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E2 Employment Expo

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street, Chicago 

E2 is not a career fair. At a fair, you dress up, "sell" yourself to an employer, and cross your fingers to get a job - without much time to do so. But not at E2. Here we remove the uncomfortable barriers of job searching and make it easy for job candidates and employers to connect. With our warm, business casual environment, employers and candidates have many opportunities to mix and mingle in a number of networking activities made just for this moment. You'll hear from hiring professionals on how to put your best foot forward and get plenty of practice doing just that. So when that big moment comes, you're ready! We help you bring out your best when it really matters. E2 – it truly is MORE than ties and tables!

Event Agenda

2 - 3:30 p.m.     Videotaping of Hiring Companies—for employers only

2 - 3:30 p.m.     Breakout Sessions:
                         Step-Up and Stand-Out—for job candidates
                         Employer Exchange - for employers only                         

3:30–5 p.m.       Networking Mixer (sponsored by Alumni Relations) —all attendees

4:30–6 p.m.       Headshot Photos— job candidates only

5:30–7 p.m.       Career Fair—all attendees

Event Descriptions

Videotaping of Hiring Companies — employers only
Want more traffic at your table during the career fair later today? Increase the number of candidates that visit your table by recording a quick commercial. We'll give you 15 seconds to make a pitch that will awe the very best candidates at today's Networking Mixer.

Step-Up and Stand-Out Breakout Session — job candidates
How will you stand out to recruiters? Don't worry. We have you covered. Find out what you need to do to connect with employers and get tips from savvy professionals on how to market yourself to the recruiters  you'll meet today.

Employer Exchange - employers only
Participate in a casual idea exchange with fellow recruiters on hot topics and best practices in hiring and recruiting today.

Networking Mixer (sponsored by Alumni Relations)— all attendees
Our networking mixer eliminates the need for hurried, awkward conversations. Hiring employers and Illinois State candidates have a chance to mingle over refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Headshot Photos — job candidates only
Get rid of the selfie you've been tagging to your friends. Today, get a free professional headshot to use on your LinkedIn account or other social media profiles. Photos will be posted on Flickr after the event for you to grab at your convenience.

Career Fair — all attendees
This is it! You've heard from the experts, rubbed elbows, and now have the chance to make the close. Ready your resumes, business cards, portfolios, and anything else you'll need, because it all comes down to this!

Post Event Information

  • Learn more about employers who attended the event and what qualities they are seeking in candidates. View the employer video  to be posted by Thursday, May 29th.
  • Candidate headshot photos are now available through Flickr. This link will be posted here until June 20th. To get your photo, click on your thumbnail to enlarge the photo. Then, click on the icon on the right with three dots in a row. Click on that icon and choose "download all sizes" from the dropdown menu. Choose the original and then click the download button to load to your computer.
  • Questions about E2 - contact Career Center Events

Quick Tips for Candidate Attendees

Got stage fright? That's alright. Here are a few minute last minute tips on what to do during the day's events.

  1. Dress casual, but not as if you're heading to the beach. Leave the jeans and shorts at home. You'll be most comfortable mixing with others if you're wearing a polo or button-down shirt or blouse with a pair of dress pants. But please, no sneakers or flip-flops!
  2. Construct an effective resume. Then visit the Career Center for a resume critique and other helpful pointers on creating a resume before attending the event. Check out the Career Resource Guide for helpful tips on networking, developing a 30-second summary of your professional skills, experience, interests, and more.
  3. Do your research. Check out the list of employers coming to E2 so far and visit their website. NOTE: employers continue to register. So check back often for the current list of attendees. In this way, you'll know who you want to connect with and have little background information to strike up a decent conversation.

Learn more. Read the Illinois State stories article about E2. Get a snapshot of what's to come by watching the short E2 video.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program, contact the Career Center. Please allow sufficient time to arrange for the accommodation.



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