Students talk to a trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety at the 2011 Criminal Justice Career Fair.
“You will have a chance to make contacts and talk about employment with companies that are looking to hire Criminal Justice majors,” said Mitch Parker of Sam Houston State University Career Services, who is organizing the event.
The Criminal Justice Career Fair will be held on March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Lowman Student Center.
The Career Fair allows graduates, students and alumni to meet recruiters for job and internship opportunities. Among those who attend the annual event are federal agencies like the FBI; police agencies like the Houston Police Department; victim service groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving; and private corporations like Target. Last year, 41 agencies participated in the job fair, which attracted 400 students and alumni.
“Additionally, over the last two years of our career fair, the employers have set up interviews with several hundred of our students who they met at the fair,” said Dr. Holly Miller, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs. “This is a great opportunity for our graduating undergraduates to make a good impression and obtain contacts and interviews!”
It is important to dress professionally to meet prospective employers at the Career Fair. To capitalize on the opportunity, it is important to dress professionally, bring copies of your resume and do research on companies before attending the event.
“The Career Fair provides a controlled environment where people come and give you information about jobs," said David Miniel, who participated in last year’s fair. "When you’re getting ready to graduate, it’s really helpful. You don’t have to go out and find all these places. It’s a great opportunity for everybody."
Parker said students should prepare a 30-second “commercial” to leave a lasting impression on recruiters. The presentation should include your name and your degree, including any relevant minor areas of study, as well as internships and what duties you performed during the internship. You also can mention job experience as well as any unique skills or services you provided in the position. End your commercial by saying “After visiting [Name of Police Department’s] website, I’m very interested in learning more about your department and the application process,” Parker said.
To help prepare students for the upcoming event, the Real Talk w/CJ on Feb. 27 will provide a workshop on resumes and interviewing skills. Internship Coordinator Dr. Jim Dozier will talk about new job opportunities opening up in 2012 and ways to put your best foot forward in the interview process. Michelle Meers of SHSU Career Services also will discuss the latest trends in resumes and applying for job, including online applications, applicant tracking software and social media reviews.
A total of 41 agencies were represented at last year's Criminal Justice Career Fair. Among the preliminary list of those attending are:
- Police Departments: Beaumont, Belton, Carrollton, Bryan, College Station, Columbia, Houston, Irving, San Antonio
- Sheriff's Offices: Travis County, Montgomery County
- State Law Enforcement: Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Parks & Wildlife
- Federal Agencies: FBI, Federal Air Marshal Service, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
- Military: Marine Corps
- Victim Services: MADD
- Private Security: Photofax, Target
- Other: Center for Advanced Legal Studies