Good eveningJob fair is here…What to do at a career fair
Changing things around tonightHave raffle firstPractice infomercial
185 companies in attendance as compared to about 153 last fallThe employers are hiring this year.
What is a career fair?Meeting between you and employerOpportunity for you to meet employersLearn about employersPersuade them that you are the oneGiant networking opportunity
Confidence is weakEmployers have $ to hire, rent space and build inventoryImports are upPOSITIVE SIGNSComponents for growth are presentBanks have $Companies have $Consumers budgets are in good shapeWhen confidence turns so will the economyDow has been up around 11,000Could be a sudden upswingKiplinger Letter 8/20/2010
Approach to job fairNeed a strategy DO NOT WING IT.Is your resume ready?How about your interview skills?Are your clothes clean and do they fit?Do you know which employers will be there?You have a lot of very helpful resources available to you…use them
Resumes 20+ dependsTranscripts 5Handshake – perpendicular to groundCalendar plot your time allowanceResearch as many companies as possibleBe confident without be arrogantLook as though you want the job
Keyword searchApply on lineDo not need a fancy resume. Need a solid, easy to read resume
Companies have jobs listed in NACElinkSome companies are not coming to job fair but are coming to campus after fairMonitor NACElink everyday
The number one problems employers have with students is that they are not researching their companies.How seriously do you want to work for their company?
Strategy for job fairReview companies coming to fairTarget list3 categoriesA,B,C8-10 on A for top researchGet a binderDevelop info-mercialTest on CHit you’re a list peopleDon’t stand in long linesMaximize your time
Main source of information is the company’s website.Print off information. Write down comments, notes
30-60 seconds introduction of yourselfMarketing yourself.Playing sports trying out for a professional team
Top things companies looking forSchool (target, major, degree, gpa0Co-op, internshipProject managementTechnical background with a liberal arts/business background
Can you do more than one job?Enthusiastic?Team player?
Outline of an infomercialTake notice of company info
Energy, confidenceEye contactBody language crossed arms or hands in pocketsDO NOT RAMBLE3 steps situation, solution, and outcome
Now time to practiceMaterial on back tableInfo on infomercialsTry it out on a volunteer…get the butterflies out
Top companies send thank you notes
Fall 2010 Career Fair Prep
Career Fair Prep Seminar<br />A Strategic Plan for the Career Fair<br />
Consumers are getting their budgets in order</li></ul>When businesses feel secure about the economy, the upswing could be swift<br />In a matter of months, the fear and uncertainty will fade and stronger growth will reemerge<br />Information taken from “The Kiplinger Letter” , Vol. 87, No. 34, <br /> Aug 20, 2010<br />Overall : Yes, the employers are hiring, but strategically.<br />
A Successful Approach<br />Develop a strategy<br />Fine tune your resume<br />Practice your interview skills<br />Dress appropriately<br />Understand employers’ expectations<br />Use available resources<br />
What to bring to the job fair?<br />Copies of resumes<br />Transcripts<br />Professional notepad/pen and notes<br />Firm handshake<br />Your calendar<br />Research on the companies<br />Confident and enthusiastic attitude<br />A polished, professional appearance<br />
Dress for Success<br />Dressing Tips For Men<br />Suit: Dark blue, brown or gray<br />Shirt: White, light blue<br />Tie: Contrasting (with some red)<br />Shoes: Black or Brown<br />Belt: Matches shoes and socks<br /> (socks match slacks)<br />Hair: Trimmed or pulled back<br /> Avoid:<br />Earrings<br />Hats<br />Heavy cologne<br />
Dress for Success<br />Dressing Tips For Women<br />Skirt/Slacks: Dark blue, brown, gray<br />Blouse: Light colored, not floral<br />Shoes: Conservative<br />Hair: Pulled away from face<br /> Avoid:<br />Tight or revealing clothing<br />Shoes with straps, high heels, light colored<br />Excessive jewelry, perfume and make up<br />
A Solid Resume<br />Your “ticket” to an interview<br />A resource for filling out applications<br />Evidence of what you have done<br />A conversation starter<br />Different for the college grad vs. someone with years of experience<br />
Utilize NACElink<br /><ul><li>Post your resume
Search for jobs</li></ul> By keyword (major, title, etc.)<br /> By employer<br /><ul><li>Apply for jobs</li></ul> Secure interviews<br />
Preparation<br />Research the employer<br /><ul><li>Find out employer’s services, trends, accomplishments, competitors, financial health, and NEEDS
Corporate websites, annual reports,</li></ul> third-party resources<br /><ul><li>Networking </li></li></ul><li>Choose the right employers!<br />Reviewed registered employers on Career Services website: www.career.mtu.edu<br />Develop a “target list”<br />Categorize employers into A, B, and C lists<br />Research at least your top 8 – 10 employers<br />Practice your info-mercial on one of the C list employers<br />Then hit you’re A list<br />Don’t stand in line too long<br />
Research the Employers<br />Employer’s Website<br />Hoover’s Online<br />Dun & Bradstreet (dnb.com)<br />Fortune’s 500 Biggest Companies<br />Bus. Week’s & Forbes’ 100 Best Small Companies<br />Google<br />National, local, and trade specific publications<br />USAJobs.org<br />
Skills and Experiences in Demand<br />Co-op/Internship Experience<br />Consolidation of skills<br />Project Management<br />Team Building<br />Communication Skills (oral & written)<br />International<br />Technical, Liberal Arts and Business<br />Flexibility – slide from one job to another<br />Problem Solving/Analytical Skills<br />Confidence<br />
The Perspective<br />Employers are looking for the answer to three questions: <br /><ul><li>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?</li></li></ul><li>The “Info-mercial”<br /><ul><li>Develop a 30-60 seconds infomercial about your experience, skills, talent, and job objective.
First impressions are important! Introduce yourself using some of these topics:</li></ul>Name<br />Degree, major, and minor<br />Grade point average<br />Work, co-op and internship experience<br />Leadership<br />Projects<br />Knowledge of company!<br />
Performance<br /><ul><li>Display energy, confidence, and respect
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 the “picture”
Don’t ramble: Know what 1 to 1.5 minutes feels like</li></li></ul><li>Compose Your Infomercial<br />Material available at tables<br />Develop an outline for your infomercial<br />Rehearse your infomercial<br />Practice, Practice, Practice and Practice<br />Try out your infomercial on a volunteer, tonight!<br />
Performance<br />At the end of the interview:<br /> - Thank them for their time/information<br /> - Ask for a business card<br />- Send a thank you note within 24-48 hrs.<br />
Your Turn to Practice<br />Use what you learned tonight, the handout resources, and the paper/pencils on the tables behind you to compose your infomercial.<br />Raise your hand if you have questions!<br />Volunteers located around the perimeter of the room if you’d like to try your infomercial out right now.<br />Time to Practice<br />