On Friday, February 21st, fifty-nine companies set up booths in the Linde Activities Center for the Spring Career fair, hoping to recruit Mudders for future employment. The students attend the career fair for a variety of reasons: some are looking for full-time jobs, some seek summer internships, and others just go for a chance to check out what the job-seeking world is like while perhaps grabbing some swag in the form of flash drives, candy, and sunglasses.
In preparation for the fair, the Office of Career services holds a number of workshops to help students refine their resumes and navigate interactions with recruiters. Some even practice their interview skills through mock interviews with the Career Services staff. With thorough preparation, students are ready to approach employers confidently by the day of the fair.
During the fair, students were able to distribute their resumes electronically through recpass and make connections with potential employers. Mudders can chat with recruiters at companies that appeal to them to discuss the requirements and benefits of each job. Sometimes, recruiters ask technical questions to assess students’ knowledge. There are always a number of alumni among the recruiters who can offer insight regarding how their company’s careers relate to the Mudd experience. The face-to-face contact at the fair provides a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and make a positive impression.
Article by Tessa Adair ’14