An Industry Showcase is both an educational opportunity and recruiting event; it consists of a panel and networking session featuring a number of employers from a particular industry. You will have the opportunity to learn more about:
- The specific industry
- Employers in attendance
- Full-time and internship opportunities including the interview process and skill sets needed
- Connect with company representatives and alumni
Is registration required to attend?
- We appreciate it when you register on CCE’s calendar of events
- If you just found out about the event, don’t worry! You will be able to register at the event
How can I prepare?
- Visit the web sites of the companies attending
- Learn about what they do and check out their careers pages
- Check LionSHARE (CCE’s job/internship board) for any current opportunities posted
- Generate a list of questions that you would like to ask either during the panel or networking session
- Use the Create Your Materials section of CCE’s Design Your Next Steps page to update your resume
- Have your resume reviewed by a counselor during Quick Questions
- Get comfortable introducing yourself: share your name, major, class level, and one or two highlights you would like the employer to know about your interests and experience
- Be ready with a smile, a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact
What do I wear and bring?
- Business attire is suggested — you can always borrow a suit from CCE’s Clothing Closet
- Bring copies of your resume, a folder to keep your materials organized, pen/paper for notes, and your questions. An employer may or may not be collecting paper resumes, but they’re good to have on hand.
What happens during the networking portion of the event?
- After the panel, you will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one or in small groups with the employers. This is a chance for you to make a personal connection and ask your questions
- Pick up any information on the company, and, while not everyone will give it out, ask for contact information so you can follow up
- Enjoy yourself — this is a great opportunity to learn.
I went to the event! Now what?
- Send thank you notes within 24 hours: refer to your notes about each employer and follow up on any information or action requested.
- Track contact information: start organizing contacts now in a system that works for you. Many students use Excel spreadsheets that include names, emails, where the interaction took place, date of contact, and notes.