2009 Career Fair PreparationPresentation Transcript
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 Transcripts 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 Website Hoover’s Online Dun & Bradstreet (dnb.com) Fortune’s 500 Biggest Companies Bus. Week’s & Forbes’ 100 Best small Companies Google National, local, and trade specific publications USAJobs.org
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)
Post your resume
Search for jobs
By keyword (major, title, etc.) By employer
Apply for jobs
Develop a 1-minute infomercial about your experience, skills, talent, and job objective.
First impressions are important! Introduce yourself using some of these topics:
Name Degree, major, and minor Grade point average Work, co-op and internship experience Leadership Projects Knowledge of company!
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 Avoid: 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?
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,
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
Display energy, confidence, and respect
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.