Career Expo postponed until Thursday

The Career Center‘s biannual Career Expo has been postponed until Thursday due to inclement weather.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Al Lawson Center.

Students of all majors and classifications are encouraged to attend the Career Expo. Raymond Pandley, assistant director of the Career Center and university advancement, expects more than 1,000 students to flood the gym, eager to find job opportunities.

“There is someone for everyone,” Pandley said. “Students should visit the Career Center’s website to research exactly what companies from their major are coming.”

Alex Hall, a senior health care management student from Fort Lauderdale is eager to speak to heath care companies.

“There’s only three health care companies coming, and they want graduate students,” Hall said.

However, he thinks that expo attendees should visit all companies.

“I think it’s a good idea for students to venture out to opportunities outside of their major,” Hall said. “You may be able to find a passion for a profession you never thought of before.”

More than 60 companies will be in attendance, including PepsiCo, the Media Sales Institute, Walgreens, Macy’s and Walt Disney Company. Many Fortune 500 companies will be in attendance as well, including JP Morgan Chase and Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Edward Jones and Johnson & Johnson.

Pandley said companies are looking to recruit students for permanent employment and internships.

Business professional attire is required, and students should bring several copies of an updated résumé to distribute to companies.

Sharielle Johnson, a senior computer information student from Tallahassee, understands the importance of attending the expo.

“FAMU offers their students so many opportunities,” Johnson said. “But it’s up to us to take advantage of those opportunities.”

To attend the career fair, students are advised to register with Venom Trak through the Career Center. Venom Trak is an online module that offers information regarding on-campus recruitment and job postings.

The Career Center offers a variety of services to meet the career needs of students via programs, communications and resources. Services include a résumé-writing builder, cover letter builder, interviewing skills, mock interviews, professional etiquette, networking strategies, job search strategies and graduate or professional school opportunities.

Seminars and workshops are also available throughout the fall and spring semesters.