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Making the Most of a Career Fair

Preparing for the Career Fair

  • Have an up to-date resume highlighting skills and experiences related to your goal
  • Locate the Career Fair Guidebook online and scan for employers seeking students like you
  • Make a list of the employers you want to target and research them
  • Pull together a professional outfit
  • Prepare your “60 Second Commercial” that will begin an intelligent and effective conversation with employers and focuses on the unique benefits you can offer employer.  The “commercial” briefly outlines where you are now (degree, program and year in college), where you have been (career-related experience), and where you are going (future goals)

Things to Bring

  • Copies of your resume (25 – 50 depending on size of event and number of employers you’d like to see)
  • A positive attitude, a smile and a strong handshake
  • Your 60 Second Commercial
  • Information about the companies that you will be approaching
  • List of questions you may want to ask the employer’s representative
  • A professional briefcase and/or hardcover notepad portfolio for resumes, company information, business cards and notes
  • Energy!  Be at your best…as refreshed as possible

Questions to Ask
First and foremost, questions should be natural.  Be yourself.  Do not read directly from this list of questions when at the Career Fair.  Here are some questions you may want to ask the employer’s representative:

  • What goals does your company have for the next ten years and beyond?
  • What kind of entry-level positions exist within your company?
  • Do you offer internships?  If so, what percent of interns are offered positions after graduation?
  • What does your company consider the five most important qualities in an employee?
  • What courses do you suggest in order to be a successful candidate?
  • What personal traits are important for success in your company?
  • What made you choose this company?
  • How long have you been with the company?

At the Fair

  • Locate your chosen employers on the map
  • Offer your hand for a professional handshake (one shake)
  • Begin the conversation with your “commercial”
  • Ask the employer a question relating to your career goal
  • Ask the employer for next steps

Remember, it’s not just recruiters who are there.  You will also have the chance to network with fellow job-seekers and other professionals.

After the Fair

  • Follow up with those employers who pique your interest
  • Send and e-mail or letter thanking them for their time and include a copy of your resume.

This information was taken from
Jobpostings 2008, written by Ileana
Brito and published by Passion Inc.

 

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