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  • You have to be able to tell recruiters what you want them to know. They don’t know you. If you don’t tell them what you can do, what you’re interested in, and a little bit about your background (to make yourself memorable & stand out from the crowd), no one else can…
  • You have to be able to tell recruiters what you want them to know. They don’t know you. If you don’t tell them what you can do, what you’re interested in, and a little bit about your background (to make yourself memorable & stand out from the crowd), no one else can…
  • shows prospective employers your interest in the company and position -- and gives you another chance to sell your qualifications . Some job-seekers fear sounding desperate or annoying when making follow-up inquiries, but as long as you do it right, you will come across as interested Follow up by phone or email (address email to hiring manage) timely fashion -- usually a week to 10 days for conventional job-searching, sooner for online applications If you apply online for a position, consider following-up the online application with a cover letter and resume sent to the hiring manager via regular mail. Translate your skills into a company need Provide the hiring manager with specific information relating to his or her company
  • How To Effectively Attend A Career Fair

    1. 1. How To Effectively Prepare For, and Attend, A Career Fair Presented by Career Services Center
    2. 2. Prepare, Perform, and Follow Through! <ul><li>8 Tips to Succeed at the Health Science and Social Services Career Fair… </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a Résumé </li></ul><ul><li>Target top five companies </li></ul><ul><li>Create list of questions for employers </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare to answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate personal/professional strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Make a good first impression </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Through </li></ul>
    3. 3. Prepare an Outstanding one-page Résumé <ul><li>Bring hard copies and a thumb/flash drive </li></ul><ul><li>List of References </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be surprised if recruiters don’t take your resume but advise you to apply on-line </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for tips on how to stand-out in the application process </li></ul>
    4. 4. Have a name card to pass out
    5. 5. Employers attending HSSS <ul><li>ACES, Behavioral Interventionists, Skills Trainers, Part-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Aliamanu Elementary School & Aliamanu Middle School , Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Air Force ROTC, Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>  Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, Director of Programs Aministrative Assistant (Federal Work Study), Program Intern (BSW), Program Practicant (MSW),  Full-time, Part-time, Internship </li></ul><ul><li>American Lung Association in Hawaii, Health Educator Assistant (posted on HPU Connect), Internship & Volunteers, Part-Time, Internship, Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Blood Bank of Hawaii, Nursing Services Specialist, Telephone Recruiters, Laboratory Assistants, Full-Time, Part-Time </li></ul><ul><li>F.B.I., Special Agent, Professional Staff,Interns, Full-Time, Internship </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, RNs, CNAs, LPNs, etc., Full-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii Medical Center, Multiple positions including RNs, Ward Clerk, Nurse Aide, etc., Full-Time, Part-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii Pacific University – AmeriCorps*VISTA, Internship, AmeriCorps*VISTA </li></ul><ul><li>Kaiser Permanente, Staff Nurses, Hospital Aides, Ward Clerks, Medical Assistants, Administrative, Full-time, Part-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Kalihi Palama Health Center – Downtown </li></ul><ul><li>   Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, Teaching Positions: MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, LSAT, GRE or SAT exams, Part-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Kauai Police Department, Police Services Officer, Public Safety Worker, Full-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Kupu – Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, HYCC summer program: Team Leader, HYCC summer program: Member </li></ul><ul><li>  National Security Agency, Computer Scientist, Computer/Electrical Engineer, Mathematician Language Analyst, Full-Time, Internships </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA Commission Officer Corp, Junior Officer, Full-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Queen’s Medical Center, Part-Time, Social Security Administration, Service Representative Claims Representative, Full-Time </li></ul><ul><li>University Clinical, Education & Research Associates (UCERA) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Navy Officer Programs, All science fields & any technical degrees, Full-Time </li></ul>Visit
