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2009 Career Fair Preparation

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  • Career Fair Prep
    Develop your future
  • 2009 Fall Career Fair
    When: September 29, 2009
    Where: SDC Multipurpose Room
    Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • A Successful Approach
    Develop a strategy
    Solid resume
    Practice your interview skills
    Dress appropriately
    Understand employers’ expectations
    Use available resources
    Upload resume to NACElink
  • Bring to the Job Fair?
    Copies of resumes
    Professional notepad/pen and notes
    Firm handshake
    Your calendar
    Research the companies
    Confident and enthusiastic attitude
    A polished, professional appearance
  • Choose the right employers!
    Reviewed registered employers on Career Services website: www.career.mtu.edu
    Develop a “target list”
    Categorize employers into A,B, and C lists
    Practice on one of the C list employers
    Then hit you’re A list
    Don’t stand in line too long
  • Research the Employers
    Hoover’s Online
    Dun & Bradstreet (dnb.com)
    Fortune’s 500 Biggest Companies
    Bus. Week’s & Forbes’ 100 Best small Companies
    National, local, and trade specific publications
  • A Solid Resume
    Your “ticket” to an interview
    A resource for filling out applications
    Evidence of what you have done
    A conversation starter
    Different for the college grad vs. someone with years of experience
  • A Strong Resume?
    Consider the following categories
    Objective(what you want to do)
    Education(schools, locations, degree,
    dates, GPA, relevant courses)
    Project Experiences (Capstone, hobbies coursework)
    Work Experiences (paid, unpaid, volunteer)
    Skills(Computer, Technical, Language)
    Accomplishments(don’t be shy)
  • Utilize NACElink
    • Post your resume
    • Search for jobs
    By keyword (major, title, etc.)
    By employer
    • Apply for jobs
    Secure interviews
  • Info-mercial
    • Develop a 1-minute infomercial about your experience, skills, talent, and job objective.
    • First impressions are important! Introduce yourself using some of these topics:
    Degree, major, and minor
    Grade point average
    Work, co-op and internship experience
    Knowledge of company!
  • Mock Info-mercial
  • Dress for Success
    Dressing Tips For Men
    Suit: Dark blue, brown or gray
    Shirt: White, light blue
    Tie: Contrasting (with some red)
    Shoes: (Black or brown)
    Belt: Matches shoes,
    socks match slacks
    Hair: Trimmed or pulled back
    Avoid: Earrings, hats, heavy cologne
  • Dress for Success
    Dressing Tips For Women
    Skirt/Slacks: Dark blue, brown, gray
    Blouse: Light colored, not floral
    Shoes: Conservative
    Hair: Pulled away from face
    Tight or revealing clothing
    Shoes with straps, high heels, light colored
    Excessive jewelry, perfume and make up
  • Employers look forSKILLS & EXPERIENCES
    Planning and managing projects
    Building relationships
    Analyze and evaluate data
    Engage in continuous learning
    Communicate through persuasion and justification
    Seek global understanding
    Mentor others
    Build a team
    Create new knowledge
  • The InterviewThe next day
    Perspective >
    Preparation >
    Practice >
    Performance >
  • The Perspective
    Employers are looking for the answer to three questions:
    • Does the job-seeker have the skills and abilities to perform the job?
    • Does the job-seeker possess the enthusiasm and work ethic that the employer expects?
    • Will the job-seeker be a team player and fit into the organization?
  • Perspective
    • Recruiter’s actually want you to do well
    • An interview should be approached as a conversation
    • They are much more interested in your “why’s” and your “how’s” than your “what’s”
  • The Prep Work
    Anticipate questions
    • Any insider information?
    • Thoroughly review the job description
    • Know the “ins and outs” of everything on
    your resume, and more
    • Review the hundreds of sample questions
    available on the web
  • Preparation
    Traditional Questions:
    Be concise, explain answers, give examples!
    Behavioral Questions:
    Describe situation thoroughly, enough for the interviewer to understand
    Focus on YOUR actions. Why did you take a specific action? How did you decide what action to take?
    What were the results? What did you accomplish and learn?
    What do you want them to know about you????
  • Preparation
    Research the employer
    • Showcase your knowledge of employer services, trends, accomplishments, competitors, financial health, and NEEDS
    • Corporate websites, annual reports,
    third-party resources
    • Networking
  • Preparation
    Questions to ask the employer:
    • Ask about a specific project you know the company is working on.
    • What is the company’s biggest challenge at this time.
    • Where would the company like to be in 5 years?
    • Ask about advancement opportunities
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
    • Develop response outlines for thoughtful rather than rambling answers
    • Focus on positive, specific examples
    • Practice helps to reinforce memory
    • Practice fine tunes responses
    • 2-3 mock interviews before the real thing
  • Performance
    • Display energy, confidence, and respect
    • Listen carefully
    • Body language: eye contact, gestures, posture
    • Chemistry, make a connection: Remember, it’s a conversation
    • Employers are much more interested in your “why’s” and your “how’s” than your “what’s”
    • Concise answers, explain answers, provide examples to complete “picture”
    • Don’t ramble: Know what 1 to 1.5 minutes feels like
  • Performance
    At the end of the interview:
    - Thank them for their time/information
    - Ask for a business card
    - Send a thank you note within 24-48 hrs.
  • It is Raffle time