College of Agriculture Career Fairs
The College of Agriculture hosts a career fair every fall and spring semester. Over 150 companies attend the fall career fair, providing students and alumni with the opportunity to learn about their organizations, submit resumes and interview for permanent or internship positions. The Career Fair is not just for graduating seniors, it is also for first year students, sophomores and juniors who are exploring career paths or internship opportunities. The Career Fair is a great way to explore careers, pick-up company information, ask questions, and network with future employers.
In the FALL, the day before the Career Fair, mark your calendars to attend the Resume Blitz held in AGAD 121, the Student Commons. Company representatives will be on hand to critique your resume. The evening prior to the Fall Career Fair, we host an Employer Panel Networking Session. Recruiters disclose important information about attending the Career Fair and make you more marketable.
FALL 2017 RESUME BLITZ - SEE EMPLOYERS PLANNING TO ATTEND TO REVIEW YOUR RESUMES!! MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017, FROM 11 AM TO 3:00 PM IN THE AG ADMINISTRATION BUILDING (AGAD) 121.
FALL 2017 EMPLOYER NETWORKING SESSION - SEE THE LIST OF 30 COMPANIES ATTENDING THE EMPLOYER NETWORKING SESSION. COME TO THIS INFORMAL SESSION TO NETWORK BEFORE THE CAREEER FAIR. MEET IN PFENDLER HALL (PFEN) 241, MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017, FROM 5:30 PM TO 7:00 PM.
College of Agriculture Career Fairs
- College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair - Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Cordova Recreational Sports Center.
- College of Agriculture Spring Career Fair - Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Cordova Recreational Sports Center.
Purdue Career Fairs
Various organizations at Purdue University host more than 20 career fairs every academic year. The variety of fairs provides employers with a great opportunity to target students with specific skills and academic backgrounds. The Center for Career opportunities posts the most recent career fair dates and contact information. To view upcoming career fairs please click here.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cordova Recreational Sports Center
Welcome students! Mark your calendars and plan to attend! The fair is open to all students and alums at Purdue and Ivy Tech.
The Career Fair is not just for graduating students, it is for freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are exploring career paths or internship opportunities. The Career Fair is a great way to explore careers, pick-up company information and network with future employers and ask questions. The only person who can get you a job or an internship is you. Attend the Career Fair on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
- College of Agriculture Fall 2017 Career Fair -check booklet for hiring needs and companies attending the fair. Coming in September, 2017.
Remember to upload your resume in CCO for the companies to view.
PURDUE AG STUDENTS AND GRADUATES FEATURED SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AND FULL TIME POSITIONS
FOUND THROUGH THE PURDUE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE CAREER FAIRS!!!
Week 5 - September 25, 2017 Featured Spotlights
BAILEE COOK, Sophomore, majoring in Agribusiness, with a concentration in Agribusiness Management, from Walkerton, IN-
"I discovered my internship as a Seed Production Intern this summer with Monsanto by accident. A a freshman, I was at the at the career fair practicing my elevator pitch on companies that I had no intentions of working for, when Monsanto offered me an interview slot for the following day. This interview slot lead to a position at the "See Corn Capital of the World" working for one of the most widely known companies in America, Monsanto. This summer opened my eyes to a whole new door full of career research, scheduled volunteer crews, toured with our company agronomist, an presented to corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. This internship reshaped my perspective of the Ag industry and as a result I have changed my major to further pursue this career path."
KYLIE ECHARD, Senior, majoring in Agribusiness, with a concentration in Agricultural Economics, and a second major in Agronomy with a concentration in Agronomic Business and Marketing, plus working on an Entrepreneurship Certificate, from Wabash, IN -
"This summer I interned for Monsanto Company as a Field Sales Intern. This was my second summer internship with Monsanto so I actually found out about them 2 years ago and interviewed with them at the Agriculture Career Fair. I was placed in northeast Iowa and my main focus was to help launch a new product through following its performance, capturing testimonials and getting the information to customers. I also did other day-day-activities of a salesperson for Monsanto as I worked directly under District Sales Managers. One of my favorite things about my internships has been meeting new people and building relations. I had a great experience and learned a lot this summer working for Monsanto."
NICHOLAS THOMPSON, Senior, majoring in Agronomy, with a concentration in Crop and Soil Management, from Warren, IN -
"During the 2016 agriculture career fair I searched for an agronomic sales position with a major company. I was interested in companies like Pioneer, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, etc. When I poke to the Bayer recruiter I had a great conversation which led to him placing my resume in a folder. He said that he really liked me and that I was qualified. When he said that he would pass my information along, I thought it meant that was a dead end. Several weeks later I received an email from a Bayer representative that an agronomic sale position was available for the state of Indiana and that I should apply. I did and after an application, phone interview, and in person interview I received the position. For the 2017 Summer I represented Bayer CropScience as the Heartland District (Indiana) Sales Excellence Intern.
The first Monday after finals I started, eager and nervous all at the same time. I began the summer helping the research and development team plant test plots and larger grower plots. (Photo with link below of field Nick planted.) From there I moved into a sales role assisting all of the Bayer sales team members with meetings, promotions, scouting, etc. I was meeting with retail locations to discuss changes in our products and incentives to us more products. this internship sent me to every corner of Indiana as well as to Raleigh, North Carolina where the North American headquarters is located. I couild not have picked a better internship. This position has given me everything I could ask for and then some. I owe a lot of my experience and knowledge in agriculture to my internships, all possible thanks to the agricultural career fair held every year."
