HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 16, 2016 – High Point University students used their networking skills today to build connections, find career starts and land internships at the Career and Internship Expo hosted by the Office of Career and Professional Development. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, honed their interview skills while making their way through the Slane Student Center, where nearly 60 employers were ready to recruit HPU’s talented study body.
With a polished resume, HPU senior Lisa Carlson came prepared for the expo hoping to find the company that was the right match for her. She’s worked closely with the Career and Professional Development team, which received a new space this year in the recently opened Cottrell Hall.
“I have practiced interviewing a lot and got my resume ready for today with the help of the Office of Career and Professional Development,” said Carlson. “It is good to feel confident when I hand out my resume knowing that it is well put together. I love that I am able to come over here to the Slane Student Center on campus and have so many opportunities and doors open to me. It is so beneficial to have that face to face interaction with a lot of different companies.”
Doug Hall, HPU career advisor, prepares students just like Carlson, inside HPU’s Cottrell Hall, find jobs and internships. Hall says that in order for these students to truly be prepared to speak with representatives from a company, they must know about the company itself and do their research.
“It is critical that the students know about the company that they are going to be speaking with, whether that be here at the expo, or for a sit down interview,” said Hall. “The company wants to know that the student is taking the initiative to get to know them, if they potentially want to work for them. They are going to get an idea of how they are as a student and as a person, and they need to make sure they highlight themselves in the best way.”
“Another thing that is great about the Career and Internship Expo is that no matter if the student is a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, they need to see what life after college is like by talking with employers and getting comfortable interviewing.”
Insight Global, BB&T, Northwestern Mutual, Lenovo, Bassett Furniture, Edward Jones Investments, Volvo Group and Guilford County Schools were only a few of the companies that were looking to hire HPU students. Recruiters at the event also shared tips for anyone looking to expand their career opportunities in today’s competitive market.
“Always be networking,” said Nick O’Brien, HPU alumnus and account executive at Gartner Consulting. “For me, I was able to network here at HPU and throughout the city of High Point with the help of my professors and the Office of Career and Professional Development. Get yourself out there, make yourself known. If you are constantly networking, you will find the perfect job for you.”
“Make sure to keep your resume polished and up to date,” said Garland Talbot, HPU alumna and sales agent at Red Ventures. “The way that you are going to get to an interview is by having a good resume that shows off your skills and experience. Make sure that it is well put together.”
“You should interview with a bunch of places because experience with interviewing will go a long way,” said Brett Alter, corporate recruiter for Insight Global. “Interview, interview, interview, even if you are only somewhat interested in a job, get the practice.”