Marketing Alumni Share Job Searching Advice

The best advice often comes from the ones who have been in your shoes before. That’s why we asked recent Marketing alumni about their experiences with career fairs, job searching, and responding to difficult interview questions. They shared their best advice for current students on conquering career fairs and the job search process!

What tips/tricks would you give students about making Career Fairs a more valuable experience?

  • “I would recommend having a plan in terms of which companies you want to speak to ahead of time. Also – try to make a personal connection with the recruiter outside of talking about job descriptions and your experience. It will help them remember you.” – John Staak, Customer Data Analyst, Casey’s General Store
  • “It’s important to spend some time before to really think about why you’re interested in certain companies and/or positions. Try to come up with 5 that you can articulate why you want to work for that place specifically. Then write down any and all questions you may have. The more curious you are in them the more they will be in you.” – Evan Hopper, Business Intelligence Consultant, RSM
  • Obviously do your research and prepare ahead of time. Have a set list of companies in mind that you want to talk to, but make sure to network with everyone. Limiting yourself to only a few options isn’t the best of advice. It is still okay to go talk to companies even if you haven’t done any prior research. – Micheal Hoffman, Project Manager, ProCircular, Inc. 
  • “Don’t get hung up on the potential awkwardness of talking to strangers at the fair. These recruiters are in a very similar boat as you and I bet some of them might even be dreading the fair, just like you. Talk to them like you would anyone else and if you run out of things to say, ask questions.” – Grant Kamperschroer, Content Marketing Specialist, Straight North

What is the best piece of advice you received during your own job search and what additional words of wisdom do you have for current students?

  • “Figure out WHERE you want to live before starting the job search.” – Michael Hoffman
  • “Start applying early. Sometimes internships are great ways to land full time positions. It is okay to be an intern out of college. Find your passion.” – Evan Schmidt, Sales Coordinator, Hyatt Place
  • “The best way to feel out options is to pick up the phone and reach out to people who are doing work that interests you. Make connections selflessly and with a genuine intent to learn.” – John Staak
  • “Be yourself, be authentic, and let your personality show while remaining professional.” – Evan Hopper
  • “Don’t rush into anything. If something doesn’t feel quite right, that’s okay. That job might not be for you.” – Grant Kamperschroer

What is the hardest or strangest question you have been asked during an interview?

  • Tell me about a bad manager you have had.
  • I’ve been asked a few riddles to test how I think and apply logic. It’s easy to panic when you get one of those. I recommend asking clarifying questions to buy yourself time and clear your head
  • “Tell me about 3 people that you believe you have influenced for the better in your life so far.” This one was a bit difficult for me and I stuck mostly to friendships since at this point, I had not had professional opportunities to do so. For me, this question was a wake up call since it was difficult for me to answer.
  • “What do you do on Sunday mornings?” The interviewer was vying to inquire about my religious background. These types of questions are shady and borderline illegal – Know your rights and what interviewers can/cannot ask you.
  • Tell me about a book you’ve read recently. That one caught me off guard. Luckily, I was taking a class that had us reading a book.

Marketing Major Spring 2020 Career Fair Guide

With over 100 companies attending each year, the Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet with employers and learn more about their job opportunities firsthand. With so many employers, the Career Fair experience can feel overwhelming at times. Don’t worry, you got this! Our Marketing major-specific guide for the Spring 2020 Career Fair will have you feeling like a Career Fair aficionado in no time.

To get started, check out the list below of attending employers from various industries who are seeking Marketing majors, and the positions they are offering. Then, research a few that interest you and decide which ones you want to meet with at the Career Fair. You can also download the Career Fair app to keep a list of your top 10 employers, view a map of the Career Fair, and get more information about the event. Finally – as all good marketing majors know – make sure to practice your pitch ahead of time to leave a lasting impression on recruiters and voilà! Career Fairs mastered.

The Spring 2020 Career Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 19th. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm at the Iowa Memorial Union. Now do some research, practice your pitch, and let your personality shine on Wednesday!

Advertising, PR & Marketing

American Marketing & Publishing, L.L.CDigital Marketing Inside Sales

Division-DAssistant Account Manager, Assistant Account Executive

Echo Marketing GroupSales/Marketing Internship, Sales Associate

Kendall Hunt Publishing, CoSales Associate, Sales Intern


Banking & Investment Banking

Balfour Beatty InvestmentsMarketing Internship

Cambridge Investment ResearchAdvertising Analyst, Various Internships

Cottingham & ButlerSales Executive, Sales Intern, Consulting Intern

GreatAmerica Financial ServicesSales Professional Internship

Passage Global Capital ManagementMarketing Assistant Intern

Renaissance FinancialFinancial Advisor

Republic Bank of ChicagoBanking Internship


Environmental Services

ClearDefense Pest ControlCDPC Sales Team Internship

EmersonVarious Full-Time positions


Internet & Software, Electronics

Avionos, LLCBusiness Development Representative

BusinessolverProfessional Development Program Representative

CDWSales Internship Program, Sales Training Program

EpicProject Manager, Technical Problem Solver, Software Tester/Quality Assurance

Leepfrog Technologies, Inc.Various Internships and Full-Time positions

OracleBusiness Development Consultant



Ethos GroupBusiness Manager

F&G Annuities & LifeActuarial Intern, Internal Audit Intern, Expense Reporting Intern

GeicoBusiness Leadership Summer Internship, Management Development Program

Goosehead InsuranceAccount Executive

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.Various Internships and Full-Time positions

Kunkel & AssociatesSales Internship, Sales Account Executive

TransamericaVarious Internships and Full-Time positions



ChildServeVarious Internships and Full-Time positions


Manufacturing & Distribution

3EManagement/Sales Trainee

Bunn-O-Matic CorporationPurchasing Specialist

Caterpillar Inc.Marketing Representative Development Program, US Corporate / Part-Time Internship Program

EmersonVarious Full-Time positions 

HNI CorporationSales/Marketing Internships and Full-Time Opportunities

L&W Supply CorporationManager Candidate in Training, Outside Sales

Mueller Industries, Inc. – Sales Associate

Pella CorporationSales Development Program

Techtronic IndustriesField Sales & Marketing Representative, Event Marketing Specialist

Vermeer CorporationVarious Internships and Full-Time positions


Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods

ALDI, Inc.Buying Intern (Marketing or Market Research & Analytics), Marketing Proofreader, Public Relations Assistant, Merchandising Assistant

Hy-VeeVarious Internships and Full-Time positions

Iowa 80 Group, IncManager Trainee, Videography Internship, Supply Chain Management Internship

Von MaurRetail Merchandising Internship, Retail Management Internship, Executive Training Program

Sherwin-Williams CompanyManagement/Sales Full-Time Training Program, Management/Sales Internship


Staffing & Recruiting, Human Resources

CollaberaAccount Manager

Eight Eleven GroupVarious Full-Time positions

Insight GlobalRecruiter/Account Management

KellyMitchell GroupSales Account Manager

MedixRecruiter/Account Manager

TeksystemsTechnical Staffing Recruiter


Transportation & Logistics

Arrive LogisticsSales Development Program for College Grads

C.H. RobinsonVarious Internships and Full-Time positions

Coyote LogisticsSales Representative, Customer Relations Intern

CRST International, Inc.Leadership Development Rotational Program, Driver Manager, Sales Executive, Driver Recruiter

Enterprise HoldingsManagement Trainee, Management Trainee Intern

Load Delivered LogisticsSales Representative

Murphy-Hoffman CompanySales Intern, Management Trainee

SchneiderSales and Marketing Intern Program