College of Health Sciences
Career Fair & Assistive Technology Expo

Plans are underway for the 2015 CHS Career Fair. If you have any questions or, if you are a health care provider and would like to participate, please contact
Joe Maddalena, CHS Development Director, at (414) 229-6247 or maddalen@uwm.edu.

The College’s third annual career fair held on April 3rd offered over 125 students and alumni the chance to meet with many of Milwaukee’s leading health care organizations.

The CHS and its Alumni Chapter sponsor the event as a service to students looking to begin a career in health care and to CHS alumni who might want to explore other fields in health care.

Andrew Lange, president of the CHS Chapter of the Alumni Association, said, "With the support of many volunteers and UWM staff, we have succeeded in providing another high value vehicle to keep UWM students, alumni and faculty connected with some of our State's top employers."

Careers for which CHS students are being prepared, from athletic training to sonography, are highly sought after by the health care industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for CHS graduates will remain in the double digits for the foreseeable future.

A new feature this year was the Assistive Technology Expo. Representatives from local and national companies were on hand to demonstrate different assistive technology devices. One interesting example of a device was an Accessible GPS by E.M. Vitu, Inc. Designed for the visually impaired, the GPS can be controlled by one hand, as it verbally says street names, intersections and landmarks, while the individual is walking.

Hanna Paul, a CHS B.S./M.S. occupational therapy student, said, “As an OT student, I found the Expo to be quite unique and educational. The hands-on opportunities were really helpful, plus I was able to speak directly with different specialists about their company and their products.”

Attending a career fair is a wonderful opportunity to be seen and to meet with recruiters and potential employers. It’s a great way to gain information about available positions and companies in general.

To the right are 5 tips on how to stand out and make the most of career fairs!

  • TIP ONE: Resumes - Have multiple copies of your resume handy. For example, carry your resumes in a 2-pocket folder. Having a folder will allow you to store and organize company brochures more efficiently and show off your organizational skills.

  • TIP TWO: First Impressions - In addition to wearing professional attire, you should also treat every meet-and-greet with potential employers with a confident and firm handshake followed by “Hi, my name is...”

  • TIP THREE: Take Notes - Bring a small notepad and have 1 or 2 questions ready for recruiters. Jot down key words that stand out from their answers. This shows your enthusiasm.

  • TIP FOUR: Make conversations count at career fairs - While standing in the line for your top companies, nonchalantly listen to the questions that the recruiters are asking the candidates ahead of you. This can help you ask new questions or prepare different answers.

  • TIP FIVE: Focus on Follow-Up - At the end of each conversation, ask recruiters what the next step in the process might be. Remember… each conversation resembles an informal interview. Ask for business cards and send the recruiter a thank you letter using the notes you took as a reference point within one to three days of the career fair.

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