Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Making a Career Fair Work for You

Career fairs allow you to network with multiple employers, explore career paths and companies you are interested in and find out about employment opportunities. With several career fairs coming up this fall, here are a few tips to maximize your experience and have employers more likely to follow up with you.

What to Wear
This is your chance to make a good impression and show that you take your career seriously. A good rule of thumb is to dress like you would for an interview. You can wear a suit if you have one. Otherwise, men can wear slacks with a dress shirt and tie, and women can wear slacks or a skirt with a dress shirt. 

Bring Your Resume
Bring copies of your resume. Ideally, compile them in to a folder or padfolio. This is also useful for collecting material that they will hand to you. If you need assistance with your resume, come visit Career Services. 

Introduce Yourself
In the initial introduction, shake hands with the employer and tell them your name and a brief description of your background and what you are seeking. For example: 

Hi, my name is Jane Smith. I am a junior studying Business Administration and am seeking internship opportunities in Accounting. I have worked in customer service at Target for the past two summers.

Before you arrive, review the list of employers, note the ones you want to meet with and prepare some questions to ask.
- What opportunities are available at your organization?
- What do you like the most about working there?
- What skills and experience are you looking for in a candidate?
- What can I do as a student to best prepare for a career in the ____ field?
- May I have your business card?
Business Cards and Follow Up
Collecting business cards allows you to follow up quickly with any connections that you make.

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