Career Showcase

September 26 & 27, 2017
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Career Showcase is going back to the newly renovated O’Connell Center on Gale Lemerand Drive! Wherever your interests lie, there’s a variety of employers from diverse industries who have come to the University of Florida to network with students just like you. Use this page as a one stop to find out about Showcase, how to prepare for it, and events and resources that will get you ‘Showcase Ready’.

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Showcase? We Got an App For That!

Keep Showcase at your fingertips during your time there! Download the UF Career Services app from the App Store or the Google Play Store, or click the link below!

GET THE APP

Showcase Spring 2017 Directory

Download a copy of the Spring 2017 Career Showcase Directory to discover participating employers, look at the event map, and find out other great information such as post showcase interviews and information sessions.

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Meet Employers Before Showcase at the Diversity Meet Up!

The Diversity Meet Up: Pre-Showcase Connections on Monday, September 25th from 5 – 8 p.m. will help you boost your confidence and your brand during a casual meet and greet with employers who are attending Career Showcase. This event is open to students from diverse and underrepresented populations including: ethnic minorities, women in STEM, veterans, LGBTQA+, and students with disabilities. Learn more about this dynamic and engaging event and how to RSVP by clicking below the button below.

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Get Ready For Career Showcase with These Events!

These events were specifically crafted to help you prepare for the biggest career event of the semester.

Fall Career Showcase (Day 1: Non-technical Day)

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fall Career Showcase (Day 2: Technical Day)

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Complimentary Headshots for Professional Profiles at Showcase!

From 1 – 3 p.m. on both days of Showcase, UF students and alumni will have the opportunity to have
a professional headshot taken for your professional profile. Headshots are first-come, first-served. Professional dress is encouraged. The headshots are complimentary, and courtesy of the CRC.

What Do I Bring and Wear to Career Showcase?

Make sure you bring your Gator 1 ID, you will need it to enter the venue. We also recommend that you bring 10-20 copies of your resume, employers will want you to leave one with them. In regards to attire, we strongly encourage professional attire, we have the right to turn away attire that is inappropriate. Visit the Gator Career Closet if you need assistance with professional dress.

How Do I Prepare for Career Showcase?

Our mission is to help you create connections so you can find your future at Showcase or any of our career events. Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time job, Showcase provides incredible opportunities for you to meet your career goals…if you’re prepared! Here are a few tips to get you ‘Showcase Ready’.

The resume is a professional summary of you. It allows employers to gain an understanding of your skills, abilities, and achievements. The fundamental purpose of a resume is to secure an interview and move to the next step of the process.

An employer may only look at a resume for 30-45 seconds. This means that your resume should be strategically written to briefly yet effectively communicate your message. The position type and industry may dictate the final length of your resume, but you should be able to summarize your most relevant experiences on one page.

Confirm acceptable length ranges within your organization or industry or ask a CRC staff member. You can tailor your resume (skills and experiences) for the specific position(s) you are applying for. To make this process easier, you may want to write a “Master Resume” that describes all of your experiences, achievements, accomplishments, etc. in detail. Then, you can pull from the master resume to create a shorter, tailored document.

This is only the start for pulling off a polished resume. For details on building your resume, visit our Prepare Your Tools page.

Your communication skills are going to be key when networking with employers at Career Showcase, during info sessions, or other events. Ensure you are communicating your skills and qualities in an effective way for employers. Practice the following with friends or family:

– Elevator speech – a 30 second pitch that tells a recruiter what your career goals are.
– Handshake – a firm handshake can go a long way. Stop by the CRC to practice yours.
– Eye Contact – make sure you maintain comfortable friendly eye contact.

If you have questions about how you can enhance your communication skills, stop by the CRC and see us.

It’s important to research what organizations you want to talk to at Career Showcase. We highly recommend you go in with a plan and have knowledge about the organizations you want to visit with.

To get started, here are some questions you may want to find the answers to:

Researching an employer:

– What is the organization’s size and structure?
– What are the organization’s mission and vision statements and values?
– What is the organization’s history?
– Who are the organization’s stakeholders?
– Has the organization received any awards or public recognition for specific works?
– Is the organization involved in any legal cases: past, present, or pending?
– What is the organization’s culture?
– What is the financial health of the organization?

Researching a position::

– What are the required skills and qualifications?
– What position responsibilities are explicitly mentioned in the job description? What specific elements will be responsible for, such as programs, events or accounts?
– Where does this position sit in the organizational chart?
– Will this position work independently or as part of a team?
– What opportunities are there for advancement?
– What is the travel requirement?
– What transferable experiences may you acquire from this role?
– What are the goals (short and long-term) of the position?

For information on where to search visit our Do Your Research page.

Volunteer at Career Showcase

Each semester over 100 students serve as Showcase Hosts to help us with producing the largest career fair in the Southeast. If you are student who is interested in getting event experience consider volunteering at Career Showcase – you’ll network with employers, assist with logistics, and more. To volunteer or find out more information, please contact careerevents@crc.ufl.edu.

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