West Virginia University Career Services will provide students with an opportunity to network with regional corporate recruiters while enjoying free hors d’oeuvres and mocktails on Feb. 26.

Open to the first 150 students who RSVP on MountaineerTRAK, the event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at Bent Willey’s on Chestnut Street.

More than 30 recruiters from all over the east coast will be present, including FedBid, GEICO, KeyLogic and Target. Those who attend will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPad Mini.

The interactive workshop, specifically designed for juniors, seniors and graduate students who will be seeking internships or careers in the near future, will begin with a “mocktail party” designed to expose students to a typical social/professional networking reception. During this time, students will meet with corporate recruiters and receive feedback about their networking skills.

“If a student knows how to network, they can create more opportunities for their future,” said Adrian Ferrera, WVU career counselor. “Students only have one chance to make a first impression, and that includes their appearance, what they say and how they say it. This event will help prepare students to put their best foot forward.”

The workshop will conclude with a formal fashion show, demonstrating appropriate attire for attending career fairs, interviews and other professional events. The fashion show will highlight business casual, business professional and professional interview attire for both men and women.

“What makes this event unique is that students will receive instant feedback about their pitch instead of learning the basics and then developing and practicing it on their own,” said Sarah Glenn, assistant director at the Career Services Center. “We want our students to have an edge over other applicants by helping them become better prepared when meeting potential employers. Proper dress, behavior and manners as well as smooth communication skills are critical components of becoming truly career ready.”

For more information about the event, visit https://careerservices.wvu.edu/events/mocktail-party-fashion-show.



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