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Business EXPO

If you are an employer looking to source early career business talent, and/or experienced graduate level business students, then attending our Business EXPO definitely needs to be part of your recruiting strategy. These events are hosted each semester and typically attract over 100 employers from all sectors and over 1000 students from all majors and programs. See below for details about recent and upcoming events.

Fall 2018 Business Expo

Sept. 19, 2018

It's time to register for the Fall 2018 Business EXPO! 

  • Register on Handshake so students will see you are attending!
  • Register on Eventbrite to select your booth location!

 

 What to Do/Expect as an Employer

Initial Registration

Registration is a two step process. 

  1. Be sure you're registered in Handshake, USC's job board and recruiting system. If you are new to Handshake, it takes approximately 48-72 hours to get approved. For more information, you can see our Handshake fact sheet.
  2. Pay for your table in Eventbrite. If you haven't paid, your table is not reserved. 

If you do not complete the first step, students will not be able to see what positions you have available. If you do not complete the second step, you will not have a table.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Marshá at 803-777-5042 or dawn.marsha@moore.sc.edu

Event Location

The event will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St. 
Columbia, SC 29201

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Posting Jobs

You must visit Handshake to enter available positions. For all postings, there is an approval process which takes 24-72 hours. We strongly encourage you to post well in advance of the event to give students time to research the positions. 

You can view our Handshake registration flyer if you are new to the system. 

If you need more information on posting jobs, you can view our Handshake job posting flyer.

Hotel Information

You can find a number of hotels in the area by visiting the University of South Carolina's Explore Columbia page. 

Shipping Your Materials

Materials should not be sent to the Moore School. Please use the address below to ship materials. All materials must arrive by September 13. 

Shipping Address:
PRX Exposition Services
196A Shop Grove Dr.
Columbia, SC 29209
c/o DSMB/Fall Business Expo
Your Company Name

General Info on Parking, Lunch, etc. 

Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Check-in time:  Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Parking: You may park in the open lot directly next to the Convention Center. Or at the Park Street City Garage (corner of Park and Pendleton Streets and a block from the Convention Center). Passes will be provided at the registration table. Due to limited spaces, we highly encourage carpooling. Please do not park in other areas as this may result in a ticket or towing.

Lunch:  to maximize your time with our students, lunch will be available between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Directions:  https://www.columbiaconventioncenter.com/parking-directions

Breaking Down

Please have all items broken down and prepared for shipping by 4:00pm on the day of EXPO. This allows our display company to pick up your items and for you to set up for interviews the next day. 

Leave your items to ship at your table. To ensure shipment, you MUST complete the form left on your table. Employers are responsible for preparing items for shipment. You must have the shipment label and shipment form completed. 

Interviewing Students

We will have a few tables open in an adjacent room for interviews. Tables will be first come, first serve. 

Interviews may also be set up for the following day. To do so,  you must purchase an interview booth within your registration in Eventbrite, our external payment site. To return to campus to interview, please make the request in Handshake. Barbie Smrekar, in USC's main Career CEnter, will work directly with you on your schedule. 

Can Other Majors Attend?

 No, this event is exclusively for business majors. 


Tips and Prep for Students

Research the Companies

The number one suggestion received from employers is that students need to research each company they wish to meet prior to approaching a fair table. Do not ask recruiters what positions they have open, or what they can do for you. Know the company’s mission and cultural values, and which positions are open by viewing Handshake or their careers website. The more informed you are, the better your chances are of promoting your abilities and securing an interview.

Find a list of companies and who they're looking for and see where they are on the map (coming soon) before the day of EXPO.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management (OCM). 803-777-0149.

Prepare Yourself 

Prepare! Do not wait until the last minute- coaching appointment availability will be limited as the event date draws closer (prepare for longer than normal wait times). Visit Blackboard to find your major-specific career coach's contact information so you can make an appointment. You can also walk in to the Office of Career Management Monday through Thursday from 1:00 until 3:00.

Visit the Office of Career Management (OCM) at least 3 weeks prior to better prepare yourself, your resume, and your pitch.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management (OCM). 803-777-0149.

Practice Your Pitch

You have 30 seconds to tell the employer how you can add value to their organization and how  your qualifications fit their hiring needs. Do your research, practice in the mirror, practice with a friend, and stop by the Office of Career Management for guidance on crafting the perfect pitch. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management (OCM). 803-777-0149.

Looks Matter: Dress to Impress

First impressions last!

Ladies: Wear dress slacks or a skirt that falls at or below the knee, paired with a suit jacket and a dress shirt or blouse. Make sure your hair isn't covering your nametag. Tight fitting or low cut clothing is not considered professional.

Gents: Wear a dark suit, iron your shirt and slacks, wear a tie, nice shoes, and make sure your hair is nicely groomed. If you don't have a suit, a dark sports coat and slacks will do. 

Modest dress is best for networking events. If you have questions, contact one of our career coaches in the Office of Career Management at 803-777-0149.

If you would like to borrow professional attire in lieu of making a purchase for the event, you may contact Carolina Closet to book an appointment. 

Your EXPO Checklist

Here are a few suggestions on what to bring with you on the day of EXPO:

  • Several copies of your resume on resume paper. 
  • A padfolio to take notes in
  • A professional bag
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A smile and lots of confidence 
Be Confident

We know you'll be nervous, and so do the employers. That's okay. Just make sure you speak loudly enough to be heard, clearly enough to be understood and eloquently enough to show off how awesome you are. 

Approach the recruiter, shake their hand firmly (no weak wrists, or sweaty palms), give them your 30-second pitch, maintain eye contact, and make sure to ask questions that show you have researched the company and the position.  

MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS ON SILENT OR VIBRATE and out of sight during all discussions with recruiters. 

Pro Tip: Make a practice run with one of your peers or with the Office of Career Management staff. You can reach the OCM at 803-777-0149.

Follow Up

Make sure you close your pitch by asking the recruiter the best way to follow up and when to do it. Most importantly, follow their directions. Request contact information if it's available, or find it on LinkedIn or the company web site. It's YOUR responsibility to find the information. 

After leaving the table, take a moment to jot down a few key things you learned to include in your follow up email. 

If you forget to ask, the best practice is, within 48 hours, to send a short email that thanks them for speaking with you at the event, expresses enthusiasm for the position, and asks about next steps in the hiring process.