The March 1 Career Fair was a Success

The March 1 Career Fair was a Success

Access the complete Spring 2017 Employer Directory here for detailed information about the 30+ employers who attended.

Now that you’ve met with employers, be sure to be ready for next steps!

Fair Follow-up

  • Send thank you emails to those employers of highest interest.
  • Apply for positions of interest via the NLCN.  You may need to apply another way, so be in the know.
  • Look for emails from employers and respond promptly, even if you are not interested. Show them the courtesy of a reply or it will reflect poorly on you for future opportunities (see below for more advice).
  • Follow up after 2 weeks or so to express your continued interest and inquire about the status of the position. Don’t assume that, because they haven’t contacted you, they’re not interested in you. Take the initiative to follow up!
  • Prepare for interviews and acceptance protocol

Applying for positions after the fair

Now that you’ve shared your resume at the fair, you might be wondering if it’s necessary to apply online or send your resume via email. Some employers may have instructed you. If you have not been instructed, go ahead and follow up by formally applying. This could give your resume more visibility. There are various ways to apply: the PSU job board (try this first), the employer application site or emailing the employer directly if their contact information was provided (at the fair or in the Directory). 

Applying through the Nittany Lion Career Network

Login via the NLCN. Click on Employers from menu, then Employer Directory. Next to keyword, type the organization name and check the name box. A list of matches will appear. Select the organization from the list then click on Available positions. If you cannot find a posting on NLCN, look in the directory to see if the employer has specified another website for applying).

When uploading your material to NLCN (PSU job board), you can upload up to 10 different documents (including resumes, cover letters, transcript, letter of recommendation, etc.). When you apply through the system, you select which documents to attach for that specific position. You designate one of your resumes as primary, which indicates the version that employers will see if they login and opt to download resumes. Employers may reach out to you if they discover you this way. Be sure not to set your resume to private if you want to potentially be discovered.

Responding to employer invitations for an interview

If you are not interested, respond and politely let them know that you “have decided to pursue another path” or you are “not able to pursue this opportunity at this time” and/or “would be very interested in being considered in the future.” Thank them for reaching out but do not simply ignore their email or phone call as it reflects poorly on you and on Penn State.

If you’re interested, congratulations!  Be sure to prepare as noted below, dress professionally and show up early!  Follow up with thank you notes to all. 

Preparing for the interview

All students and alumni have free access to a great resource to help you prepare via Click on Register to setup your free account. Click on the play button under resources for videos with tips from experts. You can also use your webcam to setup your own 10-question interview which records your answers so you can watch how you present yourself to recruiters. Take advantage of this wonderful tool! You can also schedule to meet with Christine Allen for a live mock interview session.

Researching Employers in Preparation for Interviews

Be sure to do further research on employers before the interview. Know their mission, goals and business. Start with their website then advance to, and Library databases Hoovers and Uniworld.

Receiving an offer before your top choice offer is extended

When offered a position, express your excitement and enthusiasm, ask questions and also ask if you can have a week (or 2) to consider all your options. Employers should grant you a bit of time, but not usually more than 2 weeks. It’s not appropriate to accept it and then tell them later that you’ve changed your mind. It’s best to communicate with employers but without mentioning other organization names.  Reach out to your first choice employer and explain the situation. Once you accept an offer, it’s professional to inform any other prospective employers that you’re no longer in the search process.

Should I notify Career Services if I get hired?

Yes, please do! If you were hired for a job (p/t or f/t), complete:

If you accepted an internship offer, complete - we need to know where you are interning whether you are earning credit or not.

We look forward to hearing about your success! If you need assistance, call 610-892-1390 or come to 104 Main to schedule an appointment with career coach, Christine Allen.