Career Event Information

STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS |
NSU CAREER SERVICES

Fall 2021 Accounting Careers Night

Monday, September 20
7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Broken Arrow Campus, Administrative Services Building

Employer Registration

Student Registration

Fall 2021 Career, Internship, & Major Exploration Fair 

DAY 1 -VIRTUAL

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Handshake Platform

Employer Registration

Student Registration

DAY 2 IN PERSON

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tahlequah Campus, University Center
Herb Rozell Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Employer Registration

Student Registration

Register for the Fair through Handshake!

  • Student Registration Begins Midnight, Thursday, September 24
  • Employer Registration Begins July 1, 2021

Northeastern State University Career Services will host the Fall 2021 Career, Internship, & Major Exploration Fair in a two-day format this semester to allow students and alumni the opportunity to connect with employers, organizations and graduate or professional schools to actively pursue or discover a wide range of career paths, employment opportunities, including internships, and full-time employment; explore majors and program requirements that match up to career opportunities or lead to obtaining an advanced degree following graduation. This two-day event gives you the option to meet virtually, in-person or take advantage of both.  If you are an NSU student or alumni and already secured employment, but are in a time of career transition, this event will help you to expand your professional network or find opportunities to advance your career through furthering your education. 

This fair is open to all majors.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students from the College of Business & Technology, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science & Health Professions and NSU Graduate College don’t want to miss an opportunity to connect at this two-day fair. Employers will provide information on current or future careers and majors that match to their organization. Graduate and professional schools will provide information on admissions processes for numerous degree programs.

Career Fair Prep: What you need to Know about Internships

September 2 | Noon

What you need to know about internships! The 1st of a 5 part Career Fair Prep Series hosted by NSU Career Services. In this webinar you will recognize the importance of internships; Identify employer deadlines for internships and the reason it is best to start applying early; Identify resources to help find an internship; Learn where the academic requirements for a particular major are listed on the NSU website and how to enroll in an internship; Become aware of strategies to secure an internship. Make a plan of action to enroll in a for-credit internship if applicable to the academic program; or identify the need to schedule information interviews, job shadowing, or participate in a non-credit internship.

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Career Fair Prep: How to Dress for an Interview or Career Fair

September 9 | Noon

How to Dress for an interview or career fair is the 2nd of a 5 part Career Fair Prep Series hosted by NSU Career Services. During this webinar, attendees will understand why it is important to dress professionally for an interview; the difference between casual, business casual, and business professional attire; list 3 additional factors to consider when dressing for the interview, identify what to add to their wardrobe to be prepared for one or multiple interviews or presentations; and identify steps to obtain budget-friendly professional clothing.

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Career Fair Prep: What Questions Should I Ask at the Career Fair? 

September 16 | Noon

What Questions Should I Ask is the 3rd of a 5 part Career Fair Prep Series hosted by NSU Career Services. During this webinar, attendees will gain a basic understanding of what typical questions are asked of recruiters when attending a career fair, interview, employer meet-ups, or undergraduate or graduate major exploration events; understand what are appropriate questions to ask when seeking information from diverse and inclusive employers. Attendees will begin compiling a list of questions they feel would be beneficial to ask.

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JCPenney Suit Up

September 19 | 6p.m.

Register to attend the Fall 2021 JCPenney Suit-Up Event, scheduled for Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in person at JCPenney Woodland Hills Mall and an online option. NSU students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Check-in will be located in front of the mattress department on the lower level of the store. You must present your NSU ID to obtain the extra 30% Suit Up coupon. Coupon codes are unique to NSU and available one per NSU student, alumni, faculty, or staff participant to be used either in-person or online. For participants who wish to shop online, they should check out the Suit-Up Event website found at https://www.jcpenney.com/m/suit-up-view-all or text GO2NSU to 67292 to get your coupon.

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Career Fair Prep: What is Your Elevator Pitch?

September 23 | Noon

"What is Your Elevator Pitch?" is the 4th of a 5 part Career Fair Prep Series hosted by NSU Career Services. During this webinar, attendees will gain basic knowledge of the Elevator Pitch; understand the key elements of a 30-second elevator pitch; Identify what is an elevator pitch and be able to list two different occasions to use an elevator pitch; obtain a sample elevator pitch to assist in creating an elevator pitch or to refine a current one, and be presented the opportunity to practice their elevator pitch.

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Career Fair Prep: How to Navigate a Fair

September 30 | Noon

"How to Navigate a Fair" is the 5th and final part of the Career Fair Prep Series hosted by NSU Career Services. During this webinar, attendees will gain basic knowledge of how to navigate a Career Fair.

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Fall 2021 Etiquette Dinner

October 12 | 5:30p.m.

Does the process of fine dining cause you discomfort? Uncertainty around which fork is used for what, which glass is actually yours is not uncommon. Interviews over a meal are becoming increasingly common and if you’re nervous about proper dining etiquette when at an important lunch meeting or interview, Career Services can help. Come learn about proper dining etiquette at our Tahlequah Etiquette Dinner! The etiquette dinner will provide you skills to learn how to successfully navigate a cocktail hour and multi-course meal when interacting with individuals you want to impress.

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Career Workshop: Networking Doesn't Have to be a Nightmare

October 26 | Noon

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Career Workshop: Job Shadowing

November 2 | Noon

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Find a Job on Handshake

November 11| Noon

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NSU Career Services is commonly asked what to expect at our events. See below for an outline of what each event looks like and some tips on how to navigate them successfully!

