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Our annual Government and Nonprofit Career EXPO is happening on Friday, February 18. The primary difference between EXPO and our fall career fair is that almost all of the employers who recruit at EXPO are government agencies and nonprofit organizations, whereas the fall career fair is open to for-profit and nonprofit employers. EXPO is also different from our fall career fair because we host the event as part of a consortium of universities. So if you are interested in a career in the government or nonprofit sectors, we hope you come on Friday. Just don’t be surprised if you bump into students from NYU or UVA (two of our five partners in putting on this event).
When it comes to making the most of EXPO, the process is the same as it is for any other career fair. Preparation is key. Below you will find some resources to help you prepare.
On Hoya Career Connection, our jobs and internships database, we have a list of the 84 employers who will be at EXPO. Employers like it when you show up at their table and demonstrate some understanding of and interest in what their organization does. Look at this list before EXPO to see who’s coming and, if necessary, do a little research on organizations’ Web sites, Hoya Career Connection, Idealist, or LinkedIn.
Here is some advice on how to succeed at a career fair from an employer who has recruited at Georgetown.
Last fall, Christine Cruzvergara, our Manager of Special Programs, wrote a series of posts about the myths and realities of career fairs. The posts were written for our fall career fair, but the lessons are applicable for EXPO too.
- Career Fair Myths 1 & 2 – Why career fairs aren’t just for business students and why its not necessarily a bad thing that some employers may not be able to accept your resume.
- Career Fair Myths 3 & 4 – About the importance of preparing for a career fair and why our career fairs aren’t just for people looking for full-time jobs.
- Career Fair Myths 5 & 6 – On managing expectations for career fairs and how to make employers remember you.
- Career Fair Myth 7 – How to dress appropriately for a career fair.