Events

 Special Note to Employers: All career fair registrations will be done through Handshake. You will need to create an account if you have not done so already. You can visit murraystate.joinhandshake.com to create your account. If you need any assistance, please reach out to our Employer Relations Coordinator, Travis Plunkett, at tplunkett@murraystate.edu or 270.809.3117. 
 
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Hire -A-Racer - TBD

The Hire-A-Racer Part-Time Job Fair is a great event for students looking for a part-time job either on- or off-campus.

Date & Time: Stayed tuned for more details!

Location: TBD

Event Link for Students: Stay tuned!

Event Link for Employers: Stay tuned!

JCPenney Suit-Up Event - Stay tuned for Spring 2021 Details!

Date & Time: TBD

Location: TBD

All students, faculty, staff, alumni are welcome! 

Stay tuned for more details regarding this event! 

Career & Grad School Connection Expo - Tuesday, September 29 (Virtual)

STEM/OSH Online Career Expo - Wednesday, September 30 (Virtual)

Agriculture Career Fair - Wednesday, October 14 (Virtual)

Teacher Career Fair - Friday, November 13 (Virtual)

Students - Volunteer for the Career Fairs! (Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)

Our Career Fairs keep getting bigger and bigger and we need YOUR help!

Volunteering not only helps Murray State and your fellow Racers, it's also an excellent way to network with employers before, during and after the Career Fair!

Some of the things we need help with include: 
-Curbside check-in
-Employer registration
-Student registration
-Clean-up


In exchange for your service, we'll have a FREE gift for you and will assist you in putting this experience on your resume!

 

(Business Casual or above dress is required!)

Career Services Events FAQ

Who may attend?

Career Services invites all students, regardless of classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student), and alumni to attend every available and applicable Career Fair. Career fairs are an excellent opportunity to network for internships and future employment! Prior to entering a career event, students and alumni are required to register/sign-in at the registration table. Participants are provided name tags that identify classification and major.

Should freshmen, sophomores or juniors attend? Isn't it for seniors?

Career fairs are a vital component to help people achieve their professional goals. Career fairs can provide valuable opportunities to explore different careers and seek employment, whether a full-time position or internship. There are many reasons to attend a career fair:

  • Access to recruiters from a wide array of companies and industries in one location.
  • Find out about available job openings and submit résumés in person.
  • Explore different, and even discover new, career options and possible future areas of employment.
  • Identify “what it takes” to land the job at various companies – what education, background, skills, and/or coursework is needed to succeed in a field or at a particular company.
  • Practice interview and networking skills.
  • Gain job searching advice from the recruiters who hire college graduates.
  • Develop a network of business contacts.
  • Learn about different industries.

What can I do to prepare?

Review the Career Fair Preparation Tip Sheet. In general, research the companies scheduled to attend; prepare a list of questions to ask; and create a general résumé that’s appropriate for the full range of positions.

What should I wear?

Business Professional: First impressions matter and you increase your confidence and gain positive attention of potential employers by dressing in appropriately and professionally!

  • Women: Skirt suit (knee length, at least) and blouse or pants suit and blouse; closed toed dress shoes; no more than seven (7) pieces of jewelry (only 1 piece of jewelry per each ear, wrist, hand and neck).
  • Men: Suit and tie: long sleeved dress shirt (preferably white), tie, dress pants, jacket; dress shoes.
  • Not allowed: Jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or sneakers
  • Additional considerations: Tattoos and body piercing should be covered. Remove facial piercings. Hair should be neatly styled away from the face, beards/mustaches trimmed and makeup kept to a minimal.

How do I make a good impression?

  • Print your résumé on quality paper and don’t staple to other documents.
  • Bring a portfolio to hold your résumé, pen, paper and any support documents you have as well as has a slot for business cards.
  • Have your schedule available in case you have the chance to set up an interview.
  • Create and bring a list of companies that interest you most.
  • Keep breath-mints on-hand to help counteract dry mouth and bad breath.
  • When greeting recruiters:
    • Make eye contact, smile, introduce yourself and offer a firm handshake.
    • Be personable; keep the conversation light and comfortable.
    • Be prepared to present a brief statement about your skills, talents, and abilities, career goals, and why you’re interested in the company.
    • Ask thoughtful questions specific to the company or industry.
    • Leave a copy of your résumé and request a business card from the recruiter so you can follow up with him or her later.
    • Thank the recruiter for his or her time and for considering your résumé. Let recruiters know you enjoyed speaking with them and that you will be in touch.

How do I follow-up after the event?

Send a professional email reiterating your interest in the position and providing a digital version of your resume within 24 hours, preferably, that evening. Follow-up with a handwritten note (or typed if your handwriting is difficult to read) within 48 hours. Remember that both forms of communication should be professional, void of grammatical and spelling errors. You want to thank the recruiter for his or her time, reiterate your interest in the position and company and offer to meet with the recruiter to further discuss your qualifications.

Office Hours
Fall & Spring: Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Summer: Monday – Friday | 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Walk-In Appointment Hours
Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Summer: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Walk-In Appointments Available: Resumes, Cover Letters, & Basic Questions
Scheduled Appointments
Please schedule appointments on murraystate.joinhandshake.com or call us at 270.809.3735.
Scheduled Appointments are required for Major/Minor Counseling, Career Assessments, & Mock Interviews. 
 
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