Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance (ENCCA)
2019 Career Fair

The Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance (ENCCA) invites you to participate in our next Career Fair. Students and alumni of all ENCCA institutions are invited to attend. Institutions include: Barton College, Campbell University, Meredith College, Methodist University, University of Mount Olive, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, and William Peace University.

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When

February 20, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Set-up: 8:00 am

Where

McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27695  Directions

Job Seekers

The Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance (ENCCA) invites you to participate in our next Career Fair to be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Students and alumni from the following institutions are welcomed to participate: Barton College, Campbell University, Meredith College, Methodist University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, The University of Mount Olive, and William Peace University. Students and alumni whose campuses are part of the Metrolina Career Consortium and the North Carolina Career Consortium are also invited to participate.

Students and alumni do not need to register on this website but your Career Center may require that you register with them directly. Consult the Career Services office on your campus for more information on advance registration for the ENCCA Career Fair. On the day of the Career Fair you will sign in upon arrival at the McKimmon Center and receive a list of employers/graduate schools. Career Center staff members from your college or university will be available to answer your questions and help you make the most out of the career fair.

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Making the Most of the Event

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make an "all out" effort to meet with every employer that has the potential to hire you. In order to make that happen you will need to be prepared. Preparation is the key to making a successful presentation at any job or career fair.

Prior to the Event (PREPARE!)

Listen to these job fair related podcasts:

Job Fairs: The Basics - Job fairs are an excellent opportunity to meet multiple employers in one convenient location. These face-to-face forums allow you to learn first hand about prospective employers and their hiring needs, and to present your credentials in person without a prior appointment. Here's how to meet recruiters who are ready and willing to speak with you at your convenience!

Job Fairs: A Day At the Fair - Job fairs can be crucial when it comes to finding employment opportunities. Here's how to successfully interact one-on-one with recruiters, gather details and leads firsthand, and present your résumé and credentials, all in one place!

Job Fairs: All the Wrong Moves - Recruiters scouting for the most qualified candidates are as intent on screening people out as they are in letting them in. Don't make the elimination process any easier by committing the following job fair mistakes.

To make the most of the event, we also recommend the following:

  1. Think about your strong points, your goals, the organization and where you want to go within the company. Prepare a "one-minute commercial" detailing your background and aspirations.
  2. Consider where you want to work geographically (New York - Boston - anywhere), what you like doing, what you're looking for in a first job, what your most relevant skills are.
  3. Prepare your résumé! If you need assistance in preparing a résumé, attend résumé workshops, use the examples found in your Career Services office, or go to College Central's Job Search Kit. Once you've started, meet with a counselor to "fine tune" your résumé.
  4. Understand how your skills (or the ones that you want to develop) relate to the organizations and employment opportunities that are available.
  5. Thoroughly research your "core" companies and gain background information upon which you can base your conversations with the company representatives. Check your school's library, career center and company web pages for the information that you'll need to prepare for the event.
  6. Prepare your own event kit complete with résumés (enough for all employers that you want to talk with, plus a few extras). Other items that support your interests and abilities such as references, written work or a portfolio can also be helpful.

Day of the Event (PERFORM!)

  1. Dress the same as you would for a job interview. You want to present the best image possible -- jeans, sweatshirts, and backpacks won't cut it. Avoid excessive jewelry and perfume. You will only have a few minutes to make an impression as a job candidate. Positive first impressions are critical.
  2. Turn off your cell phone and other electronic devices! Ringers, alerts and phone conversations are distracting and disrespectful. Let the employers know that they are your main focus.
  3. Arrive early and map out your strategy. Who will you talk with first? Lines will be longer for some employers than they will be for others. Plan accordingly and don't waste valuable time by standing in line.
  4. Keep an open mind and don't miss out on opportunities due to lack of information or effort. You may want to tour the event and make contact with all the participating organizations to learn more about them and what they have to offer, but visit your "core" companies first.
  5. Introduce yourself to company representatives in a positive and confident manner; offer a firm handshake. Include your name, your school (if the event isn't only for your school), degree, major, and the year you are graduating.
  6. Tell the recruiter about your job interests. For example:
    • Discuss a particular career or job with that organization
    • Learn more about the organization and available opportunities
    • Learn more about what someone does in a particular career
    • Discuss internship or summer job opportunities
  7. Present your résumé and be ready to discuss your background, qualifications and career goals. Ask what you should do to apply for a position with them.
  8. Think of questions that you have regarding your area(s) of interest. Take notes on the answers you receive. Some questions might be:
    • What are common career paths within your organization?
    • What is the training program for new hires?
    • What do you look for in a candidate?
    • What advice do you have for applicants?
  9. Make sure you obtain each representative's name, title, address, email address, and phone number so you can follow up with them. Collect literature and business cards whenever possible and ask the representatives when you can expect to hear back from them.
  10. Be sure to take notes after each table. Write down your thoughts about the company, the recruiter, your chances, follow-up strategies, to-do list, etc. Keep this information organized!

