Incoming Campus Juniors, Get Ready for Fall!

Transitioning to University Park from a Commonwealth campus this month?  We’re here to help you prepare for and navigate peak recruiting season, which kicks off right away.


Q.  Is my resume good?

A.  While there is no one “right” way to do a resume, there is a general format that receives the most positive feedback from Smeal recruiters and that allows you to maximize the space and do justice to your skill development.  Please see your Sample Smeal Resume/Guidelines handout

After using the sample resume as a guideline for formatting revisions, upload your resume to for feedback on skill content.

Once you have applied changes based on the sample resume and feedback from Vmock, have your resume reviewed by someone at Career & Corporate Connections.  Quick peer reviews are available during the academic year Monday-Friday mid morning to mid afternoon, or you may schedule a half-hour appointment with a professional staff member at least two business days in advance via the Career & Corporate Connections website.  You can also utilize the Penn State Career Services drop-in hours Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Q.  When are the career fairs and how do I prepare?

A.  The first career fair date is August 29, 2017 (Supply Chain) and the last business-related University Park career fair is on September 18 (#MegaFair for all business majors).  As you can see, peak recruiting season is at the VERY beginning of fall semester.  Review all career fair dates and take advantage of programs and workshops designed to help you feel as prepared and confident as possible (note that there is a Mock Career Fair for you to practice!).  You will be able to see the list of employers attending in advance.  See the Career Fair information on the Events page of our website.

Not sure how to approach the conversation with recruiters?  Remember that it is just a normal, natural conversation and it is an opportunity to learn about each other.  It is completely normal to be told to apply online during your interaction.  Review your Elevator Pitch handout for more suggestions.

Q.  Where can I find internships?

A.  SmealConnect is the internship/co-op posting system for undergraduate Smeal students, featuring over 1,500 postings last year.  This is an excellent starting point to explore opportunities.  Students must sign the user agreement at the beginning of each academic year and allow 1-2 BUSINESS days (i.e., not weekends or holidays) for access to the system.  Tip: carefully review internship postings BEFORE the career fair and incorporate specific questions about their opportunities into your career fair conversations.

Q.  How do I learn more about Smeal Student Organizations?

A.  You can review the list of Smeal Student Organizations on our website any time.  To chat with representatives, consider stopping by the Smeal Student Organization Involvement Fair on Tuesday, August 22 from 3:00pm-6:00pm on the lawn outside of the Business Building (Park Ave. side).  You can look up contact information for any student organization via the Student Organization Directory.

By Lauren Watson
Lauren Watson Change of Campus Program Coordinator/Career Coach Lauren Watson