Get Organized for the Career Fair this LDW

There’s a 3 day weekend on the horizon … which means plenty of time to prepare for the Career Fair on Wednesday, September 7th!  Career Fair Pro, Hallie, offers more tips on ensuring a successful Career Fair.

And so it begins… CAREER FAIR PREP SEASON! With the career fair less than a week away (Wednesday September 7th), it’s time to finally sit down and figure out how you’re going to land your dream job. Here are some quick tips for adding those finishing touches to your resume and your elevator speech—and how you’ll avoid showing up to the fair completely clueless.

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Resume Tips/ Tricks

  • Always list your events in chronological order with your most recent events at the top. Along with this idea, make sure all the internships and clubs that you are currently still involved in are written in the present tense, and all experiences that you have done in the past are in the past tense.

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  • At the top of your resume, there should be a unique header that includes your name, address, phone number, and email. If you ever need to submit a cover letter along with your resume, your cover letter should use this same header layout.
  • Make sure all of your experiences include the company/organization you worked for, the position you held, the time frame you worked there, and the city and state in which you worked. With regards to writing dates, it’s fine if you just include the month and year of your start to the month and year of your finish. For example, September 2015 – April 2016.
  • Dates and cities should be aligned to the right side of your page.
  • Don’t be afraid to mess around with the margins of your resume. But at the same time, you still want there to be a solid border of white around the whole page.  1/2″ margins around the page should be the minimum.
  • ALWAYS use black ink and print your resumes a few days in advance. You want to make sure you have at least one resume per company you plan to visit, along with five to seven extras. The Resource Room in the Union has resume paper available for a small fee, but can often run out close to the career fair date.
  • For more information on preparing your resume, review the Office of Career Management’s Resume Guide.

Elevator Speech Preparation

  • Your elevator speech will include the key points about yourself that will help start off your conversation with the recruiter. Career fairs and interviews are your time to boast about yourself, so don’t be afraid to let companies know the amazing things you’ve done!
  • Start off with a friendly hello and a firm handshake – no dead fish!

  • Introduce yourself by stating your name, year in school, and major. Feel free to also list some of the organizations you are involved in on campus, as well as some of your past internship experiences. Even include how they may relate to the company you are speaking with.
  • Sometimes the recruiter will then turn it into a conversation and start asking you some questions about yourself, but if that doesn’t happen, don’t be afraid to continue leading the conversation and maybe ask a question of your own.
  • Companies want to know that you did your research. If you’ve seen something in the news about them recently, feel free to mention it!  Make sure it is a positive comment!
  • Lastly, direct the conversation towards the programs they might offer. If you’re a freshman or a sophomore, and they say they’re only looking at juniors, don’t be afraid to ask what your next steps should be, or what you can do in the next year or so to work towards a position with that company.

Remember, career fairs are all about networking. Ask for business cards when you’ve enjoyed your conversation with the recruiter and follow up by emailing those contacts afterwards. Although you might not always directly get an internship or job, the career fair can often set you up for a great opportunity in the future!

The First Step in Succeeding at the Career Fair is Preparation

With the Career Fair quickly approaching, Career Fair Pro, Amanda, offers advice on preparing for the Big Event!

Whether you are a senior and have attended multiple career fairs or a freshman just starting out, it is totally normal to have some anxiety about the event. The Fisher Career Fair is a great way to jump start your job and internship search. Here are some tips to help you prior to the event to make you as prepared and confident as possible!

Company Research

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A great way to start off your company research is by checking out Fisher Connect. If you have not already done so, be sure to create a profile and upload an updated version of your resume. Next, you can check out all of the companies that are going to be attending the career fair by clicking on “Career Events”, as seen below, and selecting “Fisher Fall Career Fair 2016”. From here you will be able to view all of the employers attending. Each employer has a profile which gives information about who they are, the industry they operate in, what positions they are hiring for, and majors they are looking at. I suggest looking at multiple companies in varying industries.

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Company Websites

After you have looked at the companies you are interested in, the next step is to research the company on their website. This will give you more information on their specific programs for post-graduation opportunities such as rotational programs or what their internship program consists of. This research is key for communicating with recruiters at the career fair so that you can reference and ask about their company specific programs. It would also be helpful to do some research on the company in general for instance: How did the company perform last quarter? Have there been any recent mergers or acquisitions? This information will show to the recruiter that you have an interest in the company or industry as a whole.

Preparing to Interact with a Recruiter

Think about your introduction and practice it many times before the career fair.  Start with your first name, year, major, a brief explanation of past work experience or campus involvement, and why you are interested in the company. Try to make this introduction concise because the recruiter will inquire for more information if they would like. Practice is important! Practice in front of a mirror and aloud. It will even be helpful to practice in front of a roommate or friend. Be sure to speak clearly and make eye contact, this indicates to the recruiter that you are confident in who you are and that you are qualified to work for them. Always remember to give a firm handshake.

Preparing to Attend the Career Fair

First, print off more resumes than you think you will need. At least 5 more than the number of companies you have on your list to visit. Second, look at a map of where the companies will be located and make a route. It may be helpful to start off by going to the company you are least interested in to be prepared for the companies you are really interested in. Third, plan your time accordingly. With lines and walking from company to company, be sure to allot plenty of time to attend. Lastly, bring you BuckID to get in and $1 for book bag check. You should only have your pad folio full of resumes with you during the event.

