By Katelyn Chostner
There are so many career fairs that it’s hard for one to stand out, but MDMC’s Marketing Student Intern & Career Fair rose to the challenge.
With over 15 St. Louis based companies at the St. Louis Union Station, the fair was THE place to be for job seekers. It was hosted by MDMC partners, such as UMSL Business, Washington University, and Webster University to bring businesses to students and people seeking careers in marketing.
Students who are taking all sorts of different majors were able to speak one-on-one with representatives who were there specifically for them. Job seekers got to ask questions and give their elevator pitches to companies like Weber Shandwick, Moosylvania, Anvil, and Coegi.
Being able to speak with some of the top companies in St. Louis was just one of the perks that the career fair offered people in attendance. Students also had the opportunity to have their resume reviewed by members from Kforce.
“Kforce is an award-winning professional staffing and solutions firm,” according to their website. They sat at the entrance of the fair and gave students tips and tricks to create the best resumes to showcase their skills.
“Just the fact that you’re there. Striking conversation with people and making those connections is, I think, the most important thing. You never know who you’re going to run across in a year, in ten years or five years”
While building your resume is one of the top priorities when applying for jobs, another goal to keep in mind is to have a professional photo. Frequently, employers will skip over your LinkedIn profile if you don’t have a professional photo to embody your business look. The career fair offered a professional headshot booth to those who attended. This way, future employers would be able to see the professionality in your photo that’s reflected from your resume.
Chris Miller, a student at the University of Dayton, attended the career fair. He joked that people had been telling him to get a job for the past 20 years, so that’s why he came. But in all realness, Miller came to the career fair to learn about the paths he can take with his major and specialty.
“I’m a communication major with a journalism concentration and a marketing conference is perfect for that… I’m not a marketing major, but that’s not to say my journalism and communication skills can’t benefit marketing agencies,” said Miller.
This is exactly what I mean when I say that anyone can benefit from these types of career fairs. You don’t have to specifically be a marketing major to help marketing companies. As long as you are showing the initiative and confidence in the skills you have, any company is willing to work with you.
“Just the fact that you’re there. Striking conversation with people and making those connections is, I think, the most important thing. You never know who you’re going to run across in a year, in ten years or five years,” said Miller.
Getting out there, making connections and showing your skillset with confidence is going to be what gets you noticed. So, if you missed this year’s career fair at MDMC, make sure to check out the companies’ websites to see what they have to offer. Check out this link for a full list of companies that made it out on April 18 to Union Station.