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2011 How to Prepare for the First Avenue Career & Grad School Fair

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    2011 How to Prepare for the First Avenue Career & Grad School Fair 2011 How to Prepare for the First Avenue Career & Grad School Fair Presentation Transcript

    • How to Work a Career Fair
      2011 OLAPC 1st Ave Fair
    • 5 things you should know:
      Resumes get looked at between 5 – 30 seconds
      The average job search takes 6 – 9 months
      80% of jobs are never advertised
      You may have a job that doesn’t exist today
      You could have 7+ careers in your lifetime
    • Why Go To A Career Fair?
      You get to meet company representatives in person
      You get to make a first impression in person
      It is an excellent opportunity to practice both networking and interviewing skills
    • This Presentation Will Cover
      How to prepare for a career fair
      What to do when you get there
      What not to do when you’re there
      What to do after you leave
    • Before The Fair
      Identify 5 – 10 companies you want to speak with
      The companies you are interested in and others attending
      Your introduction by yourself, to your friends, and to strangers if possible
    • Nuts And Bolts
      Get a list of employers from event organizers
      Research employers using:
      Their websites: About Us, History, Mission
      Portland Business Journal
      Begin to develop your intro speech, know who you are and what you’re looking for.
    • What Do You Bring?
      A simple portfolio
      Plenty of resumes
      No backpacks
    • What Comes To Mind?
    • Two More . . .
    • Dress To Impress
      Employers evaluate you on appearance; show that you are a professional
      Appropriate professional attire
      Match your dress to event
      If you don’t have a suit – get one but...
      Nice pants and a dress shirt or blouse with dress shoes will work at a minimum.
      ◄ Don’t be these guys
      Don’t approach employers as a group
      Don’t wear jeans/t-shirts
    • Introductions Are Important
      Get good at:
      Making eye contact
      Offering a firm handshake
      Saying your name
      Introductions are critical and now it’s your turn...
    • When You Arrive At The Fair
      Register and check the list of employers present for changes
      Take a moment to settle in and review your plan
      Begin with a positive attitude – expect lines and hassles
      Always be kind and considerate, since anyone you meet might be a recruiter you'll see later that day
    • During The Fair
      Begin to work your plan
      Warm up with employers you weren’t planning on talking with
      When you’re ready, take a deep breath and approach your top choices
      Talk with the employers about your interests and ask questions
    • Questions To Ask Employers
      What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful in the “role I’m interested in”?
      Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?
      What things has your company accomplished of which you are especially proud?
      What is your hiring time line for this internship / job?
    • Questions To Never Ask Employers
      What does your company do?
      What can your company do for me?
      How many hours a day do you work?
      Any question about salary, vacation time, or benefits
      Any personal question
      Wanna get some coffee, sometime?
    • Before Leaving An Employer
      Get the recruiter's business card at the close of your meeting
      Ask how and when you should follow up
      Get more company information
      Thank recruiter for his/her time
    • Before Moving On
      Make notes about the recruiter, employer, and job
      These notes will be important later when you write your follow-up letters after the job fair
      Reflect on how the interaction went, what you learned, what you wish you would have said
      Mentally rehearse it for the next interaction and move to the next employer on your list
    • After The Fair: Follow Up!
      Organize all the material you received
      WRITE THANK YOU LETTERS!!!!– Recruiters are expecting them!
      Send within 24 Hours
      Your letter should again demonstrate how you would be a "good fit"
      You know what they're looking for
      If you talked to more than one person at one booth, send each recruiter you talked to a separate thank you
      Can you send Thank-You e-mails?
      E-mails are best used if the hiring time line is quick and you need immediate response
      It is recommended that you send hard copy follow up as well
      Make follow-up phone calls if recommended by recruiter
    • Where Is OCS Located?
    • Lower level Orrico Hall
    • Questions?