Fall ushers in cool weather, pumpkins and yellow leaves.
But it also brings the Fall Job Fair, hosted by the Career Services Center.
Between 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, students are invited to visit Thompson-Boling Arena to speak with hiring employers. In years past, approximately 1,800-2,000 students have participated in the fair and taken advantage of all that it offers.
Featuring employers from the Knoxville area and across the country, employment opportunities will include part-time positions, internships for a summer or semester and full-time jobs after graduation.
According Mary Mahoney, the assistant director of Career Services, the Career Fair is an opportunity for students to learn about internships and full-time positions after graduation.
"Hosting the Fall Job Fair enables students time to interact with close to 200 employers who are attending," Mahoney said. "Many of the employers will stay over the following day to conduct interviews with the students or return later in the semester to interview."
Leading up to the fair, Career Services has held several preliminary events – such as the Clothing Closet – which gifted professional attire for free.
Katie Gillman, an employee from Enterprise, presented a workshop on "Job Fair Success Strategies" advising students on how to research and communicate with potential employers.
In addition, Career Services hosted a drop-in resume critique on Friday afternoon for students planning to attend.
"We want students to be aware of the fact that they are making a first impression with the employer so professional attire or at a minimum business casual is encouraged," Mahoney said. "They should bring plenty of resumes and be ready to talk about him or herself, their major and their skills while showing knowledge and interest in the employers."
For Becky Victory, junior in economics with a collateral in business analytics, the Fall Job Fair offers more than ever before.
"In past years, I've gone to the job fair really just for practice but this year I'm going with the intent of looking for a summer internship, so I'm much more driven," Victory said. "I prepared for the job fair by checking my resume and making sure it's up to date, practicing my 30 second commercial or elevator speech of what you would say about yourself and your goals in 30 seconds, and practicing basic interview questions.
"There are so many different companies that come to the job fair with a large variety of opportunities. But, it can be very challenging to find an economics internship."
Mahoney said she hopes the job fair will not only spark temporary positions, but lasting professional relationships.
"We hope that students will learn it is important to get experience in their major, to understand the skills an employer is seeking, to become comfortable speaking with various employers," Mahoney said. "Throughout the year we offer workshops on a variety of things related to the job search.
"Students are always welcome to meet with a Career Services Consultant which is an individual who works closely with their particular major."