Students

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Career Exploration Week from Monday, October 6 to Thursday, October 9. Over the years we have hosted hundreds of first class and employers from all across the country, eager to recruit Howard University 's finest students. This year we've even stepped it up a few notches with a new location, several new companies and a wide range of employer networking events.

NEW LOCATION

This year we're heading downtown DC to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the career fair. Ballrooms A and B on the 3rd Floor of the Convention Center will be packed with close to 150 employers and top graduate schools.

NEW TIME

Since the event will be off-campus this year, we knew that this could present some challenges for you to attend classes and still take in as much of the career fair as you normally would. So, we pused the time back to 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7.

Reston Limousine will provide special shuttle service to and from the Convention Center starting around noon on Tuesday, continuing service until 9:00 p.m.

NEW FORMAT

We don't want to share too much right now, but this year the career fair will be opened with an address to recruiters and students by a very special Alumnus of Howard University. Follow CEDAR on Twitter (@HowardCareers) to get the updates on this special event opening.

NOT EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED

Yes... several things have changed for the better, but the special things that you're used to have not.

Career Fest on the Plaza - Monday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Blackburn Center Ground Floor Plaza

To help you with some last minute tips on how to prepare for the fair, select employers will be on campus the day before the fair at the Career Fest on the Plaza (ground floor Blackburn Center) providing the following services:

  • Résumé Critiques
  • Career Fair Networking Tips
  • Interview Coaching
  • General Career Coaching

Corporate Presentations and Networking Events - Monday, October 6, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Various Campus Locations

Click here to preview the schedule for the week and identify the events you will attend.

Remember that for the main career fair on Tuesday, professional attire is MANDATORY. Our fasion police will be on patrol. Make sure that you are dressed to impress. "How you are dressed determines how you will be addressed." Les Brown, Motivational Speaker.

Use the instructions below to take full advantage of these outstanding opportunities brought to you by the Center for Career Education, Development and Research (CEDAR).

Be prepared!!!

Career Exploration Week
October 6 - 8, 2014

!!!RESEARCH EMPLOYERS
& GRADUATE SCHOOLS!!!

Dressing for the Fair

You've heard it said time and time again that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. How many times have you had to beat yourself up for not taking full advantage of the single shot you had at presenting yourself in the best way possible and lost that golden opportunity to land that internship, summer job, scholarship, or graduate assistantship?

Though an impressive GPA and resume are critical to the success of your career search, how you present yourself is equally, if not more critical to making the impression that puts you ahead of the pack in the race for that highly desired position. Depending upon your fashion style, whether it is the latest trends for the club scene or mere college senior casual, a job interview, whether at a career fair or in a formal office setting, may be the cause for some drastic wardrobe augmentation.

In most business and technical interviews, when it comes to your appearance, conservatism and conformity are in order. While many companies have adopted the official casual dress code, don't try to set new standards in the interview. When in doubt, it is better to be too conservative than to be too flashy. For men and women, a suit is the best bet.

A Final Check

Of course, your appearance is only as good as your grooming. Create a final checklist to review before you go on an interview and/or attend the Career Fair: Attend to your personal hygiene (Take a shower and brush your teeth.)

  • Neatly trim hair.
  • Clean your fingernails.
  • Ladies, wear conservative make-up.
  • No runs in your stockings.
  • Shoes polished.
  • No excessive jewelry: men should refrain from wearing earrings.
  • No missing buttons, crooked ties, or lint.
  • Iron your shirt.
  • Dark colored suits are preferable (navy, gray, charcoal). They carry more authority than lighter shades.
  • Stand and walk with your head erect.
  • Keep your hand gestures to a minimum.
  • Offer a firm but not bone-crushing handshake (both male and female).
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • A pleasant and confident smile is recommended. A poker look on your face conveys a too serious, contemplative persona.