by Alexus Moreno
This week I took it upon myself to not be lazy and attend the Mass Communication job fair, and let me tell you … it was such a great experience. I applaud Texas State greatly for putting together these job fairs (that seem to happen a few times every month); they are so beneficial. Even if you aren’t looking for a job yet, I still highly suggest attending at least one job fair.
Texas State and everyone who is a part of this university gives the students here so many opportunities to shine. Everywhere you turn, there is guaranteed to be an opportunity waiting for you just around the corner. It’s just up to you to look for it and be up for the challenge. When I attended this job fair, I was a bit nervous. I was 100% positive all my people skills were going to vanish and I would give them a high five rather than a handshake (I’m extremely awkward like that) and that I would suddenly forget my name … thankfully I was 100% wrong and everything went smoothly. There were soooooo many companies at this job fair looking for bright new faces to join their company and everyone I talked to seemed genuinely interested in what I myself was interested in and all the questions I had. Although I was not looking for a job (most of these companies were big time), I still went and talked to some professionals in the mass communications career field just to see what advice they had to give me, and see what it is like working in this field. Being a mass comm major I listened very carefully to what they had to say and I got loads and loads of information about internships, volunteer opportunities and jobs that I could potentially get in the future. Once I left, I had so many thoughts running through my head. I was scared, excited, overwhelmed … all in good ways. I really can’t wait to see what mass communications has to offer me.
Like I said … even if you aren’t looking for a job and you see ANYTHING about a job fair (whether it’s for your major or not) go, go, go, go, go! They help you so much in deciding if what you want to do is really what you want to do. The companies that attend these fairs actually want you to know about their company and everything they have to offer you. They really are there to help you. A few things to keep in mind when you do attend a job fair or any professional situation:
- dress nicely
- always shake hands with the people you meet
- make eye contact
- give them your name
- have questions in mind beforehand
- listen to what they have to say
- make sure you walk away with information that is beneficial for you
- always always tell them thank you.
Job fairs are literally the coolest … I got three gift cards to Chipotle from one company, so not only do they give you information but there are SO MANY freebies too! That alone is worth it.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful October!