In light of the Career Fair taking place this week, the Career Center offers some tips in order to get the most out of it and increase your odds of landing a job.
Before Career Fair
- Prepare questions to ask employers and make a few notes after speaking with recruiters.
- Research the companies attending the fair to better understand the company, its mission, and the types of positions for which they are hiring.
- Prepare and practice a personal introduction in front of a mirror or with a friend. Let the company know what you have to offer and what your interests are rather than asking what positions are available.
- Attend workshops, and watch the Career Center’s new Resume Webshop, which walks you through each step, tip and recommendation when it comes to creating and polishing up your resume.
- Have your resume critiqued by a career counselor. Typos and misspellings are fatal: double check that your resume is error free. Bring fresh copies with you in a neat folder or portfolio.
Career Fair day
- Dress professionally and conservatively. First impressions are key! Image is important.
- Put on your best smile and offer a firm handshake. Maintain good eye contact with the employer. Convey professionalism, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.
- Ask for a business card or contact information from anyone you speak with. Most government and government contractors are unable to accept hard copy resumes and may direct you to apply online. For these companies, ask for tips on best ways to work their application systems.
- See who is offering on-campus interviews. You must be registered in CareerRAM to submit resumes and schedule an interview.
After the Fair
- Follow up with employers after the fair by sending an appropriate thank you note, email, or by leaving a voicemail.
If you have additional questions, drop by the Career Center Drop-Ins office in LSC Room 120, in the lower lever of the student center, next to Student Media.