Today, I was lucky enough to volunteer at the Style Career Fair in New York City. Drexel sent out an email a few weeks ago asking for volunteers and I eagerly responded saying that I would love to volunteer. When I arrived, I was given a Style Career shirt and assembled bags that would later be given to the candidates who were meeting industry professionals and recruiters. I was the first shift from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, there were about fifteen to twenty other volunteers in my group. I got very lucky because my job was to help the fashion industry professionals set up their booths. This meant I got to meet many of the industry professionals at the fair. At the Style Career Fair there were twenty-five companies the companies were looking for fashion industry professions with backgrounds in: Apparel, Accessories, Footwear, Graphics, Textile and Corporate Retail. Each company had a small booth where they would conduct interviews with the candidates.
I had one of the best jobs because I got to talk to many of the recruiters and get face-to-face contact. I talked to a recruiter from H&M, who was excited that I was from Drexel and I ended up giving him my resume. I was very excited about that I was able to give him my resume. We chatted about the H&M Balmain collaboration that’s hitting the stores soon. I’m so excited and counting down the days until the collaboration hits stores and online! I also got to meet as well as set up their booths for recruiters from: Steve Madden, Kohl’s, Marc Jacobs, Talbots, Bombfell, Caleres and a few others. It was a lot of fun small talking with the recruiters and seeing how they set up each of their booths. Once the doors opened and the candidates came it got very hectic! The lines were extremely long and there were people everywhere. I was on my feet all day, which I enjoy doing because I hate sitting down for long periods of time. Only I regret wearing my black flats because my toes were killing me by the end. Oh, well I learned my lesson never to wear those flats when I’ll be running around all day for a long period of time.
I had a great time at the Style Career Fair and got to meet a lot of interesting people. The girls who were in my volunteer group were also very nice and we took each others information. There’s always a way to connect to people wherever you go! It’s all about the people you know in the industry that’s for sure! At the end of my shift, all the volunteers were told by Style Careers that all the companies at the fair will be given our resume along with a picture of ourselves. If the companies need any interns or entry-level jobs they have a list of us (all the volunteers). I thought that was great because even though I didn’t get to formally interview the recruiters they still have my resume and picture to remember my face by. Hopefully some of these companies need entry level positions and will reach out to me.