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Florida Hosts Hospitality Career Fair

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Northwood University Florida recently held a Hospitality Management Career Day which hosted Seahawk students along with over 130 students from three area high schools.
Included in the photo are (L-R): Alumna Nicolle Nie, Dan Tellez, Claudio Angelini, Nicole Lewis, Adalberto Trujillo, Raca Nikodinovic, Mahesha Jayawardana, Andrea Santizo, Brittany Gagne, Tessa Tom, Christina Ruggeri, Taylor Smith, Sedrick Bernard, Alumna Danielle Skorski, Alumnus Steve Christ

Included in the photo are (L-R): Alumna Nicolle Nie, Dan Tellez, Claudio Angelini, Nicole Lewis, Adalberto Trujillo, Raca Nikodinovic, Mahesha Jayawardana, Andrea Santizo, Brittany Gagne, Tessa Tom, Christina Ruggeri, Taylor Smith, Sedrick Bernard, Alumna Danielle Skorski, Alumnus Steve Christ

December 6, 2012

The group had the opportunity to tour Florida's 90-acre campus and to learn more about its Hospitality Management program while also connecting with local job seekers.

"It was great to have the opportunity to introduce Northwood University students and local high school students to potential employers. The experience provided them the opportunity to prepare for first impressions by brushing up on interview tips, dressing professionally, and sharing their potential with brief introductions." said Midge Reichert, Director of Career Services who hosted the event along with Dr. Janice Scarinci, Chair of Florida's Hospitality Management Program, and Emily Mass, Director of Admissions.

To help job seekers compete in this tough economic climate, Reichert offers a variety of tips. They include:

• Research the organization in advance. Nothing say's "prepared" and indicates initiative more than a job seeker who's done their homework by thoroughly researching the history, mission and goals of the potential employer.
• Dress for success. Job seekers should be dressed in business attire as first impressions are always crucial.
• Introductions are key. Job seekers should introduce themselves by looking directly at the recruiter, with a firm handshake and a warm smile.
• Present a 30-second commercial. Job seekers should be prepared to provide recruiters with a short, concise, and poised 30 second commercial relating to their experience and potential.
• Time management speaks volumes. Job seekers should arrive early at a career fair so they can take advantage of meeting as many recruiters as possible. There will be a wide variety of employers, and many of them will provide great opportunities that the job seeker may not have considered previously, so they should keep an open mind.
• Organization relays professionalism. Job seekers should bring a portfolio to organize their many resumes, cover letters, a pad of paper and business cards. If collecting business cards, jobseekers must remember to keep their own cards separate from those they are collecting.
• Sum it up. Job seekers must present themselves in a professional manner by conveying maturity, being respectful and arriving prepared.
• Relay respect and confidence. Listen to what the recruiter is saying for cues to ask questions or to relate to any information being given. Nothing says confidence like a job seeker who appears enthusiastic about what the recruiter is saying and asks questions to learn more about the company or job!
• Follow-up with a handwritten note and an email. Never underestimate the value of follow-up! Your willingness to send a handwritten thank you note and an email the day after the interview will remind the interviewer of your potential and set you apart from the rest.

The event, which was open to the public and designed for all NU students regardless of class year, included companies offering both full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships.