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Anyone who has spent any amount of time applying for jobs in their life knows how much of a time-consuming, stressful and often soul-crushing time the application process can be. An endless series of awkward blind dates sounds more appealing than writing a series of cover letters--at least on blind dates you don't have to worry about striking the perfect balance between sounding professional and human or coming up with a list of references to hand someone at the end of the date.
Job fairs are supposed to take some of the stress out of the process. There's a lot to be said about having the opportunity to introduce yourself to future employers in real life instead of just via e-mail. There's only so much you can say in an e-mail to convince a human resources employee that you are a friendly, hardworking human being and not a desperate, job-seeking robot. (Everyone worries about this stuff, right?)
So listen up, current Chicago students-- here are a few upcoming job fairs at Chicago universities where you can practice your in-person professional skills. Make sure to dress professionally and bring copies of your resume to show off to potential employers. Fairs are open to only university students and alumni unless otherwise noted.
City of Chicago's First Government-Wide Job Fair
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Kennedy-King City College, 740 W. 63rd St.
According to a city press release, attendees will be able to apply for hundreds of jobs available with the City of Chicago and sister agencies.
Or, if you're the kind of person that would rather not leave the house for this type of thing, relax, there is such a thing as virtual career fair.
Big East Career Fair
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 14
Find information at http://depaul.experience.com/stu/cf_details?fhnd=5981. DePaul University and other Big East Consortium schools are participating.
And for those of you that like to schedule your career fairs a few months in advance:
Northwestern University Winter Job & Internship Fair
Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 15, Norris University Center, 2nd Floor , 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston.
University of Chicago Career and Internship Fair
Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, University of Chicago, exact location TBA.
DePaul Winter Internship Fair
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8, Lincoln Park Campus Student Center , 2250 N. Sheffield.
UIC Internship and Part-Time Job Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted.
$10 for non-UIC students/alumni
Loyola University Spring 2013 Career Fair
Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, Joseph Gentile Center, Lake Shore Campus, 6511 N. Winthrop.
$10 for non-Loyola students and alumni
UIC Education Job Fair
1 to 5 p.m. March 6, UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 South Halsted.
$10 for non-UIC students or alumni
Erin Vogel is a RedEye special contributor.
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