Career Expo: Job Seeker Information


Are you looking for an internship or job?
How about a career?

Join us at our Spring Career Expo 

Job Seeker Pre-registration is closed. Please register at the booth on the day of the event.

Are You Prepared? Attend a Workshop!

Purdue, North Central Campus
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Library Student Facility Building


Purdue, Calumet Campus
Friday, February 19, 2016
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Fitness and Recreation Center

Note: The event is open to the general public from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

This event is open to students and alumni of the Purdue system.
A Purdue Identification Card is required upon entry.

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Career Expo FAQ’s

Why should I register early?

Registering early will allow you ample time to prepare yourself for the event. The Career Center staff will have a nicely printed name tag for you, and your admission / entry time will be quicker. If you do not have a PUID, registering early will also allow for you to have time to get one. Note: If you are an alum please contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs to obtain your PUID for registration in TECH 101 or (219) 785-5697.

You are welcome to register at the door before the event, but please note that pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

How can I prepare myself for the Expo?

Expect the unexpected, but also be prepared. The Career Center has an Events Prep Book that you can view and download, as well as a few upcoming events such as Rapid Resume Review day (August 31st & September 28th), our resume review workshops, and our How to Impress Employers workshops (more information on these coming soon). Job seekers are also encouraged to look at the employers who are attending the event and use the CompanyResearch worksheet in the Events Prep Book to note any important information about the companies you want to speak to.

Our partner resource, WetFeet, has a lot of insider guides on job searching, networking, interviewing and other categories to help promote career development. Their Career Fair Arsenal article is resourceful for job seekers. Check it out.

Lastly, take advantage of the other resources The Career Center has to offer, such as Drop-In Career Advising for document reviews, and our Online Career Center for resume and cover letter development.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, there is a dress code. Job seekers are expected to dress business casual to business professional, but remember that employers are expecting the best of the best. It’s never a bad thing to overdress. In fact, dress for the part that you want!

Please be aware that if you come to register or check in for the Expo and you are not dressed appropriately that you will be asked to wait to enter the event until 1:00 when the general public admission begins.

How will I know what an employer is looking for?

We have a process called Spot Your Dot. When you get through registration or check-in you will see tables set up with colored dots on them. These dots represent the different colleges and majors associated with them. Employers, likewise, will have colored dots on their name tags for the colleges their company would like to speak with.

Additionally, tables with balloons indicate that those organizations are seeking to fill internships.

Do I have to stay the entire duration of the Expo?

The Expo is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that students and alumni can come at any point during this time frame. Oftentimes students come in between classes or after class on their way to work, or even after work. The time frame simply allows for you to attend at your convenience. You can come and go as you please. So the answer is no, you do not have to stay the whole 3 hours.

Is there anything else I should know?

Practice your elevator pitch. Don’t know what that is? The Events Prep Handbook has a section devoted to creating a stellar elevator pitch.

Also make sure that you collect business cards of the employers you speak with and send follow-up thank you’s to them. Personalized thank-you cards or e-mails are acceptable. This adds a personal touch and will help an employer remember you at future networking events.

For questions or for more information, please contact The Career Center at 219-785-5451.