Career fair to host over 300 companies, provide networking opportunities

Michelle Allison, junior in human resources, talks to Jasmine Phillips, student manager from Southwestern Advantage, about internship oppurtunites at the business and hospitality career fair in the KSU ballroom on Feb. 27, 2013. (Archive photo by Hannah Hunsinger | Collegian Media Group)

The upcoming All-University Career Fair will host representatives from over 300 companies in Bramlage Coliseum for three days next week, providing Manhattan residents with an opportunity for networking and job hunting.

Sept. 19 will host companies related to agriculture, arts and sciences, business and human ecology. Sept. 20 is catered to all majors, with businesses looking for multitalented students in a variety of majors to meet specific qualifications. Sept. 21 will conclude the fair with companies recruiting engineering and technology majors.

The fair will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each date.

Following the fair, employers will hold next-day interviews for qualifying students. These interviews will take place Sept. 20 — 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tyler Benson, senior in marketing and finance, said getting exposure to interviewing tips and being able to make connections with professionals is a great experience offered by the fair.

“I think that the career fair gives you the opportunity to talk with companies that you may not have known even existed, and that alone will broaden your horizons to so many more options post-graduation,” Benson said.

According to a Sept. 13 K-State Today article, Cerner, Koch Industries, Textron, LiveWatch, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland and Netsmart will be among the companies present at the fair.

A full list of participating employers can be found on the K-State mobile app or students’ Handshake accounts.

During the fair, a shuttle will run from the Student Union to Bramlage Coliseum in 20-minute increments from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students can receive a free name tag and bypass non-registered students by pre-registering in person for the fair at the Career Center in the Berney Family Welcome Center until Sept. 18.

The K-State Career Center will offer multiple events leading up to the fair to help students prepare. “Daytime Drop-ins” for quick resume critiques will be available from noon to 4 p.m. every Monday through Thursday, except for the week of Sept. 18 – 22, where drop-ins are only available on Monday.

Later on Monday night, there will be a “Late Night Resume Madness” event from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Berney Family Welcome Center for students needing a last-minute review the night before the fair begins.

Students, alumni and Manhattan community members attending the fair should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resume, according to tips listed on the Career Center website. Students should also bring their student ID.

The Career Closet, located in the Berney Family Welcome Center, is available to all students in need of professional business attire. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clothing is donated by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Depending on inventory, those in need are typically allowed to take up to three items.

“The All-University Career Fair is such a great opportunity, not only for those looking for a career, but internships as well,” Kelli Holder, junior in philosophy, said. “The ability to network with companies from all over the country who are in search of students like us is an experience like no other.”