Talking Points:Who has been to Career Fair before? What do you hope to learn today?Why are you going to this Fair?
Talking Points:Why this fair is different – First, it is specifically for master’s and phd students – MBA’s are not invited, and most organizations are seeking students who have an advanced degree either for their transferrable skills or for their particular skills. Companies coming range from pharma companies and policy think tanks, to consulting firms, insurance and IP law firms. There is a wide range of employers seeking students/postdocs with your skills. Also – this is a consortium event – Duke stands out – represent well.
Talking Points:Typical dress for females/malesResume/CV tipsResearch tipsPractice your commercial (commercial script HANDOUT)Other: Tips from Recruiters: http://youtu.be/RJNpP-7U4Uk?t=13s
Talking Points:See handout—Guidelines for Professional Dress
Talking Points: Depending on the type of position, you will want to tailor your resume/CV accordinglyUpdated resume/CV that reflects your desired interest– with key words, relevant experience and skills, etc.
Talking Points:Last graduate drop-in for fall 2013 will be Tuesday, Nov. 26th at Smith 2-4pmTypically, Bryan Center drop-ins are held the last Friday of the month.
Talking Points: Research Employers using different sources:For instance, CareerBeam, Hoovers, Glassdoor.com, and LinkediIn (among other social media sites)Know employers’ mission and what type of positions are availableHow might you fit?
Talking Points:Be prepared to wait in line Don’t be offended if they ask you to forward your resume online!Do what they tell you to do. Ifyou are nervous, first talk to companies that you aren’t as interested in and warm up for those are your target list.
Talking Points:First impression is a lasting impression!Firm handshakeGood eye contactSmile!Being genuine!
Talking Points:Commercials are made to sell things, and you are marketing your strengths and talents to potential employers.30-second commercials are good to use at networking or industry events as well as when talking to recruiters or hiring managers at career fairs. Take the time to develop your script so that you are comfortable talking with anyone. Your speech should be memorable and effective and create interest on the part of the listener.
Talking Points:Be authentic/genuineAsk questions that allow you to get an idea of how you might “fit”; what the organization is looking for in their ideal candidate.Ask questions about the hiring process or training programs, i.e. internships, LDPs.Ask questions that allow you to evaluate the “attractiveness” of the company/organization.Some potential questions; open ended vs. yes/noSOURCE: http://www.quintcareers.com/career_fair_questions.html
Talking Points:Don’t chew gumDon’t fidgetDon’t smell like smokeDon’t be misled into thinking the fair is a social event
Talking Points:Follow-up; letting them know you followed throughAvoid spelling & grammatical errorsThe real world is not organized by major or minor.Display your interpersonal and communication skills. Act professionally at all times
Talking Points:The real world is not organized by major or minor.Stand out…in a GOOD way.Recruiters want to talk to YOU – take advantage!Display your interpersonal and communication skills. Connect + Personality and ability Act professionally at all times Confidence: “Fake it until you make it!”
Maximizing Your Time at the Career Fair
MAXIMIZING YOUR TIME AT THE
November 18, 2013
Facilitator: Tammy J. Samuels
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services
13th Annual North Carolina Master’s &
PhD Career Fair 2013
Thursday, November 21
12 pm to 4 pm
• Location: The Friday Center at UNCChapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Employer Information Sessions held 12:30-4
• What We Will Cover Today:
– Dress, Resumes, Research, Introductions,
Follow-Up, Career Fair Don’ts
Why Should I Go?
• Employment opportunities specifically for
Master’s & PhD students and postdocs
• Networking Opportunity
– Make a good in-person impression!
• Learn about organizations and industries
– Learn more about employers than you can
learn from the website
How to Prepare
DRESS to impress
Make your RESUME/CV top notch
Do your RESEARCH
Practice your INTRODUCTION
Develop a Follow-up
Business Formal Men
Black or Navy Suit
Matching belt. Socks to match pant color.
Business Formal Women
Black, navy or tan suit or sheath dress with jacket
Conservative blouse or top
Knee-length skirt or suit pants
Closed-toe heel (pump or sling back) or dress flat of a quality
** Dress for the job
Career Fair Attire
Source:Tarelton State University Career Services
Multiple copies AND variety to fit
CIA, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Rho Inc., RTI,
Kelly Scientific, and Teach for America to name a
Update your Resume/CV and have it
reviewed prior to the Fair
– Drop-ins every Tues. & Wed. 2-4pm
(while class is in session); Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, 2nd
– Resume Reviews at the Bryan Center
• Wed. Nov. 20th 2-4pm (in lieu of Smith Warehouse drop-ins)
- Schedule an appointment with Molly Starback
• List of Employers
– Duke Cheat Sheet
• NC Master’s & PhD Career Fair
• Plan your Day
– Info Sessions
– Prioritize Employers
Your Plan-5 Steps
• Step 1: Identify employers, timing, and start visiting
• Step 2: Introduce yourself with confidence
• Step 3: Ask informed questions
• Step 4: Thank the recruiter, ask for business card
• Step5: Make notes when you leave the booth
• Survey the landscape
• Prioritize employers & visit
organizations you researched and/or
are interested in
• Introduce yourself with confidence
– Nonverbal: Handshake, Smile, etc.
• Bring a padfolio
– Verbal: “30 second commercial”
30 Second Commercial
Also known as an “elevator speech,” the commercial is your first
chance to introduce yourself to someone and give them a short
synopsis of your skills and experience with the goal of getting
them to ask you for more information.
What are the Main Elements of the Networking Commercial?
By answering these questions, you can begin to craft your
• Who am I? What value do I bring? Identify yourself in terms of
a job function or value you can contribute.
• What benefits might you bring to an organization, based upon
your strengths and qualities and proven accomplishments?
• End your commercial with a question that will stimulate
further action and/or referral.
Source: Adapted from UMBC Career Center (http://www.careers.umbc.edu/skills/network/30sec.php)
Ask Informed Questions
– Informed Strategic Questions:
“I noticed you have a health assessment group and a health policy
group, what are the key differences between the two?
“What kinds of skills or experience do you look for in who you hire?”
– Strategic Planning Questions:
“What have other postdocs from Novartis gone on to do?”
– Key Company Information Questions:
“What is the organizational culture like at Gallup? How is it
different from other management consulting companies?”
Step 4 & 5
•Thank the representative for their time
and express appreciation.
•Get their Business Card
•Make notes when you leave the booth
Career Fair Don’ts
Don’t be TOO aggressive!
Don’t be CLINGY!
Don’t travel in PACKS!
After the Fair
•What do you do?
– Evaluate your experience and plan for the next step
• What was positive/negative? How was your “commercial”
received? What might you change?
– Follow up with a sincere thank you letter
Do’s & Don’ts:
• Do: Be Prompt, Specific, and Succinct
• Do: Follow this structure:
– Paragraph 1: Express gratitude
– Paragraph 2: Reiterate why you’re a perfect “fit”
• Don’t get discouraged if a company never responds
Evaluate your experience and plan for the next step
– Visit the Career Center Resource Room for
Resume/CV Review during Drop-Ins or
– Make an appointment with a Career
Counselor, Call: (919) 660-1050 M-F, 9-5
– Postdocs – email Molly.Starback@duke.edu
to schedule an appointment
• Please complete the workshop evaluation
Thank you for coming!
Duke Career Center
Phone: (919) 660-1061