  • Career Fairs
    • Think of Career Fairs as speed dating for employers and job seekers. At these events, companies and graduate schools provide information while applicants offer cover letters and resumes. NSU Career Fairs are completely free to students and alumni. Proper attire for these events are business casual, and do not forget your resumes! Learn more about the job fair, how to prepare and what to expect.
  • Virtual Career Fairs
    • A virtual career fair is an online event in which employers and job seekers each meet in a virtual environment, using video and chat features on Handshake to network and exchange information about career exploration, job or internship opportunities, graduate school programs and application processes.  Pre-registration is required and only currently enrolled NSU students and NSU Alumni are able to participate.
  • Etiquette Dinners
    • NSU Career Services presents Etiquette Dinners per semester, one on the Tahlequah campus and one on the Broken Arrow campus. The cost for students is $7, which purchases an entire meal. At this sit-down event, students view a presentation covering proper etiquette. Appropriate attire for these events are business casual. Participants will hear and practice how to properly dine and network in a professional setting. Increase your chances of getting a job through the hands-on, professional skills gained at this event.
  • Workshops
    • Workshops are interactive events with discussion over a particular topic. NSU Career Services regularly has free workshops on topics such as resume writing, transferable skills, being career fair ready, LinkedIn, etc. Bring with you a willingness to learn, a pen or pencil, and some paper for note taking. Casual clothing is suitable for these events. Check out Career Service's Facebook Live events or view a recording of previous workshops. Wanting to learn more about a specific topic? Share your suggestions here.

TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR A CAREER FAIR

Virtual Career Fairs

  • Update your resume and upload to Handshake. Be sure to make it public so potential employers are able to view it. 
  • Complete your Handshake profile. Ensure your GPA is visible (uncheck “hide from employers”) and your work authorization status is updated. (settings > privacy).
  • Set your profile visibility to Community or Employer. This allows you to schedule 1:1 sessions and group sessions.
  • Sign up for sessions. Participating in a virtual career fair has two steps. After registering, do not forget to sign up for sessions with employers you are interested in. 
  • Research employers who are attending the fair. Researching the employers prior to the Career Fair will give you the chance to learn more about the opportunities the company has to offer. 
  • Create questions specific to the companies and positions of interest. This step not only helps you get the most out of your Career Fair experience, but also shows your true interest to the employers.
  • Check back for available sessions frequently. Employers may update their sessions and schedules throughout the time prior to the Career Fair. Be sure to stay up to date and not miss out on any opportunities.
  • Prioritize employers you are most interested in. "Follow" employers you’re interested in within the fair to be notified when additional sessions are available.
  • Practice your Elevator Pitch. An elevator pitch is a quick speech about yourself and what you bring to the table. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so practice your pitch until it comes naturally. 
  • Meet with a Career Counselor. It is very important to meet with a career counselor to practice your elevator pitch, review your resume, and get any last minute advice you may need.
  • Test your technology. Technology can be complicated sometimes. Be sure to be familiar with the technology you are using, It is recommended that you use Google Chrome if possible. Utilize Handshake’s Video Requirements & Troubleshooting for Students if needed.

In Person Career Fairs

  • Remember why you are there! Career Fairs are exciting for many reasons. Remember that you are not there for the free swag only. You are also there to meet with potential employers and invest in your career. The Career Fair gives you an opportunity to explore different career options and majors that align with careers. You will begin networking when meeting representatives, which is important in helping you to reach your career pals, so ask lots of questions to find out about majors that are being recruited for particular careers, job shadowing or internship opportunities.
  • Research companies and positions in advance. It is always impressive when you know about the company you are speaking to. It shows your interest and that you take initiative. Review the Directory for companies and organizations attending.
  • Prepare your resume. Have your resume tailored to perfection when you meet with potential employers. It is highly recommended to have a resume review appointment with a career counselor beforehand. 
  • Meet with a career counselor. The Career Counselors at NSU are equipped to help you with all your professional needs. Meeting with one is highly recommended prior to the fair. You can utilize Career Services through mock interviews, a headshot photo, business cards, resume review, career path questions, and more!
  • Practice your Elevator Pitch. An elevator pitch is a quick speech about yourself and what you bring to the table. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so practice your pitch until it comes naturally. 
  • Create questions specific to the companies and positions of interest. This step not only helps you get the most out of your Career Fair experience, but also shows your true interest to the employers.
  • Collect business cards and contact information. Be sure to collect contact information from employers that interest you so you are able to follow up with them and contact them for more information.
  • Follow up with employers you met. Touching base with potential employers after the Career Fair is always a great idea. A follow up email thanking them for their time shows your interest and keeps you at the forefront of their mind. 
  • Dress to impress. You only get to make one first impression, so it is important to make a good one. Check out Career Services’ Pinterest page for outfit inspiration.
  • Attend a Career Fair Prep Series or watch the recordings. Hop on our 30-minute Zoom Session as our NSU Career Counselors tell you all you need to know about preparing for the Career Fair.

Needing suggestions on what to bring with you to the Career, Internship, & Major Fair? We've got you covered! 

Unsure of what to ask employers in attendance at fairs? Here's a list of good conversation starting questions. 

  • What does the person who fills this role do in a day?
  • What does the hiring process look like for this position?
  • What do you like about the company you work for?
  • What challenges have you experienced in your position? 
  • What kind of individual succeeds the most in this position?
  • Do individuals at your company associate outside of work? 
  • How can I stay in touch with you?
  • How would you prefer me to follow-up with you?
  • Who would I be able to contact for more information on an open position? 
  • What courses should I take to get ready for your entry-level jobs?
  • Do you have any internship or trainee opportunities available at your company?