CareerFIRE: Opportunities in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sheraton University Hotel
Check Handshake for a list of attending employers and positions closer to the event.
Join us on Thursday, September 5th for CareerFIRE, Penn’s career fair focused on opportunities in finance, insurance and real estate. Enhance your search for full-time postgraduate positions and/or summer internships by taking the opportunity to speak with and distribute resumes to a wide variety of employers. Many of the recruiters will return to campus later in the year to conduct individual interviews with students. Dress is business casual.
CareerFIRE is open to all on-campus students (and alumni) enrolled in degree programs in the following schools: Annenberg, Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Engineering, Education, Design, Nursing, Social Policy and Practice, and Wharton Undergraduates and PhDs. Penn post-docs are also welcome to attend. Please note the fair is not open to the general public or Wharton MBA or Penn Law students.
Questions? Please feel free to email David Ross
The app will be populated with attending employers in September 2019.
Tips for the Career Fair
1. Dress appropriately. This event is business casual.
2. Do your homework before you go. Research the companies attending by browsing through Handshake.
3. When you get to the Sheraton, decide which companies you will see first. Before you approach a table, think about the research you’ve done for a minute:
- What do you already know about the employer?
- Think of questions that you can ask to help you understand what the organization is seeking and to learn of their hiring timelines and processes.
- Be prepared to give a brief summary of the type of work you are seeking.
- Be prepared to say a little bit about yourself (interests, projects, research, goals, etc.)
4. Approach recruiters! Don’t be nervous, the recruiters are here to speak with you. Be sociable and professional.
5. Be prepared to initiate conversation, by asking questions or saying something that gives the person an invitation to talk. The idea is to converse with employers, not to just have a question & answer session. Your conversation should last for about a minute and a half.
6. Introduce yourself and thank the employer for attending. Shake hands and make eye contact.
7. Be aware of others waiting. If you determine that you are not particularly interested in working for this organization, thank the recruiter for his/her time and walk on. If you are very interested, say something like, “I’d like to speak with you further, but I see that you have others waiting. May I come back later to see if you have more time?”
8. Be discreet in talking about employers. Even if you know the recruiter keep in mind that they represent the employer now. All conversations should be on a professional level.
9. Provide the employer with your resume. Bring plenty of copies.
10. Some organizations will bring promotional gift items. Don’t take more than you can carry inconspicuously and don’t take take one if you haven’t spoken with the recruiter.
11. Take the recruiter’s business card for future reference.
12. If you want to pursue a job with a recruiter, make sure you know what to do next (ie. fill out an application form, send a letter of recommendation, etc.)
13. After the event, jot down some information about your conversation with each representative to whom you spoke. This will help you in in the future when contacting this person or others in the organization. Sending thank you notes (by email is fine) is recommended for those companies with opportunities you are especially interested in pursuing. Try to trigger the representative’s memory of you by stating something that you had discussed with him or her.