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Information for Job Seekers

Job Fairs give you access to learn about great opportunities and great organizations that are interested in UVM students and alumni. Employers at the fair will be looking for people to hire for full-time, part-time, summer, and school year employment.  Other employers will be looking for interns and volunteers. And, some employers may not have specific opportunities, but they have information to share and they want YOU to know about THEM.

The Job Fair is open to everyone – from first year students through seniors, alumni and guests. First and second year students can explore the opportunities and get a better sense of what might fit with their interests. Juniors and seniors will want to strategically use this opportunity to present themselves to future employers and learn about what companies are looking for in their candidates.

Job Seekers FAQ

What should I bring?

Bring copies of your resume (on good quality resume paper if you’re really serious about looking for a full-time job). If you don’t have a resume, it’s okay. Come to the fair, connect with recruiters and follow up later. It’s also helpful to have a folder to gather notes, job descriptions and business cards.  If you like taking notes, bring a pen and pad of paper. 

What should I wear?

Dress professionally and remember that a big part of your presentation and the impression you leave is your attitude and professionalism.  Smile, shake hands and make eye contact.

Who should I talk to?

Look at the organizations that are coming to the Job Fair and identify those of greatest interest.  Make sure to visit their tables at the Fair, but also consider chatting with other employers who you may not know a lot about. You may learn about an opportunity that interests you.

What should I say?

Introduce yourself. Share some highlights of your resume, education and experience that you believe would be of interest to them.  Communicate your curiosity, interest and enthusiasm by asking them a question about their organization. Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the company/ industry.

Do I need to come for the whole time?

No. Give yourself enough time to connect with all of the employers that interest you.

What if I don’t see what I’m looking for?

First, be curious about the companies that are there and have conversations with their representatives.  Be open to exploring what opportunities a company has to offer, you may be surprised.  Career Center staff will be available at the fair and you can talk with us if you feel stuck.

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Remember that the job search process is usually not a one-day event.  Make a plan to continue to explore opportunities, research companies, expand your professional network, and apply for positions that interest you.  The importance of networking cannot be overstated.

Preparation and Tips for the Job Fair

Before the Job Fair

  • See who’s coming to the fair and identify the organizations you want to connect with.
  • Look at the websites for the companies and opportunities that you’re most interested in.
  • Polish your resume and bring it to the fair.
    • Information to get started.
    • Utilize resume builder on Catamount Job Link.
    • Attend a Resume Workshop on Mondays, 4:15pm at the Career + Experience Hub in the Davis Center.
    • Get your resume reviewed during Drop-in hours at the Career + Experience Hub in the Davis Center, M-Th: 1-4pm and F: 1-3pm.
  • Prepare your elevator speech.
  • Think of the questions that you want to ask.  Write them down so you remember them at the fair. They don’t need to be complicated and you don’t have to think of a new question for each organization.
    Examples:
    • What do you enjoy about working at Company XYZ? Can you tell me about the culture?
    • What types of jobs or internships are available?
    • What are you looking for in a strong candidate?
    • How did YOU get YOUR position there?
    • I’m very interested in this opportunity. How do I follow up?
  • Create good questions that show you’ve done your research.

At the Job Fair

  • Dress professionally.
  • Bring your resume on quality resume paper.
  • If you’re really nervous and uncertain, try to think of this as an opportunity to simply learn about the companies.  You don’t HAVE to “sell yourself” to a company. You can just have some conversations to learn about THEM.
  • Be open to learning about an organization or possibility you hadn’t thought of.
  • Be curious and considerate.
    • Have as many conversations as you can.
    • Practice asking questions and gathering information.
    • Recognize that other students want to connect with the recruiters as well.
  • Connect with employers and collect information.
    • Collect business cards and information so that you can follow up later.
    • Tell recruiters about yourself and why you’re interested in the company/position.
    • Ask thoughtful questions and learn about the recruitment process.
    • Show your interest and enthusiasm.
  • Make notes after you speak with someone so that you can remember it later.

After the Job Fair

  • Reflect on your conversations and evaluate which organizations you’re most interested in.
  • Follow up with recruiters. Send a thank you note and resume and cover letter to those who interest you. If you take notes during the fair, it will make this easier.

 

Last modified March 10 2014 01:20 PM