Resumes in hand, dress shoes on their feet and money on their minds, a total of 640 Baruch College students embarked on a networking extravaganza on Friday, Sept. 21.
Students gathered in Baruch’s Auxiliary Gym for the annual career fair in hopes of landing jobs, internships or fellowships.
Talented and motivated students used this opportunity to meet and network with 88 prestigious companies and organizations, including Bank of America, Yelp and Target. A chance to work for any of the companies or organizations there is a major opportunity for any student.
In 30-second “elevator pitches,” students were presented with the daunting task of having to convince the recruiters that they should be hired. Firmly shaking recruiters’ hands, maintaining eye contact and projecting one’s voice were make-or-break moves at this event. The high-stakes Baruch career fair was the world of business in microcosm.
Thanks to numerous pre-professional resources on campus, Baruch students came prepared to “sell” themselves to Fortune 500 companies.
The Starr Career Development Center held a resume and cover letter building workshops to help students improve and create off of what they have. Marion Viray, the presenter at the resume building workshop, stressed the importance of perfecting this document by stating that “your resume is the PDF version of you!”
Students who sought to make their resumes “career fair quality” took advantage of walk-in hours at the SCDC during which they worked one-on-one with advisors. Finally, a career prep workshop, featuring a guest speaker from Bank of America, was held prior to the fair. This workshop gave students an inside scoop into employee responsibilities. All of these actions were taken to improve their chances of getting the job.
While the SCDC went into high gear to prepare students for the event, students were ultimately left to their own devices when seeking out recruiters.
The students of Baruch certainly rose to the occasion, approaching the recruitment process in many different ways. Some students got to Baruch an hour before the event’s start time to be first in line to enter the fair. Other students made cue cards with their pitches written on them to help them memorize what they were going to say.
“Given that I am a freshman, I know it will be hard to stand out and make a stronger impression than my upperclassman,” Michele Caffaso, a first-year student at Baruch, explained of his method. “Therefore, I took it upon myself to research the companies I was interested in and show them that I came prepared!”
At the career fair, just as in the business world, only the strongest prevailed. Armed with the tools for survival, Baruch students’ ability to effectively use those tools was put to the test. In a case of true “survival of the fittest,” the students who sold themselves best could potentially be proud of getting flashy, new job offer coming their way sometime soon.
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