Monday, September 15, 2014

Career Fair Plus

Are you tired of fumbling with print outs, notes and a map at the Career Fair? Frustrated by clicking tons of links to try and find information about the Fair? Well do we have the thing for you! And no, it’s not some online or infomercial scam. The Career Fair Plus App. So what is it, and why should you download it? Let’s dive right in.

First of all, it’s free!

Go to or you can find it on the App Store or Google play, scroll until you find the one for RIT. It’s that simple!

Convenience of everything in one

This allows you to have all of your Career Fair needs in one place. We'll give you a little tour of each section 

Picture of Home Screen


Here you will find a list of all the companies attending the Career Fair right a the palm of your hand. Take a look at Apple's page for example. You can see their overview, where they'll be located, majors they're hiring, kinds of degrees and positions they're hiring for and then extra information at the bottom. You can also type your own personal note at the top. Maybe they're a company you want to check out, so write that, or maybe you have a more tailored 60 Second Commercial for them so you want to make note of specific information you want to tell them.

The best part about this section is the filter system. You don't have to sift through all these companies looking for your major. Just like in Job Zone, you can set filters. The picture to the left is how you would filter by major -- at the top do you see those other letters? D stands for degree, I for Industry, P for positions and WA for work authorization. All the info on the company page can be used as a specific filter. It will only display companies that are looking for the specific things you checked off on the filter. Want to start again? Hit "clear filter" and being a new search. Or back on the company page, hit "All" instead of filter to just see all the companies. 

Fair Map

Currently there is no map because we haven't released that yet, but this is where you would find it. Unlike the paper copy, there is way more interactivity. You can mark favorites and click on booths to see what company is there. This is WAY easier than checking it off on the paper copy. 


Here will be posting all of our office's events such as Info Sessions, Networking Events and Workshops leading up to the fair. Many of them will help you prep for the Fair. Any event that is usually on our Job Zone calendar will be here with all of the info you need at your convenience. The best part? You can add events to your phone's calendar (as long as you allow the app to access your calendar, which is encouraged). How easy is that?!


The Career Fair is hectic and you might miss some important updates (companies adding/dropping majors, moving booths, not coming, etc.). We always make it a priority to get that information to you as fast as possible through our Twitter account (@RITCareers, #RITCF), and posted on an announcement board on the field house floor, but you may miss it. Here we will try and post the same information. This is similar to how you can expect the announcements to look.

Career Fair 101

Do you get lost in our endless catalog of Career Fair Tips? We want to make it even easier for you to find when you're getting ready for the Fair. This is where they will be. Similar to our web page articles, these will be nice resources to go through before the Career Fair.

And that's the Career Fair Plus app! Download it, get familiar with it and dominate the Career Fair!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Career Fair: A Literal First-Person Perspective

Do you want to go to the Career Fair but have never gone? Are you afraid of what it might be like? Never fear! Now you don't have to wake up during the Fair and call your friends pretending that you're sick so you don't have to go. Using some amazing new technologies (also known as a GoPro camera) we have captured the career fair from a student's perspective. Do you think the companies noticed? Probably, considering it was strapped onto the head of Tom Weekes, a New Media Marketing major here at Saunders College of Business. His embarrassment is your gain. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Value of Joining a Professional Association

Professionals associations can offer a lot of value to their members -- as a vehicle to learn more about and/or make contributions to your chosen field, to network with other members or as a source out job opportunities posted by members for members. So think carefully about the association you join because some are more active than others, and the benefits do vary. Read on to learn more about associations and how they may be a helpful in starting or developing your career.

What Exactly is a Professional Association?

A Professional Association is a structured group of like-minded individuals who gather to pursue their common interests, exchange information, and network with each other, for personal and professional benefits.

There are professional associations for every career field, and some general associations that are focused on other criteria and accept members from all fields, such as the Rochester Women’s Network and Rochester Young Professionals.

Professional associations are an excellent resource for career exploration when you are starting out, and for networking as you grow in your new profession. They are also one of the most powerful networking and job search tools available. Student memberships in professional associations are often free, or at significantly reduced rates compared to professional memberships.

Professional associations serve a wide variety of purposes, including establishing and monitoring industry standards and professional codes of practice, promoting the profession in the community, producing professional and industry publications, and maintaining a professional library for members. One of the main goals of many professional associations is to promote the career advancement of their members. Many offer career development information, networking opportunities between members, conferences, and even exclusive job and internship listings.


Why Join a Professional Network?

Professional Associations are a powerful resource for job seekers. Through their various activities and services (meetings, conferences, publications, websites, etc.) professional associations provide information about career fields, job opportunities, and employers in the professions they serve. They can be particularly helpful if you need to create a network to help you conduct a long-distance job search.

As a resume builder, associations indicate your dedication to and strong interest in your field to potential employers, and can also ensure your resume will matched in a keyword search by a recruiter searching through an applicant database on a Web search engine.

By participating in the activities of professional associations, students/alumni can gain practical experience and meet professionals already working in the field. You can also:
  • increase your knowledge of the profession and industry you are interested in, which will help you to decide whether you wish to pursue a career in this field
  • increase your knowledge of companies and organizations and the career opportunities they offer
  •  improve your business etiquette and communication skills
  • work for the association on projects and develop new skills
  • receive assistance with job-seeking through workshops, seminars, site visits, employer functions, vacancy listings etc.
  • learn about and apply for co-op placements and other job opportunities
  • develop skills through participation in professional development activities
  • socialize with fellow students who share similar interests and career goals
  • network with prospective colleagues and employers
  • remain up-to-date with developments in the field
  • learn about day-to-day issues you will face in the workplace


How do I use Professional Associations in my Job Search?

  • Association websites - check out the association website, if there is one. It can be a treasure trove of useful material: job listings, conferences, meeting and event calendars, member directories, news, emailed newsletters, etc.
  • Meetings/events - if it is a national organization with a local chapter, or a local organization, go to a couple of meetings (don't stop at just one meeting!) to see who is there and what they do.
  • Conferences/trade shows - check out the exhibitors to see who they are, what they do, what their new products and services might be, and, with luck, employment opportunities they may have.
  • Member directories - think of them as catalogs of potential employers and/or potential coworkers. You can use these directories to network and conduct informational interviews with potential employment contacts.
  • Committees - the best way to meet colleagues at other companies (where you may soon be working) is to join one of the association's committees. At a minimum, it will give you people with whom you can talk when you go to the next meeting. At best, it will give you visibility with everyone in the organization and the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise as well as establishing a good reputation.


How do I find a Professional Association?

There are professional associations available for every career field, and the Internet is a great starting place to find an association that matches your interests. You can do a general search for your field + professional associations, or use the general lists of professional associations below to find specific associations by category.    
Check with your program coordinator in the Co-op and Career Services Office for the associations they recommend for your field of interest. We have also organized
our "staff picks" on our Lists of Recommended Sites by program on our site-- so look them over!