It may only be a few weeks into the fall semester, but it’s not to soon for students to be thinking about the job search. To help them be successful during their search and at the fall career fairs, the Career Center is hosting its annual InstaCareer.

During InstaCareer, students rotate through a variety of short, but interactive sessions with recruiters and career experts to learn how to prepare for the upcoming fairs and how to be successful at networking. Broken down into four sessions, students will learn how to make a good first impression and dress for success, how to research employers, how to professionally introduce themselves in 30-seconds or less, and how to follow-up with employers later to stay connected.

“After attending this event, students will gain the skills they need to approach employers and career professionals with greater confidence and professionalism,” said Maureen Roach, the program’s coordinator and Career Center senior assistant director.

The program is open to all majors and is being held several times this fall to ensure all students have a chance to attend. InstaCareer dates include September 11 and 26, while there will also be a session specifically for education majors—featuring employers from school districts—held on November 6. InstaCareer runs from 4–6 p.m., but because students rotate through sessions, most can expect their participation lasting about 50 minutes. InstaCareer will be held in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

Check out the InstaCareer video to discover what the event is actually like.


Employers attending this year’s InstaCareer include industry leaders: Cintas, COUNTRY Financial, Discover Financial Services, GROWMARK, the Sherwin-Williams Co., and many more.

Employers interested in participating in the event and faculty interested in having students attend as part of a class assignment should contact the Career Center.

The Career Center assists all Illinois State University students with developing, evaluating, and implementing career decisions.