After the Event (PERSIST!)

After the event, you should make it a point to follow up with a letter expressing your interest in the company and in what they have to offer. You may want to include an updated résumé, a link to an electronic portfolio, or provide better answers to specific questions asked during the event. Thank you/follow up letters should be received by the employer within 2-5 days after an event.

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Registration fee for this event:
$350
(For-Profit)
$200
(Non-Profit/Govt./Grad. School)

The Career Fair is a closed event, open only to students and alumni of the ENCCA institutions. Those affiliated with the Metrolina Career Consortium and the North Carolina Career Consortium are also invited. Most attendees will be graduating in May, seeking full-time employment and/or graduate school information at the Career Fair. Organizations will also meet students who are attending for general career-related information (such as internships) and alumni who are seeking positions or information.

Tables for Employers and graduate school representatives are not prearranged and are available to representatives on a first-come, first-serve basis; therefore, representatives should plan to arrive between 8:00-8:30 a.m. to select and set up their booth and enjoy a continental breakfast with college representatives. The career fair is from 9:00-2:00; this is a time to talk with students, provide information on your organization, and determine if you would like to talk further with the student/alumni at some other time in the future. On a rotating basis, registered employer representatives are invited to attend a lunch between 11:00am-1:00pm. Wireless access is available.

Take a moment to note the following deadlines for employers and graduate schools:

  • January 21, 2019 - Priority Registration Deadline: Registration forms must be submitted by this date in order to guarantee your space at the event. We will continue to accept registrations through February 5, 2019 on a space available basis.
  • January 26, 2018 - Any cancellation requests must be received by this date in order to receive a refund.
  • February 15, 2019 - All invoices must be paid in full and employer profile information must be entered.

In preparation for the fair, know that students and alumni want to talk with employers about job openings, career opportunities, and hiring processes and with graduate schools about program information and application procedures. Be prepared to share this information as well as organizational literature with attendees.

Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance Career Fair Policies

The Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance (ENCCA) invites employer organizations to register for their career fair provided they meet the following basic criteria:

  • The organization must have actual or anticipated bona fide internship, co-op, full-time, or graduate school opportunities for our students and alumni.
  • The organization must accurately describe the responsibilities and requirements for the opportunities it offers at the ENCCA career fair.
  • All conditions for advertised positions must be clearly publicized in the position description.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, positions that are commission-based, involve out-of-pocket financial expenses, test taking, etc. Registration for multi-level marketing companies will not be accepted.
  • Employer organizations are expected to be familiar with and to honor the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals revised in January 2012. Review the NACE standards.

Inclement Weather and Cancellation Procedures

  • ENCCA consortium members will monitor weather conditions and consult with onsite officials at the fair site.
  • Should a weather emergency be occurring or imminent, ENCCA may come to a decision to cancel the fair on the scheduled day.
  • Good faith efforts will be made to communicate cancellation of the fair to all registered employers and organizations via email messages and phone calls.
  • All attempts will be made to reschedule the career fair at a later date. A new date will be communicated through email messages to registered employers and organizations. If the fair is rescheduled but an organization is unable to attend on the new date then the organization may apply 100% of their registration fee to the career fair for the following year or request a refund, which will be 50% of the registration fee which will be provided by check to the organization. If the ENCCA fair is canceled for the current academic year employers may request a refund of registration fees minus processing and administrative fees

You are welcome to send recruitment materials/displays in advance of the event. To ensure that your materials arrive for the day of the fair be sure that the following is clearly marked on all boxes:

Attention: ENCCA Career Fair, Wednesday, February 21, 2018
1101 Gorman Street
Campus Box 7401
Raleigh, NC 27695
919-515-3373

Additional Recruitment Opportunities:

The ENCCA Nonprofit Career Fair will be held on March 22nd, 2019 on the William Peace University campus from 11am-1pm. Non-profit organizations and government departments recruiting for full-time positions, interns, seasonal positions and part-time positions are eligible to participate. There is no cost to participate, however we are limited to 35 organizations. Contact Dr. Shelly Hoover-Plonk for further information: rmhoover-plonk@peace.edu.

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