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Upcoming Events for Spring 2016


20th Annual Career Fair - Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 1:00 - 4:00p.m.
Annual Spring Career, Graduate School, Internship and Full-Time/Part-Time Job Fair. See the "Career Fair Success" tab below to learn how to make the most out of your career fair experience.

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Video Presentations

FCAS Networking Panels
Creative Wtng./Eng. Panel
Math/Science Panel
PR/Journalism Panel
Post Graduation Panel
Senior Boot Camp
Dena Davis - Grad Panel
Get Ready for the Teacher Job Search
Graduate School Series 
Life After RWU


Career Fair Success

Preparing for and Experiencing a Successful Career Fair

  • Read through and follow the tips below.
  • Research the organizations coming - remember that positions available are not always obvious by the organization name.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and dress and carry yourself with confidence.

Tips On Making The Career Fair A Success For You

  1. Know your goals. A realistic goal for attending a fair is to get an idea of what employers are looking for or to be invited for an interview at the company at a later date. Do not expect to be offered a job today.
  2. Are you dressed appropriately in business attire and wearing comfortable shoes?
  3. Use your best handshake, make eye contact and give an award-winning smile when you introduce yourself.
  4. Bring 20+ error free resumes with you; do not fold them. Use a portfolio, briefcase, or shoulder bag to hold resumes, corporate literature, and all the materials you will collect.  Your resume should have been reviewed by the Center for Career & Professional Development. If you have not made an appointment yet and attend or have graduated from RWU, please feel free to do so.
  5. Be enthusiastic! Employers identify the most important personal attribute you can bring to your first regular employment position is "Enthusiasm."  Project interest in the company.
  6. There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time you are. DON'T BE OVERWHELMED. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on benefits of the experience.
  7. Visit with employers who do not have students at their tables. Even if you have never heard of the company you might be surprised at the types of opportunities they may have.
  8. Remember to thank the person you talk to and take their business card for a formal follow up.
  9. Most of the employers will have information about their companies - feel free to take what is offered. Please don't take the information if you don't want it, politely say, "No Thank you."
  10. Employers expect to interact with students seeking job opportunities as well as those simply researching careers and organizations.
  11. Review the list of organizations who will be attending the career and internship fair, then research those employers of interest to you. Research the organization's website.
  12. Practice answering the questions: Tell Me About Yourself? What are you interested in doing after graduation? Be able to deliver a 30 second 'commercial' about yourself to an employer.
  13. Prioritize the list of employers you want to speak with and go directly to their tables. Walk up and down the aisles first looking at who is present -you don't want to miss anyone while waiting to speak with someone else or even interviewing.
  14. Be ready to make conversation and ask intelligent questions--making you a much more interesting candidate than those who ask "So. What do you guys do?"
  15. Your goal is to get a interview. If you're genuinely interested, let them know! "I am quite excited about the possibilities your company offers, and I think I have the talent to help you achieve your goals.... What do I need to do to arrange an interview?" If an interview isn't arranged immediately, don't despair.
  16. Be prepared to discuss where you want to work geographically (New York - Boston - anywhere), what you like doing, what you're looking for in a job, what your most relevant skills are.
  17. Within two weeks after the Career Fair, send a thank you note to the representatives you met and with whom you want to follow up - making sure to use contact information on the business cards you asked for at the event.


Classroom Presentations

The Center for Career & Professional Development is proud to be able to offer the following programs to the Roger Williams University community. We are happy to work with you to present to any size group, students, faculty, or staff.

Past presentations have been given in the classroom; for student organizations, clubs, and athletic teams; and for leadership training or staff development.

To schedule a presentation, or simply get more information, please email the Center for Career & Professional Development. If you do not see your topic here, please contact us to discuss your group's needs.

Programs Designed for All Students/Audiences

Service Learning at RWU - in conjunction with FSL
The philosophy of the program and the requirements for fulfilling them are discussed.  This program can be customized based on the demographics of the participants

Customized Programs
The Center for Career & Professional Development is able to design programs based on the needs of the audience. We are happy to work with a faculty member, administrator or student organization to design a program.

Educate your students about the value and process of obtaining an experiential educational opportunity.

Social Networking/Informational Interviewing
Informational interviewing is a wonderful way to meet professionals while learning about their career fields. Social Networking is a successful tool to utilize during a person's career. We can introduce these concepts to your students in this presentation. Covering LinkedIn, Facebook and more.

Cover Letter and Resume Development
Cover letters and resumes are essential tools to launch a career. Let us teach your students how.

Career Fair Success
Students have approximately 30 seconds to make a good impression at a Career Fair. We can teach them how to do it well.

Online Job Search Skills
Learn how to conduct an effective and safe job search.

The cover letter and resume have been a success. The student now has an interview!  Let us teach your students the SKILL of interviewing and follow-up. With appropriate notice, we will invite employers to join us to share their perspective on interviewing.

Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
Successful interviewing has led to multiple job offers. How do you decide? Salary is just one indicator. We will discuss benefits, cultures and career opportunities within organizations. We will also discuss how to ask for what you need and/or want during the offer stage.

Success on the Job
This program will address etiquette and cultural diversity in a work setting. Guest speakers may be included.


Past Events


Gabelli School of Business Panel & Networking Reception - Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 4:00 - 6:30p.m. A networking opportunity for students who wish to meet employers from industry. Majors include: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing and Web Development.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Construction Management & Math Career Fair, Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 1:00 - 3:30p.m. Fall career fair for students who wish to meet employers from STEM industries.

School of Justice Studies Panel & Networking Reception - Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 4:00 - 6:30p.m. A networking opportunity for students who wish to meet employers from all facets of industry including law enforcement, legal sector, cybersecurity, and human services.

College of Arts & Sciences Panel & Networking Reception - Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4:00-6:30p.m. A networking opportunity for students who wish to meet employers from a wide range of industries including art, communications, PR, english, creative writing, journalism, psychology, anthropology-sociology and history.

Please R.S.V.P. via Hawks Hunt so that you will have a printed nametag and event program waiting for you. Please research the organizations attending and attend one or all events listed to meet a wide range of employers from diverse industries. Business attire is recommended. Please bring copies of your resume. This is also a great time to practice your "30 second commercial".