SANNE VAN ROESSEL, Senior, Majoring in Agribusiness, with a concentration in Agribusiness Management, with a second major in Animal Sciences, with a concentration in Production, from Hamilton, IN -
"During the summer of 2017, I was given the privilege as serving as a Credit Intern for CoBank. I served as a Credit Intern for the Enfield, CT banking center in the Regional Agribusiness Group. As a credit intern, I was responsible for completing various credit actions, loan documents for FCE employees, completing my intern presentation project, coordinating our corporate volunteer events, and shadowing our relationship managers. During my internship, I was able to learn a lot about New England's agriculture sector and experience the various agricultural productions of this region. I was able to learn about so many unique industries ranging anywhere from seafood to timber to hops. What an experience this has been! I was able to sit in on meetings regarding Farm Credit East's Farm Start program, which promotes young, beginning and small farmers by providing affordable financial services for those just getting started with agriculture. These investments also ranged in variety and we found ourselves in some pretty unique markets!
I was also able to analyze the Northeast dairy portfolio by analyzing how dairy customers use of our financial products. I was able to provide the Enfield office with an in-depth analysis that allowed our employees to compare those results with the average dairy in the northeast. With the dairy markets currently in a downturn, it is important for our relations managers to understand which customers are above or below average and where they stand in comparison to those around them.
I absolutely adored my internship with CoBank, as well as my time spent in the Northeast. My favorite part of my internship was learning about the unique agricultural markets in the northeast and the variety of agriculture they experience. This really expanded my knowledge of the agricultural sector, as well as some of the problems agriculture is currently facing. I was able to learn so much throughout my 3 short months with CoBank. I also had the experience of traveling to CoBank's headquarters in Denver, CO, and meet the CEO, and the Executive team of the bank!"
WEEK 4 CAREER FAIR SPOTLIGHTS INCLUDING PHOTOS - SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
WEEK 3 CAREER FAIR SPOTLIGHTS INCLUDING PHOTOS - SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
WEEK 5 CAREER FAIR SPOTLIGHTS INCLUDING PHOTOS - SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Making the Most Out of the Career Fair
Clarify Your Goals!
What do you want from the Career Fair?
- To network with professionals?
- To learn more about specific employers?
- To research the demand for someone in your field?
- To make contact with a particular organization?
- Do you want to line up an on-campus interview?
- Do you want to land an internship or full-time job?
- Check the list of currently registered employers and target companies of your interest. Research organizations ahead of time.
- Review an organization's information on their website (A link to the organization's website is provided in the above attending employer list.)
- Create a list and prioritize the organizations you are most interested in and visit their booths first. Prepare questions to ask that will help you obtain the information you need, in addition to showing your knowledge of the field and interest in the industry.
Prepare your commercial - learn to sell yourself in a short amount of time.
- Decide how you will introduce yourself in 30 seconds.
- Greet the recruiter with a firm handshake stating your name, major, graduation date and why you are attending the Career Fair.
- Present your resume – bring copies of your resume detailing your education, experience, skills and campus/community activities concisely. Employers recommend visiting with a CCO staff member at their office to have your resume critiqued.
- Be prepared to briefly describe your background and what you are looking for.
- Be prepared to relate your education/experience/skills to the employer's needs.
- Rehearse your commercial with a friend or advisor.
Dress for Success
Make a positive impression.
- Business Etiquette
- Think conservative.
- Wear few/minimal accessories and perfume/cologne.
- For women: a suit - skirt with blazer; a conservative business dress or pant suit.
- For men: a suit or a button down shirt with tie, sport coat, nice slacks, shined shoes.
- **Please note - wear clothes that fit you - not too tight or too big!!!
Last Minute Tips
- Show up early! Some employers pack up and leave the fair early.
- Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour to attend the fair and speak with recruiters. Lines may be long to speak with some recruiters, so be prepared to wait.
- If you don't have 1 hour, any time is better than none.
The Main Event!
Act professionally and courteously.
- Be confident, enthusiastic and polite (remember courtesy and professionalism are expected and appreciated).
- Ask questions as needed. Base the questions on your research of the organization.
- Listen and pay attention to what the recruiter is saying. This information may benefit you greatly if you receive an interview – ask good questions.
- Do not monopolize an employer's time, know when to move on if there is a line of students waiting.
- Cover letters are not necessary when you give out your resume in person. Be prepared to give a list of references or a copy of your transcript.
- Collect business cards and ask who the contact person is.
- Make notes about what you talked about with each representative; use this information in follow-up letters.
- Send thank-you letters to employers within one week after your visit or interview.
Check List of Things to Bring
- Portfolio or large capacity folder to carry your resumes, pens, notepads, etc.
- 30-40+ copies of your resume on professional resume paper (preferably white or ivory).
- A notepad and pen for taking notes after meeting with each recruiter.
- Business Cards – It may be helpful to print business cards to present to employers. PMU Boiler CopyMaker can print business cards. Contact them for details on how they can help.
- Prepare or order a professional name badge. Name badges can be ordered through the Agribusiness Club. If interested contact Andy Oppy at email@example.com.
Questions may be directed to Sherre Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.