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Belles embark on job search at Fall Career Expo

By HANNAH RICHMOND | Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Eager Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students filled the Joyce Center Fieldhouse on Tuesday with hopes of getting a job through the Fall Career Expo. 

Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office at Saint Mary’s, said the Fair provides an opportunity to talk with many potential employers in one location. Saint Mary’s students took full advantage of the more than 100 companies that were in attendance by going from table to table looking for “the perfect job,” Jeffirs said.

Jeffirs said she advises students who attend for the Career Expo to “come up with your plan, follow up and follow through.” Before the Expo, students researched companies, modified their résumés, practiced what they wanted to say to employers and discussed appropriate attire. 

The Career Crossings Office organizes a Junior Jumpstart and a Senior Kick-Off to help students prepare for the Expo and to search for jobs. The events included a panel of alumnae, interns and employers who spoke about their experiences in the professional world and offered ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for getting a job. 

Junior accounting major Kelley Wright said the panel at Junior Jumpstart was very helpful.

“Everyone has their own tips and quirks that seem to work for them,” Wright said. 

Senior psychology major Allie Gerths said the Career Crossings Office reviewed her résumé and cover letter a week before the Expo. She said the Career Crossings Office gave her good tips on her résumé, what to wear and what to say while at the fair. 

Gerths said she was encouraged when she saw Jeffirs and Career Crossings Office associate Kim Patton signing in students at the Expo.

“I loved that Career Crossings Office was at the Career Fair,” Gerths said. “It helped ease my nerves.”