How to Make the Most of USF’s CareerWeek

USF will be holding CareerWeek from March 18-22, 2019, and it’s open to all alumni and students! The week is packed with events to connect alumni and students to possible employers. Maribeth Hearn, director of USF’s Career Success Center, gives the below tips on how best to prepare and take advantage of all the week has to offer.

First Things First: Sign Up for Career Week

The first step to making the most out of USF’s CareerWeek is to stop into the Career Success Center to sign up and learn more about the activities happening during the week, or visit the sign-up page. Activities will include breakfasts, lunch-and-learns, networking events and career fairs for each college. Sign up for what interests you.

Research the Participating Companies

Once you have signed up, research the companies that will be participating. Visit the websites of the firms, and look the companies up on LinkedIn to see what connections you may have there. You should also visit the social media profiles of the organizations and Google them to see if there is any relevant information you should know.

Have Your Resume Reviewed

We encourage you to have your resume reviewed a few weeks before the event so that you have the appropriate amount of time to update it and get copies made. Students and alumni are encouraged to come to the CareerWeek events and fairs prepared to talk with potential employers. We encourage one-page resumes for all majors and degrees (except education), and each job type you plan to apply for should have a unique resume. For example, a candidate looking at both a home health nursing job and a hospital nursing job will have two resumes that speak to each audience. You may be reading this and thinking “that is more work.” It is. It pays off.  It will save you time in the job search.

Dress for Success

Put together what you want to wear in advance and try it all on. Make sure you feel confident in what you are wearing. Keep perfume or cologne to a minimum—this is not an Axe body spray commercial. Make sure you have no stains or tattered clothing on. Items should be clean and free from wrinkles. For women, keep accessories and makeup simple. If you carry a purse, be sure it is organized for a good impression. For all, if you carry a padfolio, please make sure the papers fit neatly into it.

Plan Ahead but Keep an Open Mind

Plan out which companies you will visit at the career fair but also keep an open mind. Specifically, stop and talk to any table that piques your interest. We have heard from many students who landed jobs at companies they initially were not considering. When you meet an employer, shake her or his hand firmly and make eye contact. Introduce yourself with confidence. Be mindful. What I mean here is to be sure to give proper attention to the conversation you are having – stay in the moment and do not let your eyes wander off. Be sure to get the name of the person you met. Send a LinkedIn invite after the event.

Breathe. You’ve got this!

Remember, if you have taken the intentional steps to do your homework and plan your activities, your confidence will be boosted and you will come across stronger than others. With any questions, stop into the Career Success Center on the second floor of Tower Hall.


Maribeth Hearn is Director of USF’s Career Success Center. She holds a bachelor’s in Spanish Business & Translation from Northern Illinois University and is a Gallup Certified Strengths and DDI Leadership Coach. Already an MBA, Hearn now is at work on her Doctor of Education degree at USF. Twenty years of award-winning business leadership and 10+ years as an adjunct professor have equipped Hearn as a strategic thinker and effective leader adept at talent sourcing – from resume reviews and mock interview preparation, to LinkedIn strategy and personal branding, developing business/community partnerships and internship development. Hearn is a member of National Association of Colleges and Employers, a past president of the Professional Women’s Network and on the board of the Senior Services of Will County.