Events

Hospitality & Tourism Career Fair

Dates:
February 20, 2013
Times:
1:00pm — 3:00pm
Location:
Castellani Art Museum

List of Participating Employers

All students from the College of Hospitality and Tourism are invited to attend the college's annual Career Fair, sponsored by the College of Hospitality and Tourism and Career Services. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet with recruiters from various hospitality and tourism employers. It is important for all students interested in applying for an internship or full-time position to research the employer prior to attending the fair. 

Employers

On behalf of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Career Services at Niagara University, I’m pleased to invite you to be part of the exclusive group of employers in the hospitality and tourism industry who will participate in our seventh annual Hospitality and Tourism Career Fair. This event, will provide you with an excellent opportunity to recruit our highly-qualified students for internships, part-time jobs, summer jobs, and full-time positions. 

For your information, there are 450 students currently enrolled in Niagara's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, concentrating on course work in lodging, food service, tourism, or sport management. All of our students must complete 800 hours of approved industry experience to fulfill their degree requirements. The focus of our entire curriculum is on practical industry applications. 

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management is ranked in the top 20 hospitality and tourism programs in the country. We were the first in the world to offer a bachelor’s degree in tourism and the seventh accredited hospitality and tourism program in the nation. Moreover, of the 175 baccalaureate programs offered in the U.S., we have the distinction of being one of only five at the college-level status. We are a founding member of The Leading Hotel Schools of the World, publisher of The Rooms Chronicle, an industry oriented trade journal, and a provider of customized training/research through the Hospitality Training & Research Center.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our Career Fair, please see the multiple levels of support available. This is a wonderful opportunity for your organization to gain additional exposure at Niagara University. A campus map with directions to the Penrose lot is available here. We will have shuttle service available from the campus parking lots as well as student volunteers to assist with loading and unloading.

Online registration for the Hospitality and Tourism Career Fair is available as is the option to pay by credit card. The non-refundable fee for participating in this exciting career fair program is $200, which includes registration, lunch, light refreshments and display table. The fee may be paid online by credit card or, if you prefer, a check made out to Niagara University may be mailed to Career Services, Niagara University, Lower Level Seton Hall, Niagara University, NY 14109. Please also indicate when registering if you are interested in interviewing students while you are on campus. You will be contacted in advance to make arrangements. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Finamore at 716-286-8687 or kfinamore@niagara.edu. We appreciate your consideration.

Career Fair Tips for Students

Before the fair

  • Review the list of companies attending and positions being offered.
  • Conduct research on the companies attending the fair by using the library and internet resources.
  • Update and revise your resume. You may want to leave the objective out for the purpose of the fair.
  • Bring 25 copies or more of your resume.
  • Prepare a short, 30-second commercial about yourself. Introduce yourself and discuss your qualifications.
  • Dress appropriately - the safest look is traditional and conservative style. Pay attention to details.
  • Practice good grooming, iron clothes, and polish your shoes.
  • Carry a small portfolio to hold your resume and any company literature you collect.

The Dos

  • Arrive early.
  • Smile and shake hands in a confident, but not bone-crushing manner.
  • Collect business cards and company information from representatives. Write notes about your conversation.
  • Network with employers even though they may not have a potential place for your skills at that particular time.
  • Maintain good eye contact.
  • Convince the employer how your skills and qualifications fit his or her needs. You have to sell yourself!

The Don'ts

  • Don't take anyone with you who isn't looking for a job.
  • Don't take too much of the employer's time, but be sure to get good information.
  • Don't make the mistake of venting about former employers to potential new ones.
  • Don't descend upon an employer if he or she is surrounded by other job seekers. Wait for a chance to have a brief, but meaningful conversation on a one-to-one basis.
  • Don't go to the fair with unrealistic expectations.

After the fair

  • Critique your performance and review information gathered.
  • Prioritize your list of leads.
  • Follow-up with a phone call and/or thank you letter.