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Spring Career Fair Boasts New Recruiters

SOCORRO, N.M. January 27, 2014 – The Spring 2014 Career Fair is shaping up to be another excellent opportunity for Tech students to explore jobs, graduate schools and internship options.

Nicole Gayer, Career Service Coordinator, anticipates 30 companies, universities and agencies will be attending the event this spring. The semi-annual event will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Macey Center.  Companies still have time to register for this event until January 31, 2014 at www.nmt.edu/career-fair. Tech is excited to host new companies in attendance including Arizona Public Service, Automation Consulting Engineering Services, and the Bradbury Stamm while welcoming back familiar faces from Leprino Foods, Intel Corporation, and Packers Plus.

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Hundreds of students attended the Fall Career Fair at Macey Center, with recruiters on the stage and in the lobby.

 

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Cody Winclechter (right), a Tech graduate, returned to Socorro to recruit for Peabody Coal at the fall 2013 Career Fair.

 

 

 
 

“Our presenters this spring have jobs and internships available for students in every academic department on campus,” Gayer said. “We have a great mix of companies and agencies that are looking to hire Techies.”

Students can prepare themselves for the Career Fair in several ways. First, students should research the companies in attendance and what their specialties are.

“Be prepared to talk about yourself and show some knowledge of the organization,” Gayer said.

Lillian Armijo, Director of Student Affairs, encourages students to bring résumés and dress professionally to the fair.

“The Career Closet, located in our offices, is available for students who need professional clothing for the fair,” Armijo said. “We have men and women’s professional suites, ties and even shoes. Check out is free but come early for best selection.”

The Student Affairs Office is also hosting four workshops to help students prepare for the fair.

“We are encouraging all students, undergraduates as well as graduate students, to come to our workshops,” Armijo said. “Placement surveys we received this past December noted that 90 percent of those who had attended the workshops had been placed in jobs in their field. That’s huge! The workshops work.”

A résumé and cover letter writing workshop is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Career Services office (Fidel Center 262).

“Preparing for the Career Fair” workshop will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, in Fidel 262. This workshop is especially important for first-timers. Topics include proper dress, introductions, what to expect and free personal business cards for those who attend.

An interviewing skills workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in Fidel 262. Theresa Hollis, a former Amazon employee shares her tips and experience while interviewing for Amazon. She will discuss the latest STAR behavioral interviews and how to adequately prepare by practicing these techniques. This workshop is important for anyone who is seriously considering an internship or employment.

Flash résumé review sessions are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, in the Fidel Center atrium. Students are encouraged to stop by for an impromptu look at their resumes. 

“This is very helpful to students who are very busy and don’t have much time to sit and chat about their resumes,” Armijo said. “We give it a look over and the students can make the necessary changes without much fuss.”

There will be free pizza at the workshops, but students should RSVP to careerservices@admin.nmt.edu so that sufficient pizza can be ordered.

“We are here to help students make the transition from student to a career,” Armijo said. “These workshops and the career fairs are important events to help students. I encourage Techies to take advantage of the services we offer because they do work.”

– NMT –