1) Have an up-to-date resume.
Remember that your resume is a marketing tool. Most recruiters will spend less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume. You’ll want to make a great impression! Spend some time reviewing the Career Services Career Guide for all the basics of building a resume. Make sure it’s free of grammar and spelling mistakes too! Once it’s ready, have it reviewed by one of our career counselors during 15 minute drop-ins, or visit us during Resumania on Monday, September 30. Employer experts will review resumes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
2) Do your research.
One of the most frequent criticisms we hear from employers is that our students have not done their research when they approach the employer’s table. Before you attend the Career Fair, it’s important to check out the employers visiting, the opportunities they have available, and to learn a little bit about the company. Utilize resources like OrangeLink, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the company’s website to do the background research. It will make you stand out!
3) Practice your elevator pitch.
When you approach an employer, you’ll give them a firm handshake, introduce yourself, hand them your resume, and then have a few moments to explain why you are a great candidate for their position. Be prepared to speak for 30 to 60 seconds about your qualifications, experiences, and goals as they relate to the position you are interested in (this is where that research is really important). Don’t be afraid to write it down and practice!
4) Dress for SUccess.
First impressions are key, which is why dressing the part is so important. Make sure your clothes are ironed and appropriately cut. Some suggestions for business dress include: dress pants, khakis, button-down shirts, collared shirts, suits, ties, skirts, and blouses. Remember comfortable shoes too! Check out Career Services’ Pinterest board for some examples.
If you need additional help preparing for the fair, Career Services is hosting a ‘Prepare for Career Fair’ workshop this week – Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Learn how the Career Fair works, what to wear, what to bring, and how to approach employers.
We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 1st, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Dome for Career Fair!