Spring Career Expo - April 29, 2014; 3-6pm; Chicago Atrium

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 Looking for an entry-level job?

Register for the Spring Career Expo

April 29, 2014

3-6pm

NLU Atrium, 2nd Floor

122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603


Why should I go? 

 NLU's 2014 graduates and alumni will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with employers seeking NLU graduates to fill entry-level roles in business, human services, non-profit, education support, and other industries;
  • Learn how to effectively navigate employers' online applications;
  • Find new organizations seeking your skills and experiences.

Do I need to do anything before the Expo?

  • Career Expo - Prep Kit for more information on what to expect, how to prepare your resume, and how to craft your elevator speech! 
  • Research is key in ANY job search, but when it comes to a career expo, research is what will set you apart from the crowd. Pressed for time? Pick your top 5 organizations, do the research, and then add more organizations as you can.
  • Develop questions to ask the recruiters. It is up to you to keep the conversation going. For example, ask questions about your application-- what qualities are your district principals looking for in their teachers? You can also ask questions about 
  • Prepare a 30-60 second pitch using the Building Your Branding Statement worksheet so that you can convey who you are, your relevant training and experiences, your areas of focus, and why you are unique. This is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and to express your interest in them. Think about how your education or experience relates to the organization's needs.

How long should I spend talking to each employer? 

In a job fair setting, the interaction should be brief (5-7 minutes). The intent is to provide an outstanding first impression and, if you fit the needs of the district or agency, possibly get invited to an onsite interview. Do not be discouraged if the conversation is short - the professional(s) in attendance are very adept at getting the information they need from you in a concise period of time.


What do I wear?

Employers say first impressions count, so give some thought to what you wear.

 DO  DON'T
Clothes
  • Business suit in navy, gray, or black
  • Women may wear pant or skirt suits
  • Women's blouse necklines no lower than collarbone;                              skirt hem no more than two inches above the knee
  • Men should dress in a shirt and tie
  • Men's shoes—wing tips or loafers with dark socks
  • Women's shoes—low/medium heels or flats, neutral hose.                                          Shoe comfort is key. 
  • Khakis, jeans, or sweats
  • Shirt tail not tucked in
  • Stains or wrinkles
  • Shoes run down at the heels, scuffed, or not polished
  • White socks
  • Colored hose or hose with runs or snags in them
  • Low necklines
  • Hemlines on skirts more than two inches above the knee; pants above the ankle
  • Too tight or too loose clothing
  • Revealing or provocative
  • Necktie not properly tied
Hair
  • Clean and styled conservatively
  • Off of your face
  • Men—short hair is preferable; groomed facial hair 
  • Unwashed or unkempt
  • Shaggy or excessively long
  • Play with your hair
Accessories
  • Simple jewelry: one small pair of earrings, necklaces, pins, simple rings are acceptable
  • Portfolio to hold your resumes, to take notes after conversations and to store business cards for follow-up
  • Cell phone is turned off
  • Visible tattoos or piercings
  • Excessive or large jewelry
  • Disorganized materials
  • Heavy or excessive
  • perfumes or colognes

What do I do when I get there?

  1. Familiarize yourself with the layout: take a minute to review the Fair booklet and room map.
  2. When you’re ready, head for your first school, introduce yourself with a smile and firm handshake, then begin your 30-60 pitch.
  3. If you’re feeling nervous or need a break, stop by the Career Development Office table… we can asnwer your questions and give you a pep talk. 
  4. After each conversation with a recruiter, take a minute to write down the topics of conversation on the back of the recruiter's business card so that you have some tidbit to include in your thank you note. 

What do I bring to the Fair?

  • Multiple copies of your resume
  • Pen, notebook

When speaking with recruiters you'll want to have your resume readily available. If you’re asked for them, you’ll present yourself as a prepared job seeker and serious candidate. 


Still have questions?

Contact us to schedule a one-to-one appointment either in-person or over the phone. We are excited to help you succeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check back as we will build a list of employers set to recruit at the NLU Spring Career Expo!

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603

    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123

    (888) 658.8632

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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