is definitely an opportunity to participate in!
  • Apply to job postings on FisherConnect and Buckeye Careers Network for positions that look interesting to you.
  • Expand your network by leveraging the Buckeye Alumni Network!  Connect with alumni all over the world on LinkedIn and AlumniFire.
  • Check out our Job and Internship Search handout for additional tips and advice!

OCM Welcome Party

First and second year Fisher students:  want to treat yourself after successfully completing your first week of class and learn about some amazing resources available to you?  Stop by the Office of Career Management Welcome Party during the Fisher Frenzy tonight, August 29th from 4 – 6 pm in 150 Gerlach Hall!  We look forward to meeting you!

Fisher Fall Career Fair 2017

The Fisher Fall Career Fair is the largest recruiting event Fisher College of Business offers, and we’re excited to announce its return for the upcoming school year.

The Career Fair will be Wednesday, September 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union. Employers will be located in four rooms — the Great Hall Meeting Room and Performance Hall on the first floor, the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom on the second floor, and the Cartoon Room on the third floor.

The Fisher Fall Career Fair helps students find internships and full-time employment through networking with recruiters and company representatives. Prior to the Career Fair, each student is highly encouraged to research the 178 participating companies by searching for the ‘2017 Fisher Fall Career Fair’ event on FisherConnect. There, students can filter their search by position type, job category, major and degree.

The event is also published in the OSU Career Fair Plus mobile app. The app contains a list of companies, registration details, company booth numbers — which you can locate on the “Fair Map”— and a “Notes” section in which students can jot down information while at the fair.

Undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates are all invited to attend. Dress code is business professional attire, and bring your BuckID for entry.

This year we are also hosting the Fisher Graduate Student Career Fair, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 6th in the basement of the Ohio Union. This fair is exclusively for Fisher graduate students and will provide a smaller, more intimate setting for employers focused on recruiting graduate candidates.

For the latest updates on all things related to the Fisher Fall Career Fair and Fisher Graduate Student Career Fair, follow the Office of Career Management on Twitter and Instagram (@FisherCareerMgt) and like our page on Facebook. Don’t forget to use #FFCF17 in any social media posts.

For a list of Prepare for the Career Fair Workshops and Coffee Chats held in the Office of Career Management (150 Gerlach Hall), click here.

See you there!

Questions? Contact Alison Sabath at FCOB-fcobjobfair@osu.edu or Sarah Steenrod at Steenrod.5@osu.edu.

Buckeye Careers Campus Job Fair 2017

Interested in gaining work experience conveniently located on and around campus?  Check out the Buckeye Careers Campus Job Fair tomorrow, August 29th, 2017 from 1 – 5 pm in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union!  Check out the 2017 Buckeye Careers Campus Job Fair page to learn about employers attending the fair.