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!
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.
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!