Employer Advice for Career Readiness

Posted: October 6, 2016 at 1:53 pm, Last Updated: October 6, 2016 at 7:49 pm

career-fairGeorge Mason University’s Fall 2016 Career Fair was held October 5th and 6th, bringing over 100 employers and recruiters to the Fairfax campus each day. These employers are looking for the best and brightest that Mason has to offer, and the students who attend try their best to make a good impression. But many students are new to the professional world and may not be aware of the specific things that employers look for when evaluating potential hires.

Rodger Smith’s COMM 148 (Radio Workshop I) students interviewed employers who were recruiting at this semester’s Career Fair to get the inside scoop on successful strategies that can help you stand out from the competition and land a job. Listen to the brief interviews below for tips and tricks on everything from resumes (keep it simple), appearance (dress for the job you want), eye contact (coveys strength and focus), preparation (research the company in advance), and the all-important first handshake (firm and confident).

Khafre Barclift interviews Dennis Favilla of Sheehy:

Rodger Smith interviews Beth Wright of Enterprise:

Zach Hamilton interviews Emma Rutka (2012 alumna, Interpersonal Communication) of PenFed:

Rosemary Idisi interviews John Taber of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

Write to Jason Hartsel at jhartsel@gmu.edu