Work Out Your Future at Career Showcase!

January 24 & 25, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Career Showcase is going back to the newly renovated Stephen C. 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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Career Showcase Maps

Access maps below (TBD).

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How Will I Get to the New Showcase Location?

Due to the O’Connell Center construction project we’re heading to Southwest Rec. Our team will be there to help you navigate the event and direct you to where you need to go. Additionally, there are still plenty of ways to get to Career Showcase via the Campus Shuttles, these routes 117, 118, 119, 125, 126, 129, and City Bus 20 all come within the vicinity of Southwest Rec. For those with cars, the lot across the street from the Southwest Recreation Center is an ‘any decal’ lot, as long as you have a valid parking decal you can safely park in those spaces to attend Career Showcase. Stay tuned on our social channels about the move and updates by using the hashtag #SwRecShowcase.

Meet Employers Before Showcase!

The Diversity Meet Up on Monday, September 26 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 the event or RSVP below.

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Complimentary Headshots for LinkedIn Profiles

Immediately following the Suit Up Workshop on September 19th, students will have the opportunity to have
a professional headshot taken for your LinkedIn 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.

Creating Connections through Career Showcase

These incredible sponsors help make the magic happen at Career Showcase. We’ve linked their info below to the career pages of their sites for you to learn more about their organizations and opportunities.

  • aldi

    Sapphire Sponsor

  • Altria

    Ruby Sponsor

  • American Traveler

    Ruby Sponsor

  • Ascend Performance Materials

    Ruby Sponsor

  • Deloitte

    Ruby Sponsor

  • EY

    Ruby Sponsor

  • GE Appliances

    Ruby Sponsor

  • KPMG

    Ruby Sponsor

  • Norfolk Southern

    Ruby Sponsor

  • Pepsi Co.

    Ruby Sponsor

  • PWC

    Ruby Sponsor

  • Schlumberger

    Ruby Sponsor

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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