By June, senior Theo Carmone could be a business analyst in London or a strategic consultant in Milan, Italy.
“I want to explore the world,” said Carmone, an international business major who conducted market research as a co-op for the U.S. Department of State and studied economics and business law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Italy. “Now is the perfect opportunity for me to pursue a career overseas.”
Carmone was one of about 2,000 students and alumni who handed out résumés, honed their networking skills, and exchanged business cards with 135 employers at Northeastern’s career fair last Thursday. The fair, held in Cabot Cage, is one of two annual events sponsored by the University’s career services office, which has received best-in-the-nation accolades from The Princeton Review.
Carmone, a dual citizen of the U.S. and European Union, said that his “international experience distinguishes me from most other students.” At the career fair, he met with representatives of several global organizations, including John Hancock, General Electric and high-tech consulting firm Bluewolf.
Speaking to the Bluewolf representative, Carmone forged a connection.
“He’s very outgoing and very comfortable speaking with me,” said Gianna Scorsone, vice president of sales operations for Bluewolf, which has offices in England. “He livened up as I livened up and in sales, that’s exactly what you need to do.”
Scorsone, who bonded with Carmone over their shared fluency in Italian, encouraged him to connect with her through the networking site LinkedIn and find out more about Bluewolf’s corporate culture by speaking with employees.
He made another good impression with the Boston staffing resources firm KNF&T.
“Not many students have legitimate overseas experience right out of school,” said staffing consultant Amanda Brenzel. “He has a great résumé and would definitely be able to find a position with us. If he’d already graduated, he could be interviewing with us next week.”
Carmone, whose résumé also includes a co-op in the retail finance branch of the British shoe manufacturer Clarks, said he got something positive from each of his job fair interviews, even when the company didn’t appear to be a perfect match. “It was a great opportunity to practice my networking skills.”