    6. 6. Strategize… <ul><ul><li>Think about your purpose (a job or internships/COOPS, or industry or company research) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use time wisely by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prioritizing “must </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meet” employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A-list employers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>B-list employers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>C-list </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Preparation <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare a list of questions for each A and B list employer </li></ul></ul>• Access the website and Google the company • Access Hoovers Online ( and ) • Pacific Business News (online ) • Hawaii Business (online )
    8. 8. Preparation <ul><li>Prepare & practice 30-second “commercial” </li></ul>
    9. 9. Sample Introduction (30-second elevator speech or commercial) <ul><li>1. In one sentence articulate who you are… </li></ul><ul><li>Hello, I am Anita Job, I’m a junior nursing student at Hawai‘i Pacific University. </li></ul><ul><li>2. What are you looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>I’m looking for an internship in a healthcare facility working in the ER to add to my clinical experience. </li></ul><ul><li>3. What have you done? (List 1-2 experiences that are relevant to what you are looking for… </li></ul><ul><li>I have completed 150 clinical hours in three different </li></ul><ul><li>emergency rooms at three different hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>and also work as a Certified Nursing Assistant for a long </li></ul><ul><li>term health care facility. </li></ul>
    10. 10. 30-Second Commercial or “Elevator Speech” <ul><li>Hi, my name is Mateo Hernandez. I’m studying marketing at HPU and I’m looking for a full time marketing position. I have prepared myself for a career in marketing by gaining invaluable real-world experience that included travel abroad, internships, and entrepreneurial opportunities. While interning with a private organization in Ecuador this past summer, I developed a 15-page marketing plan composed in Spanish that recommended more effective ways the company could promote its services. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Prepare to make a good first impression! <ul><li>Dress in Business Casual </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the heavy backpack behind (with a friend, at Career Services Center, at home) </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a portfolio </li></ul>
    12. 12. Business Casual <ul><li>For women: </li></ul><ul><li>Skirt, tailored slacks, dress in neutral colors </li></ul><ul><li>Professional-looking blouse </li></ul><ul><li>Close-toed shoes </li></ul><ul><li>For men: </li></ul><ul><li>Slacks </li></ul><ul><li>Solid or striped button down, collared shirts, short or long sleeved </li></ul><ul><li>Aloha shirt if appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Dress Shoes </li></ul>Inappropriate: short skirts, jeans, tight clothing, sundresses, open-toed high heels, facial piercing jewelry, cleavage, flashy, thin straps, club attire, beach attire
    13. 13. This is the time to sell yourself! <ul><li>Prepare to answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to sell yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Identify personal/professional strengths you want to communicate </li></ul>
    14. 14. You’re on… <ul><li>Practice with your B-list employers </li></ul>
    15. 15. Introduce Yourself <ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Convey confidence and approachability </li></ul><ul><li>Offer your hand </li></ul>
    16. 16. A Good Handshake… <ul><li>One or two pumps </li></ul><ul><li>Firm but not too hard </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Hands should meet at the “webbing” </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Shake hands firmly and smile </li></ul><ul><li>Begin your 30 second commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Watch tempo and tone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not too loud – not too soft! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask Pertinent Questions </li></ul>
    18. 18. You’re on… <ul><li>Impress with your professional attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Ask and answer questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the top skills in X position? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the entry level position at ABC? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate your top skills (tailored to the company/position) and personal/professional strengths </li></ul>
    19. 19. Professional Attitude <ul><li>Show confidence! </li></ul><ul><li>Show interest and knowledge (of the company, of industry, of your subject matter) </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite and pleasant </li></ul>
    20. 20. If you’re an undergraduate… <ul><li>Ask about internship, COOP, summer employment or scholarship opportunities </li></ul>
    21. 21. End smoothly… <ul><li>Thank the employer for his/her time </li></ul><ul><li>Get a business card, company literature </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for protocol to follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Jot down a few notes about your conversation (unobtrusively) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t monopolize the recruiter </li></ul>
    22. 22. After the Career Fair: Follow up on all conversations! <ul><li>Send a Thank You note to communicate your interest and appreciation </li></ul><ul><li>Be professional but persistent </li></ul><ul><li>Separate yourself from the rest </li></ul>