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Career Fest

Campus Life Careers and Advising Professional Development Special Events Student Life


September 08, 2021 - October 06, 2021


11:00 AM - 3:00 PM




Get ready for the Dakota State University Career & Internship Fair!  Take advantage of the Career Fest events leading up to the Fair!

Career Fest Agenda

Handshake WorkshopWednesday, September 8th, 12:00 – 12:50, Beacom #112

Learn how to build a robust Handshake profile, how to use Handshake, about the resources available, and how to find employers.  We will also research the companies that will be attending the Career & Internship Fair.

Google’s Virtual Session on Writing a Resume – Monday, September 13th, Virtual, 12:00 -12:50

DSU alumnus Timothy James from Google will be sharing tips on how to write a resume that will catch the attention of employers. The content will be focused on the tech industry (which hits all our degrees), but much of the advice applies to writing a resume for any purpose. Expect to hear practical advice on what to include (and just as importantly, what not to include) on your resume.  Register to attend and use this link to join the session Join the Session

JCPenney Suit-Up Event (Men and Women) – Sunday, September 19th, Sioux Falls,  11:00 – 3:00

It can feel overwhelming to shop for professional wear.  Come get help from JCPenney professionals.  JCPenney will help DSU students and alumni find the perfect interview outfit with savings of up to 60%!

Google’s Virtual Session on Networking, Developing Job Skills & InterviewingMonday, September 20th, Virtual, 12:00 – 12:50

DSU alumnus Timothy James will be sharing advice on building your job skills, networking with other professionals, finding new job opportunities, and preparing for technical interviews. He will talk about how to approach career fairs, too. Helpful articles will be shared. Register to attend and use this link to join the session Join the Session

Navigating the Career & Internship FairWednesday, September 22nd, Madlabs #112, 12:00 – 12:50

Enhance your understanding of the Career & Internship Fair and its purpose.  You will learn how to highlight your strengths and make a strong first impression. The event promises to provide tips, advice, and answer questions that will help you prepare to talk with employer representatives.  We will also cover important logistics to help with a smooth productive Fair. 

Internship WorkshopWednesday, September 29th, Mundt Library #201, 12:00 – 12:50

Join Kelly Greene, Dr. Deb Tech, and Associate Professor Joe Ren to talk about Internships!  There are many reasons to complete an internship, such as, apply your Education in a work setting, Gain Experience and Increase your Marketability, Network, Learn from Others, Build your Resume, and much more!  Come learn the in’s and out’s of finding and completing internships.

Dress for Success Suiting Event for WomenThursday, September 30th, Sioux Falls, 3:00 – 7:00

We want you to feel your best when visiting with employers.  Dress for Success volunteers will work with you to help you choose an interview outfit that is completely free of charge!  *Contact Career & Professional Development for the registration.

Resume ReviewsSeptember 1st – October 1st

Set up your appointment through Handshake at https://dsu.joinhandshake.com/

  • How does the resume look at a 15-second glance?
  • Does the formatting work to guide your eye to key content?
  • What parts of the resume stand out? (Headings? Job titles? Keywords?)

Polish your final product. Take this chance to have Career Advisors critique your resume and give you suggestions on how to improve it. 

Print your Resume anytime, stop in the Career & Professional Office for resume paper and print.

Order your DSU Business Cards – Now, https://dsu.wufoo.com/forms/dsu-student-business-card-request/
Dakota State students may order business cards in quantities of 50 ($5) or 100 ($10). We also accommodate custom orders beyond our standard quantities. The standard business card size is 2 x 3.5, printed on high-quality cover stock.

Career & Internship FairWednesday, October 6th, 11:00 – 3:00, DSU Fieldhouse

Free Professional Photoshoot during the fair. Your photo can be used for Handshake, LinkedIn, and other career management sites.

Register for all events through your Handshake account.

Register through Handshake account