Job Fair 2012 Recap

Last week the Portfolio Center and Student Employment hosted the annual fall semester Job Fair. We had a great turnout of employers and students–and we want to thank everyone who came out! (Let us know if you hired a student or if you are a student who got hired.)

Our dressed-for-success students workin’ it.

Here’s a quick recap of day:


In total, 26 employers attended, bringing a total of 55 employment representatives who were interacting with our talented students. Best of all, 85% of companies plan to interview or hire students they met at the fair. The list of attending employers is as follows:

AKIRA1Love 1House TV ShowBarbizon LightingChicago StagehandChicago Twenty Something Inc.ChildCare CareersCity StaffingCity Year ChicagoEdelmanEnergy ConnectioneworksEXPRESSForever YogurtHubbard Radio Chicago, LLCImprov PlayhouseInfinity Signs and PrintingLakeview Solutions, Inc.Lifetouch Portrait StudioMidrange Repair and Parts, Inc.NansenNorth Bridge Staffing GroupRed Frog EventsRoundys Supermarkets (Mariano’s)TEFL InstituteTris3ctWAV Wireless OutfittersWavefront Music Festival


A total of 372 students attended the job fair! That number is right on par with what we traditionally expect.

“So I Attended The Job Fair, What’s Next?”

If you find yourself pondering this question, then we have a few helpful tips to help you continue to networks with the professionals you met to score that job.

  • Follow Up! Send an email or a “thank you” note to the employers you talked to at the Job Fair. Not only is it common courtesy, but it shows that you are pro-active, which is a key skill these employers are looking for in you.
  • Link Up on LinkedIn That’s right, get on LinkedIn and request to connect with the employers you met. Oh, what’s you say that? You don’t use LinkedIn? Well now’s the perfect time to perfect–or create–that profile. LinkedIn might not be Facebook, but it’s the social networking tool of choice for employees looking to recruit you.

In fact, we can help you get started on LinkedIn with our LinkedIn 101 session.

Still Looking for a Job?

We got you covered! Find meaningful work at our Non-Profit Career Fair.