Most HBCU college students, just like all other college students, miss opportunities to meet employers in their college career centers during the fall on-campus recruiting season.
Many college students are just not aware that the fall semester is probably the busiest time in a college career center with employers interviewing students for college internship programs and entry level careers after graduation.
Too many college students only make the mistake of attending employer events only when they actually want to be hired. That may be too late if the competition has already met hiring managers at previous career center campus events.
Here is how and why you want to meet employers in your college career center this fall:
College students can attend employer events between classes. Taking a quick walk across campus to spend 15 minutes with a hiring manager in the college career center is a good way to meet potential employers.
2.Stress free meeting.
Meet with recruiters, employers or hiring managers at information tables or during a classroom visits before you have to meet them at the on-campus job interview.
3. Demonstrate your positive “go-getter” attitude.
Employers are impressed by students who know about their campus visits and show up if even for a few minutes between classes to make a networking connection. Don’t be shy. Employers come to college campuses to meet students —not necessarily to hang out with career center staff. Believe me, many students will know of the employers’ visit, but not think it important enough to be there. You can stand out from the crowd, especially in a tough job market.
4.Branding your campus.
To keep your preferred employers coming back to your college campus, students must show up to employer events. If employers experience low attendance of college students for events, they may drop your school or academic major from their recruiting schedule completely. Attend career center events to keep employers interested in your campus so that when you are ready to graduate—they will still be there.
5. Get feedback on job search strategy.
If you will be looking for career employment or summer internships next year, and want some free career advice on to improve job search strategy, stop by and meet recruiters who can help with college resumes and job interview preparation. You can learn a lot about what employers want when they visit your college campus.
Whether you are a college freshman, sophomore, junior or senior the HBCU career center is counting on your response to employer visits. Always remember to thank employers for coming to your campus, invite them back and ask about how you can keep in touch with them.