Regional Job Fairs
The job fairs below are free and open to the public. Check the websites before attending for registration and parking details. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and research the employers in advance (most include a list of employers attending). Keep in mind that job fairs are not just for Seniors! Many include promotion of internship opportunities, and even if they don't, a job fair presents a great opportunity to network. It's also helpful to have an idea of what a job fair is like before you go to one to actually look for a job! The list below includes upcoming fairs (in bold) as well as those that have recently taken place so that students can plan for next year.
NOTE! St. Mary's is collaborating with several area colleges to host a Virtual Job Fair on April 2! Click here to learn more and register!
GENERAL JOB FAIRS
Central Maryland College Career Fair
Maryland Career Consortium (Baltimore) teams up to host this annual job fair every February. Though we are not a member of the consortium, SMCM students are welcome to attend. This year's fair will be on February 15, 2013 at Towson University, Maryland. You can review the list of employers on the web site in advance. We host a job fair "prep session" in early February to help students prepare for this event.
Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo
This consortium of Pennsylvania schools also hosts a February job fair that is open to students and alumni from other schools. Register by February 1, 2013 and attend the fair on February 13, 2013, at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville, PA. Employers offer internship and volunteer opportunities as well as part-time and full-time employment. More than 100 employers attend.
National Capital Region Job Fair
More than 65 professional and high tech companies from Virginia, Maryland and DC recruit at this event for all levels and disciplines. This year's fair will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. Advance registration is required and enables inclusion of your resume in a book distributed to attending employers.
COLLEGE-HOSTED JOB FAIRS
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins holds several career fairs each year at the Homewood Campus. This year's dates are as follows: Thursday, February 7, 2013: Spring Career Fair, and Thursday, March 7, 2013: Non-profit, Government, and Policy Career Fair.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health
The Public Health Career Fair that is going to be held on March 1, 2013. The Career Services Office of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health invites any student to attend. Last year’s fair had over 600 attendees and over 50 employers participating.
Towson will be holding a career fair on March 28, 2013. Though there is not much information available on the TU Web site, SMCM students are encouraged to attend. More information, including a list of employers, can be obtained through in the SMCM CDC. Towson also maintains a useful list of career fair opportunities offered by various organizations and schools, many of which you would be eligible to attend.
Salisbury has hosted their Fall Job Fair on September 28, 2012, at the University Center. They will be hosting a Spring Job Fair on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, and also a Summer Job Fair on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. They also will host a separate job fair for Health Human Services on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, and a Education Job Fair on Thursday, March 28, 2013. These are all held in the Wicomico Room of the University Center.
DISCIPLINE/FIELD-SPECIFIC JOB FAIRS
Southern Teacher Job Fair
Southern Teachers Agency helps teachers find jobs in private/independent schools around the South. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree to teach in a private school, but certification is not always required. Southern Teachers Job Fairs are open only to active STA candidates. The deadline to apply as a candidate for the March DC fair is March 18, 2013.
LOCAL JOB FAIRS
Tri County Job & Career Fair
The College of Southern Maryland hosts a local job fair in the PE building of their LaPlata campus in the Spring. This years will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. This job fair is open to all SMCM students. For more information and a list of attending employers see CSM's website.
Job Zone Job Fair (Local Defense Contractors)
This job fair sponsored by Pax River Naval Air Station. This years fair will occur on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 and Thursday, January 17, 2013 as well as Tuesday, April 16, 2013 and Tuesday, August 24, 2013. Participating companies generally include local defense contractors (though many have positions in other locations as well) and the Navy. Similar job fairs are offered in Virginia (see web site). This fair presents useful opportunities for new graduates majoring in economics, math, physics, and computer science in particular.
JOB FAIRS FOR SPECIAL GROUPS
Career Expo for People with Disabilities
These career fairs, hosted by Careers and the disabled magazine, are for entry-level college graduates, professionals, and returning veterans with disabilities. Participating employers include Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, among others. The next DC job fair will be on March 25, 2013. Preregistration required