Fall Recruiting (Job and Internship) Fair

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 12:00-4:00 p.m.

COST: Free for all St. Olaf students

VIRTUAL: Brazen Virtual Fair Platform

WHO: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking opportunities in business analysis, consulting, finance/banking, actuarial science, data science/statistics, technology, and certain roles on the business side of healthcare.

Want to know if the Job & Internship Fair is right for you? Take a look at the employer list (more employers added daily). You are also encouraged to connect with a Peer Advisor via virtual chat, or a Career Coach (schedule via Handshake)– links are at the bottom of the page.

The Minnesota Private College’s Fall Recruiting Fair is is designed to connect students to job and internship opportunities with employers who who recruit early in the fall semester. These employers recruit for a relatively narrow band of business roles, including: business analysis, management consulting, finance/banking, actuarial science, data science/statistics, technology, certain healthcare analyst roles, and other miscellaneous positions.  (Summer internship positions are often available in a broader range of functional business areas.)  Employers recruiting at the fair are typically large corporate organizations who are able to consistently predict their bulk hiring needs in advance.

Pre-registration in Handshake and Brazen is required, using your St. Olaf email address. The fair is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.  Students are encouraged to register early.

Click Here to Register in Handshake and set up your brazen profile


  • Students are strongly encouraged to attend a prep session.  Options are below.
  • To cancel your registration, please do so directly in Handshake by navigating to the event, hovering over the green “Registered” button which will give you the option to “Leave Event”. You may also email Bryan Shealer at shealer@stolaf.edu.
  • Once registered, all communication about the fair will be through Handshake e-mail. Check your messages regularly, and watch for important information.
  • Important Note: It is the student’s responsibility to notify professors as early as possible about an expected absence from a class for the fair.  It is at instructors’ individual discretion to determine how such absences will be handled.

Why Should I Attend?

By attending the Job Fair, you will have the opportunity to network with 50+ Minnesota, regional, and national companies.  The employers present at the event will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. Other employers may anticipate hiring in the next six months. No matter what an organization’s objectives may be, as an attendee, you can take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career goals may fit with their hiring needs.

Meeting with employer representatives is strongly encouraged to help you stand out as a candidate.  Employers are far more likely to consider candidates with whom they’ve made a personal connection.  Connecting directly to employers will also give you the chance to identify and discern which opportunities are the best fit for you.

Registered Employers

(Check back often – more employers will be added prior to the event.)

Ameriprise Financial
Andersen Corporation
Baker Tilly
Best Buy
C.H. Robinson
Carlin Group
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)
Conservis Corporation
Fast Enterprises
Heartland Financial USA
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual – Twin Cities
Securian Financial
SPIRE Credit Union
SPS Commerce
Thomson Reuters
U.S. Bank
UnitedHealth Group
Wilkerson Guthmann (CPA, Business Consultants, Financial Advisors)

Prepare for the Fair
1. Attend ONE of the following prep sessions:


  • Missed a Prep Session?  Listen to the recording HERE.
2. Prepare your resume. A resume is required for your Brazen profile.

  •  Start early; a good resume is created over multiple drafts.
  • The Piper Center Resume Guide is a useful resource.
  • Start by meeting with a peer advisor in the Piper Center and then you can meet with a Piper Center coach for a final review.
3.  Attend the virtual Fall Recruiting Showcase on Monday, September 21, 2020.

  • Select alumni and friends of the college will share insight, provide tips, and give advice on how to put your best foot forward with the employers participating in on campus recruiting and/or attending the fair.
4. Review the On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Page

  • Review all OCR opportunities currently posted in Handshake.
  • Understand how to engage with the employers and opportunities available during the fall recruiting season.
  • Review the OCR participation policies for students.

Top 10 “Must Dos” for a Successful Fair

1.    Update Your Resume
Remember that your resume should be clean, concise and up to date.  Have a digital copy ready to submit online to recruiters and hiring managers.  Make sure to have your resume in form to avoid any digital re-formatting issue.  Double-check the PDF document once you have converted it to make sure it is appearing as you intend.

2.    Research Companies
Prior to the Fall Recruiting Fair, access the list of employers in Brazen and pick 5-10 companies that interest you most and another five that may be a second tier interest. Research these companies thoroughly and effectively through employer websites, online newspapers, business journals, LinkedIn, and social media.  This will help guide your inquiries and allow you to highlight your related skills.

3.    Create a Calendar Reminder
When you do not have to coordinate your travel, a virtual event can slip your mind.  Set calendar reminders for the day before and two hours before.

4.    Prepare Your Introduction

Prepare a quick introduction about yourself.  The introduction may include details about your education, work experiences, relevant skills and future goals.  Use the Piper Center How-To Guides and the Benefit Statement Guide to help you prepare.  Your introductions should be between 30-60 seconds long.

5.    Dress Appropriately
Even though you will not be traveling to meet employers, dress appropriately, and look well groomed for a video interview.  Employers at this event will expect business professional dress.  You will also feel energized and ready for the fair by dressing as if you will be attending an in-person event.  Not sure what to wear?  Review the professional dress guide for initial information.  The Piper Center welcomes any students who are unsure about appropriate dress or who may have individual question to speak with a coach through an appointment or email.

6.    Have Your Application Materials in Order and Test Your Internet and Video Connections
Have your resume and any other documents you may need uploaded and available on your computer desktop for easy access.  Ensure that your internet connection is functioning and that your audio/video is working properly.

7.    Identify Where You Will “Attend” the Fair
Think about where you will be during the virtual fair.  Ensure the location is quiet, free of distraction (expected or unexpected!), has a professional looking background, and is well-lit.  You may even wish to test your spot to make sure that you appear as professional as possible.

8.    Keep Organized
Organize your company information and your contact information.  Create a spreadsheet or chart where you can easily input information about the connections you make or the companies to which you submitted your resume.

9.    Send Thank You Notes

Within 24 hours of the event, send concise and well-written thank you emails to all individuals that you made contact. Thank them for their time and, if appropriate, communicate your excitement for the role and why.

10.    Determine Next Steps
Did the recruiters ask you to formally apply for a role?  Perhaps you were asked to take an assessment?  Or sign up for a first-round interview?  Make sure that you follow-through on what was asked of you as soon as possible, typically within 24-48 hours of the event.    This is also a good time to reflect on how networking might help you learn more about an employer or opportunity.  Ole alumni and Piper Center staff can be great resources to help you prepare to put your best foot forward with the hiring process.

Peer Advisors

Chat with a Peer Advisor
Peer Advisors are available by chat.  Navigate to the Piper Center Site and click on the chat bubble in the lower right corner.
Schedule an appointment with a Piper Center coach – the fair specialists are: Kirsten Cahoon & Bryan Shealer

Piper Center Career Coaches in Business