Student FAQs

Student FAQ's OLAPCWhen and where is the First Avenue Career Expo?

March 3, 2017 at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland.

During this time students have an opportunity to meet with organization and graduate school representatives about summer jobs, internships, full-time and graduate school opportunities.

How do I get there if I don’t go to University of Portland?

See your Career Center to find out about transportation options.

How do I know which organizations will be there?

Install the free career fair app which is the complete source for career expo information.   Click the link for your device: iOS or Android.    The app includes:

* Complete organization listing with profiles

* Filtering capability to search for the kind of opportunity you want

* Interactive floor plan (posted the week of the event) to plan your route

* Ability to take notes, mark favorites, and track which companies you visit

* Event listing for your school’s advising / prep sessions and resume workshops

* Announcements for real-time updates

* Tips section including what to wear, how to impress recruiters, and more!

You can also check the link on the sidebar for attending organizations and graduate schools. These are updated frequently as organizations register so check back often.

Will there only be “Oregon companies” at the Expo?

No. Many companies are nationwide, some worldwide. If you are interested in different locations, talk to the recruiter at the fair and find out how to learn about such opportunities.

Why isn’t ________ attending?

Over 1500 local, regional and national companies are invited to attend this event.  If you don’t see a specific one, it may be for any one of a number of reasons such as not having current openings, not typically recruiting via career fairs, or not hiring into entry-level or internship positions.  Please contact your school’s career services office for tips on how to connect with a particular organization if they are not attending.

Why should I go if my major is not represented?

1.  Most recruiters hire students for a variety of positions from many disciplines.

2. Even if you are looking for something completely different, you can still ask to be connected to the person with hiring power for the department you’re interested in.

What types of positions are at the Expo?

Full-time, entry-level positions, internships, and summer jobs. Graduate and professional schools also attend to publicize their programs.

Is this Expo only for Seniors?

No.  All undergraduate and graduate students of the OLAPC hosting schools and alumni of these schools who graduated within the past ten years.

How do I register for the Expo?

We offer online pre-registration beginning approximately 2 months before the event.  You also can register at the door on the day of the Expo. Registration and student ID proving attendance at one of the OLAPC hosting schools is needed to enter the Expo.  Alumni must pre-register.

When is the deadline for registering?

Typically pre-registration ends the week of the Expo.  You may register at the door if you miss online pre-registration.

How much is going to cost meHow much does it cost to attend?

There is no charge to attend the 2017 Expo!  Attendance includes a food/beverage voucher.

Do I need to show up exactly at the start time?

No. The expo typically runs from the morning to the afternoon. You are free to visit the expo within the times the fair is being held.

What should I bring?

Bring plenty of resumes, as well as your mobile device with the career fair app.  Make sure your resumes are copied onto resume paper. Also, bring a folder with your resumes in it. That way they’ll stay fresh and any paperwork you collect from recruiters won’t get mangled.

What should I wear?

You want to make a strong first impression. Employers are impressed by professional attire: collared shirts, ties, slacks, dress shoes, sport coats, suits, sweaters.

Career Choices OLAPCIs there any way I can prepare?

Yes! Here are three:

1.  Review the list of organizations on the app.  You can filter the list by job type, jobs available, industry and more.  Which ones interest you?  Click into their profile and their website to learn more.  That way when you speak with the recruiter you will stand out as someone who is a serious candidate. Also, have some questions prepared to ask them. Your objective is to have an intelligent, seamless, interesting conversation with the employer.

2.  Another way to prepare is to think about how you’re going to sell yourself.  The app contains a list of ways to impress the recruiters and how to create and practice an “elevator speech” –  30-60 second “commercial” about you that explains who you are, why you’re interested in the organization and what you can do for them.

Remember, employers are much more interested in what you can do for them rather than what they are going to do for you.

3.  Use the “Events” tab on the app to find a prep session or resume workshop at your campus Career Services or Career Development office.  They are happy to provide additional resources to assist you in preparing for the fair.

What should I say to employers?

Introduce yourself and tell them why you are interested in their organization. Have questions prepared beforehand that prove to them you have taken the time to research their organization.

What if the employer says the organization is not currently hiring?

Find out when they will be hiring. Keep in touch with the organization through emails or even invite the recruiter to coffee/lunch at some point after the Expo. Let him or her know that you are very interested in working with them so when an opportunity arises you will have an advantage over the other candidates.

thank youShould I send a thank you note?

Absolutely! Be sure to send thank-you and follow-up notes as needed. Such notes remind employers of your interest and enthusiasm and help them to keep you in mind. Be sure to attend any follow-up programs offered by your career center, while using the assistance of these staff in pursuing your career options.

Will there be food and drinks available?

All registered participants receive a voucher for food and/or beverage at the fair.  The concession area will be open.   The Pilot House is a dining area on campus offering a variety of foods to-go, and is just a five minute walk from the Chiles Center. There are also many food establishments within a mile of campus.