APU Talent Connect Reimagines the Career Fair Experience

by Abigail Reed

Students gather to listen to networking tips, a camera flashes as a photographer takes professional headshots, and dozens of companies and organizations share information with alumni and students of all ages—the Azusa Pacific University Talent Connect event reimagines the career fair experience by providing professional support and guidance alongside rich opportunities to make connections with potential employers. Held in Upper Turner Campus Center on February 12, from 4-7 p.m., this unique experience is open to APU undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. Those interested can register through their personal APU handshake account.

“Even if you do not walk away with a job, Talent Connect is a valuable learning and networking experience,” said Nicholas Black, special projects coordinator for the Center for Career and Calling. “We are committed to providing a space for students and alumni to gain training, support, and confidence to connect with organizations and companies around the nation.”

Interested in attending? Follow the tips below to make the most of your Talent Connect experience.

1. Arrive professionally dressed with resume in hand.

First impressions matter. Professional dress, along with multiple printed resumes, will present you as a well-prepared and qualified candidate to hiring companies and organizations, whether a summer camp, internship with a local church, or full-time position with an international business. In addition, professional attire will prepare you for potential on-site interviews.

2. Research companies and organizations before networking.

Among the 51 represented companies and organizations are the Alhambra Police Department, Berkley, a logistics company recently ranked the fastest growing private company in Los Angeles by the LA Business journal, and World Vision International, a Christian non-profit dedicated to serving others around the world. There are opportunities for every area of study and interest. To see the full list, as well as descriptions and available positions, visit the Talent Connect page through your handshake portal.

Investigating companies and organizations beforehand will build a mindset aligned with their professional goals and areas of work, preparing you for meaningful conversations and potential interviews for future career opportunities. In addition, research should help you build a list of questions for possible employers ahead of time, allowing you to glean more information and make the most use of your time at Talent Connect.

3. Arrive on time to explore additional resources and support offered.

Need a new LinkedIn profile photo or feeling nervous about approaching hiring companies? APU Talent Connect features “The Hub,” a space designed to provide practical information and tools to prepare for the networking event.

The Hub will include a professional headshot booth and photographer, complete with mirrors to make final changes to hair or outfits. IPad stations allow students to conduct additional research, exploring the companies and organizations attending the fair. The Hub will also distribute information on professional demeanor and networking tips, bolstering confidence and giving guidance before exploring the dozens of booths filling the room.

For more information, contact APU’s Center for Career and Calling at (626) 815-2103 or career@apu.edu.

Abigail Reed is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a liberal studies major with an honors humanities minor.