Who should attend the job fair? Is it just for Seniors?
Freshman through seniors and alumni are all welcome to attend! First and second year students can explore the opportunities and get a better sense of what might fit with their interests. Organizations are recruiting for summer jobs and internships as well as full time positions. 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 candidates.
What should I bring?
Bring copies of your resume on good quality resume paper. (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.
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. Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the company/ industry. Review our Tips to Prepare for the Fair.
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.
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And 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.
Last modified August 28 2012 02:25 PM