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How To Work A Job Fair

  1. 1. How to Work a Job Fair Amy O’Donnell Career Development Lecturer [email_address] ST 2012 419-530-2422
  2. 2. Why do employers attend? <ul><li>They appreciate the attention Business Career Programs gives them </li></ul><ul><li>Employers value UT COBA students </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters can promote their company, initiate relationships, screen and/or interview candidates </li></ul><ul><li>It’s extremely cost-effective </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why do students attend? <ul><li>It’s cost effective for them, too </li></ul><ul><li>There are several employers and types of opportunities right at their fingertips </li></ul><ul><li>They can pursue practical or full-time experience </li></ul><ul><li>To practice their “pitch” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Job Fair Tools <ul><li>List of participating employers, http://stmain.st.utoledo.edu/bcpjobfair/students/JobFairStuInfoCtr.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Nice vinyl or leather portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Business cards (vistaprint.com, Microsoft Design templates) </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative, quality business attire </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Thank-you cards </li></ul>
  5. 5. Professional Wardrobe <ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>Dark tailored suit </li></ul><ul><li>White or pale blue cotton shirt </li></ul><ul><li>Tie-not too busy </li></ul><ul><li>Black belt/shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Dark over-the-calf socks </li></ul><ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>Dark Tailored Suit </li></ul><ul><li>Skirts knee length </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral stockings </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Limited jewelry/nail polish </li></ul><ul><li>Cotton/silk blouse </li></ul>Leave the piercings, heavy perfume/cologne at home.
  6. 6. Don’ts <ul><li>Go in cold </li></ul><ul><li>Waste time in lines </li></ul><ul><li>Make your “practice” employers obvious </li></ul><ul><li>Get overwhelmed by giveaways </li></ul><ul><li>Assume that if the Job Fair list isn’t inclusive of positions you wish to seek, that you’re out of luck </li></ul>
  7. 7. Do’s <ul><li>Take advantage of this opportunity to promote yourself to employers </li></ul><ul><li>Research the employers </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a prioritized plan before attending </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and practice your Personal Pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Use your “waiting” time productively </li></ul>
  8. 8. While you wait… <ul><li>Look for an opportunity to snag some company information off the recruiter’s table </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the pitch ahead of you, then customize your approach </li></ul>
  9. 9. Personal Pitch <ul><li>Can be described as your: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greeting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First impression </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Personal Pitch Components <ul><li>Eye Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Major </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework </li></ul><ul><li>Related Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the Company </li></ul><ul><li>The “Question” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Pitch Example <ul><li>(extend hand and greet) Good Afternoon, </li></ul><ul><li>My name is Amy O’Donnell. I’m a junior Information Systems major with skills in system design and networking. My courses have given me a terrific foundation; however, I’d like to apply what I’ve learned for the benefit of a company such as yours. Can you tell me how I might pursue opportunities with your company? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Before the Job Fair <ul><li>Attend workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Get your wardrobe in order </li></ul><ul><li>Brush up your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Create a business card </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Research, Research, Research </li></ul>
  13. 13. Research Resources <ul><li>Job Fair list of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Company websites </li></ul><ul><li>People in positions similar to those you wish to pursue </li></ul><ul><li>Carlson Library (on site or on the web) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Carlson Library Website Navigation <ul><li>From Carlson homepage, click Subject </li></ul><ul><li>OhioLink, click Business </li></ul><ul><li>OhioLink Database select Business </li></ul><ul><li> Source Complete </li></ul>
  15. 15. Make a lasting impression <ul><li>Develop your own “signature” </li></ul><ul><li>Make a return visit to your favorites </li></ul><ul><li>Follow through with your commitments—if you say you’ll follow up, do it ! </li></ul>
  16. 16. After the Job Fair <ul><li>Jot notes on your handout </li></ul><ul><li>Write thank-you’s to promising contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Perform any follow-up that’s been requested of you by recruiters </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a strategy for follow-through </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help if you are uncertain </li></ul>
  17. 17. Job Fair Resources <ul><li>CollgeGrad.com, http://www.collegegrad.com/jobsearch/11-0.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>JobWeb.com, Career Fairs articles, Search JobWeb (http://www.jobweb.com/search.aspx?searchtext=job%20fair) </li></ul>
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