By Monique Beaupre, Toppel Peer Advisor
What exactly is On Campus Recruiting?
Representatives from local, national and international businesses and industries, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, military services, human services, and school systems visit the campus to meet with students and to interview and discuss career opportunities with students. After applying to openings via HireACane, students may be scheduled for individual interviews with visiting employer representatives.
Why you should participate
They already want you! Many representatives are taking their own time to seek ‘Canes to fill their open positions. They’ve heard how awesome you are and therefore have invested time into recruiting you specifically.
This is your opportunity at face-time with employers. Rather than merely submitting your application online among hundreds of qualified applicants, you’ll meet face-to-face with company representatives. Take advantage of your chance to express your interest and enthusiasm in a recruiting company.
How you can make the most of On Campus Recruiting
Simply attend information sessions and apply for interviews! Find the On Campus Recruiting calendar here: http://www.sa.miami.edu/toppel/mainSite/Students/programs.aspx. You can go the extra mile by approaching the representative after their presentation and following up with them via email before your interview.
Dedicate at least 15-30 minutes to researching an On Campus Recruiter before visiting them. Look for available positions. Companies come to campus to answer your questions, so it’s okay to ask what opportunities are available. However, you’ll stand out if you approach them with, “I’m interested in [open position] because...” If you arrive better informed, you put yourself a step ahead of the game.
Dress to impress. For interviews, business professional attire is a no-brainer. However, students commonly mistaken their shorts and flip-flops as appropriate for company information sessions. They should be dressed in business casual attire for these events, so they can make the best impression possible when shaking hands with the speaker after the session.