The on-campus recruitment program (OCR) allows businesses and institutions to meet with Austin Peay students and alumni in a centralized location. It is a convenient way to begin exploring your options for life after college.
Right now, you may feel pressure about your future, especially the steps you should take to secure that important initial career opportunity and land that first job. The following pointers should help you in your efforts.
What exactly is on-campus recruiting?
On-campus recruiting is when a business or school comes to Austin Peay to meet students and alumni with the intention of attracting future employees. To this end, recruiters may set up a table or presentation to give information about their company and what it has to offer new graduates. They may also conduct on-campus interviews to hire for specific positions. Generally, the focus is on entry level opportunities for individuals with a college education.
Who is eligible to take advantage of OCR opportunities?
All APSU seniors, graduate students and alumni who are actively seeking a job may take advantage of on-campus recruiting opportunities. Some companies are looking for individuals in a certain field of study.
Must I complete any paperwork before I take part in OCR?
Only if you want to participate in job interviews. Interviews require that you sign up for a time with our office and submit a credentials file if you do not already have one. Interview times are limited, so we recommend that you sign up as early as possible. The deadline is 48 hours prior to the interview date.
Where is OCR held and how long does it take?
You will find information tables in the lobby of the University Center. Presentations are usually held in a meeting room in the UC. Don't be shy: you can spend as much or as little time as you wish talking to recruiters. Unless otherwise indicated, interviews are conducted in the Morgan University Center, Room 210. Usually, they are scheduled in 30 minute time slots.
Why should I participate if I do not know or care about working for any of the organizations listed on the recruiting calendar?
Unless you are already involved in intensive job search, you probably are not aware of the particular characteristics of recruiting companies, their products or services and the kinds of positions open for professional-level employees. We suggest that you visit the company's homepage linked in the on-campus recruiting schedule. You may be surprised to find out that the company in question has career opportunities that interest you. And, remember, you can always contact Career Services to suggest a company that you would like to see recruit on-campus at Austin Peay.
Should I interview just for practice only?
NO. Employers are spending their time and money to travel to campus to talk with potential employees. Don't waste their time if you are sure that you would never work for their organization. Participate in the interview only if you genuinely want to find out more about a company and what they have to offer new graduates.
What should I wear?
Men should wear a conservative business suit or a neat sport jacket or sweater, tie and dress pants. Women should wear a business suit, dress or skirt and blouse. Hair should be neatly cut and styled, makeup applied conservatively, shoes shined, nails cleaned, etc. Remember, you make an important first impression the minute you meet an employer. For more information on appropriate dress and grooming, visit MUC 210 to consult our Career Resource Library.
What if I decide to cancel the interview appointment of fail to show up?
Cancellations and no shows create gaps in a recruiter's interview schedule that could have been filled by someone else. This leaves a negative impression of you personally, of the Office of Career Services and of the university as a whole. As such, cancellations should be made as far in advance as possible, and last minute cancellations should be made only in case of an emergency. Because of the potentially serious consequences for the OCR program, anyone who cancels an interview appointment or is a "no show" more than two times will be barred from further use of APSU Career Services.
What should I do the day of the interview?
Be prompt; check in at least 10 minutes before the interview. As mentioned earlier, dress professionally. Know why you are interviewing. Do your research beforehand so you know why you want to work for this company.
Should I take any further action after the interview?
The employer will usually present a timetable for receiving further information from his/her organization. It is appropriate to get the employer's name and address in order to write a brief thank-you letter for the interview. Job Choices magazine, available free from Career Services, has an excellent example that you can use.
What should I do if I accept a job offer?
Notify Career Services immediately so that we can deactivate your credentials file. You can reactivate your file later if necessary. Provide us with the following information:
Austin Peay State University Office of Career Services
Morgan University Center, Room 210
PO Box 4745, Clarksville, TN 37044
Phone: (931) 221-6544 - Fax: (931) 221-7100