Dress for Success

The dress code is business professional, so dress to impress. This means a suit. Make sure it is clean before the day of the event. Men should wear a nice shirt and tie combo and be sure to match your belt to your shoes! Ladies be sure to wear a nice blouse under your jacket and comfortable shoes. You may want to pull your hair back to you are not tempted to twirl or play with it while talking to a recruiter. Most importantly wear a smile and let your personality shine!


Good Luck!

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What are you Plans for this Summer?

Written by Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Sarah Steenrod

As the academic year winds down, it is likely that college students around the world are being asked, “What are your plans for this summer?”

Interning at your dream company?

Taking classes?

Studying abroad?

Feeling speechless because you have no idea?

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If this question makes you cringe, it might mean that you don’t…yet…know what you’ll be up to this summer. The good news is you are in control of how you spend your time this summer and there is still time to make a plan to make the most of it!

Conduct Informational Interviews – Reach out to family, friends, or alumni from your university who work at a company/organization of interest to you and set up a time to talk with them about their work, their company, or their city. This is a great way to network and people love to talk about themselves. People also like to help college students because it give them a chance to “pay it forward,” so do as much of this as you can while you’re still a student. LinkedIn is a great resource for expanding your network –

Get Experience – While many students put pressure on themselves to get an internship as early as freshman or sophomore year, most companies target juniors for their internship programs. While you may not land an internship, there are so many opportunities to develop transferable skills through more traditional jobs. For example, being a server in a restaurant may help you develop strong customer service or communication skills and working as a camp counselor may help you develop teamwork or problem solving skills. It is important to value your experiences and be ready to tell potential employers how you can add value to their company based on your experience from previous employment.

Develop a Skill – Perhaps you’ve been meaning to learn some new Excel formulas, get familiar with a social media platform, or brush up on a foreign language. Summer is a great time to focus on the things you have been putting off.


Be Strategic – Many students want to work for large companies or organizations after graduation, but they don’t always think of ways to get insights into the company. For example, if a student is interested in a career with L Brands, it could be very beneficial for them to get some in-store experience at Bath & Body Works. This would be a great way to show that you understand the company culture and the customers in an interview.

Volunteer – Approach volunteer opportunities as if you’re applying for your dream job. Write a personalized cover letter and send it along with your resume to local organizations and offer your help. Even if you don’t land a gig in the marketing department, you never know how much you may gain (both personally and professionally) from the experience of giving back.

Do Something that Makes You Interesting – What do you like to do for fun? What would you enjoy talking to people about in a casual setting? Training for a half-marathon, learning a new instrument, perfecting your cooking skills, or taking a cross country trip? The opportunities are endless, but you are the only person who can decide what makes you interesting.

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Read – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

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Best of luck making your summer a meaningful and memorable one. Hopefully when you head back to school in the fall and someone asks, “What did you do this summer?” you will have plenty to talk about!

Register for BA2601: Job Search Preparation Course

Written by Course Instructor, Audrey Bledsoe, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Career Services and Education

Did you know the Office of Career Management at Fisher offers a class called BA 2601? BA 2601 is a 1-credit hour class that meets twice a week and covers several career-related topics. Basically it’s a crash course in everything you need to know to be a successful job seeker. Interested? You should be! This class benefits nearly any student no matter your major or career goals. You will develop skills that are necessary for LIFE. Some of the topics include:

  • Resume writing
  • Cover letters, thank you notes and other correspondence
  • Interviewing skills
  • Job search techniques
  • Preparing for career fairs
  • Elevator pitch
  • Networking
  • Professionalism and etiquette
  • Salary and job offer negotiation
  • And tons more!

I’m telling you—EVERY business professional needs to have the above skills to be successful!

The best part is the style of this class…most of the above topics are taught not by a professor, but by company recruiters! Tons of great companies have come to BA 2601 to share their expertise and the “insider’s perspective” on what they look for in potential candidates. Eaton, DHL Supply Chain, EY, Discover, Procter & Gamble, Progressive, L brands, Target, 5/3 Bank, PwC, Deloitte, Whirlpool, Unilever, GE Aviation, General Motors, Big Lots, Cardinal Health…the list goes on. And you can chat 1-on-1 with these recruiters after the conclusion of each class; now that’s networking!

Christopher Jackson, a current undergraduate business student in BA 2601 during Spring 2016, weighs in on his experience in the class: BA2601 Student

“BA 2601 will help me in my career by giving me better insight as to what employers are looking for in an ideal candidate. I’ve been introduced to the recruiters of many large companies and learned directly from them what skills and passion they are looking for in a future employee of their business.”

“My favorite class session so far has been the speed networking activity where we gave elevator pitches and connected with the peers in our class. We provided constructive feedback to each person that we networked with, which told each of us what we can do better when we get into the same situation with a company recruiter.”

One of the coolest parts about the class is the Etiquette lunch at the Blackwell. During this lunch you get to practice your networking and conversational skills while eating a delicious 3-course meal at the Blackwell. Here’s a picture from the Fall 2015 Etiquette luncheon:Etiquette Lunch

Doesn’t Filet of Beef Sirloin or Chicken Francoise sound delicious? And you get to eat it as part of a class? At this point you’re probably asking, “how do I sign up?”

Look for this class to be offered every fall and spring semester! The only prerequisites are you must be enrolled in the Fisher College of Business (not open to pre-business students) and you must be at least a sophomore standing.

Contact Audrey Bledsoe ( with any questions!