The University of Manitoba’s annual career fair is a convenient method for students to connect with prospective employers, practice interview techniques, and learn about the diversity of organizations recruiting in Manitoba.
On Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. students can wander through the booths on the second floor of University Centre and meet with 94 employers, like GoodLife Fitness, Kumon Canada, and NYGÃRD International.
Registration is required and attendance is free. Students will be provided maps of the booths so they can organize their route accordingly.
“It’s important that [students] get a sense of the employers in Winnipeg that are hiring,” said Sonya Penner, event coordinator. “It’s a wide variety of companies from different industries; we have social sciences right to engineering.”
According to Penner, the conversations between students and employers at the fair are like “mini interviews,” since many of the people working at the booths work in human resources. Students should dress well and make eye contact, as well as be prepared with multiple resume copies.
Career fair prep
Penner said that the career fair is an “active” fair, and according to feedback from previous years, employers want to see resumes and want students to be able to have a conversation about prospective job opportunities.
For further preparation, the U of M’s Career Services is holding a number of workshops throughout January. Pre-registration for career month events begins on Jan. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in University Centre, and refreshments are included.
First-time career fair attendees would benefit from the Career Prep workshop on Jan. 14, 15, and 16. This workshop will offer advice on personal presentation to employers while highlighting strengths.
Penner says it’s important for students to do background research and think about why students want to work for specific companies before speaking with them.
On Jan. 15, the workshop titled “Know Yourself, Know Your Career” will help students organize their thoughts about potential career opportunities that would match best with their personalities and strengths.
As many careers require strong writing skills, the “Get an Edge” workshop on Jan. 15 will help students do just that. This workshop has an academic focus, with advice on developing a thesis and conducting research.
For last-minute prep right before the event, the “Resume Blitz” workshop on Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will assist students with sharpening their resumes. Career consultants will help students tailor their resumes to best match prospective employers.
Workshops catered towards international students will help to ease the transition to a foreign workforce. Service Canada is on-site on Jan. 8 to issue social insurance numbers for international students with the correct documentation.
International students can learn about working in Canada at the “Canadian Workplace Culture” workshop on Jan. 20. This workshop helps to assess cultural differences in the workplace, and talks about how to experience success with diversity.
“I think a person at university is going to get a great education, a great degree,” said Penner. “[Companies] would be lucky to have a graduate.”
Workshop times and locations can be found at: www.umanitoba.ca/student/careerservices/lte/index.html