The 2015 CAFNR Career Fair on Sept. 30 is expected to have a large turnout due to the new collaboration with Lincoln University and the Blue Tigers.
Stephanie Chipman,director of Career Services, and Whitney Kinne, assistant director, work together each year to organize the CAFNR Career Fair to benefit students by helping them find internships and jobs and building their networking skills.
“No matter how technological we become, we will always rely on people to hire people,” Chipman said. “It’s networking. It’s reaching out and making that face-to-face connection. And it’s valuable, not just from the perspective of being hired, but I think it’s valuable practice.”
This year, students can expect to see nearly 100 companies at the career fair seeking and recruiting students from CAFNR’s 15 majors. From those 15 majors, approximately 650 students will gather to attend the fair, which is being moved this year to the Mizzou Rec Historic Brewer Courts due to the expansion of the fair and the collaboration with Lincoln University.
“We have started collaborating with Lincoln University so we invited the Blue Tigers to come up with the Mizzou Tigers,” Chipman said. “We think of it as a win-win. It’s a win for the blue tigers to come over and be warmly received by our employers. It’s a win for us because every student hired through our career fair is credit for us.”
Monsanto, Osborn & Bar, FLM+, companies in the food and agriculture industries such as Cargill, grain merchandizers such as ADM, Sigma-Aldrich and even hotels and other businesses involved in hospitality management will be attending.
“Shake hands and look somebody in the eyes and make a good impression,” Chipman suggests when giving helpful tips to students attending the career fair.
Not only do you need to make a good first impression at the career fair, you also need to bring copies of your resume. Don’t forget to come dressed in your best business professional attire.
Students looking for advice can stop by the Career Services office and pick up a CAFNR Career Services booklet. The booklet has tips on how to connect with professionals, examples of business professional attire and many other helpful suggestions. The booklet prepares students for the CAFNR Career Fair, but for other career-related events, too.
“Career Fair 911 days” have been offered to prepare students who would like to get help on their resume or who have additional questions.
- Career Fair 911 Days: Sept. 28, 1 to 5 p.m.
- CAFNR Career Fair: Sept. 30, noon to 4 p.m., Mizzou Rec Center
- Interview Day: Oct. 1, all day, Reynolds Alumni Center and Eckles Café