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Career Fairs

Each February, Otterbein students participate in CareerFest, a job and internship fair sponsored by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). Over 100 employers - businesses, corporations, non-profit groups and government agencies come to discuss permanent employment and internship opportunities. Many employers and students engage in follow-up interviews.

Also, in February, The Center for Career & Professional Development and the Center for Community Engagement collaborate for the annual Non-Profit Job & Internship Fair. Nearly 30 organizations visit campus to discuss their available job and internship opportunities.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Career Fair

You've got plenty of copies of your resume, you've practiced your handshake, and your interview outfit is pressed. Now what? Here are a few pointers gleaned from recruiters who attend career fairs.

  • These are great networking opportunities, be professional, poised and polished! Wear the most professional outfit you own.
  • Research participating organizations before the event. Know what they do, some key initiatives, and the opportunities they have available. When you engage a recruiter in intelligent dialogue, you stand out. You have limited time at the career fair, so use it wisely. 
  • Prepare a 15-20 second script to introduce yourself; your full name, major, class year, areas of campus involvement, why you are interested in the organization and what skills you have to offer. Maintain good eye contact and offer a firm handshake. 
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume. Some employers will take them, some won’t. Most employers will require you to apply for positions online to be considered as an official applicant.
  • When you talk to employers, keep your conversations focused and brief.  Demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and how your experiences align with their needs and can add value.
  • When you give a recruiter your resume, ask what the next step in the process is.
  • Ask for a business card so you can follow up after the event.

/ Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development is located on the corner of Grove and Home streets near the center of campus behind "The Rock."

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Walk-In Hours
M-F: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ryan Brechbill, Director
e/ rbrechbill@otterbein.edu

Ashley Strausser, Associate Director/Internship Coordinator
e/ astrausser@otterbein.edu

Sara Schumacher, Admin. Assistant
e/ sschumacher@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1456
f/ 614.823.3052

Center for Career & Professional Development
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081


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