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How to Work a Career Fair<br />2011 OLAPC 1st Ave Fair<br />
5 things you should know:<br />Resumes get looked at between 5 – 30 seconds<br />The average job search takes 6 – 9 months...
Why Go To A Career Fair?	<br />You get to meet company representatives in person<br />You get to make a first impression i...
This Presentation Will Cover<br />How to prepare for a career fair<br />What to do when you get there<br />What not to do ...
Before The Fair<br />Plan<br />Identify 5 – 10 companies you want to speak with<br />Research<br />The companies you are i...
Nuts And Bolts<br />Get a list of employers from event organizers<br />Research employers using: <br />Their websites: Abo...
What Do You Bring?<br />A simple portfolio<br />Plenty of resumes<br />No backpacks<br />
What Comes To Mind? <br />
Two More . . .<br />
Dress To Impress<br />Employers evaluate you on appearance; show that you are a professional<br />Appropriate professional...
Introductions Are Important <br />Get good at: <br />Making eye contact<br />Smiling <br />Offering a firm handshake<br />...
When You Arrive At The Fair<br />Register and check the list of employers present for changes<br />Take a moment to settle...
During The Fair<br />Begin to work your plan<br />Warm up with employers you weren’t planning on talking with<br />When yo...
Questions To Ask Employers<br />What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful in the “role I’m inte...
Questions To Never Ask Employers<br />What does your company do?<br />What can your company do for me?<br />How many hours...
Before Leaving An Employer<br />Get the recruiter's business card at the close of your meeting<br />Ask how and when you s...
Before Moving On<br />Make notes about the recruiter, employer, and job<br />These notes will be important later when you ...
After The Fair: Follow Up!<br />Organize all the material you received<br />WRITE THANK YOU LETTERS!!!!– Recruiters are ex...
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  1. 1. How to Work a Career Fair<br />2011 OLAPC 1st Ave Fair<br />
  2. 2. 5 things you should know:<br />Resumes get looked at between 5 – 30 seconds<br />The average job search takes 6 – 9 months<br />80% of jobs are never advertised<br />You may have a job that doesn’t exist today<br />You could have 7+ careers in your lifetime<br />
  3. 3. Why Go To A Career Fair? <br />You get to meet company representatives in person<br />You get to make a first impression in person<br />It is an excellent opportunity to practice both networking and interviewing skills<br />
  4. 4. This Presentation Will Cover<br />How to prepare for a career fair<br />What to do when you get there<br />What not to do when you’re there<br />What to do after you leave<br />
  5. 5. Before The Fair<br />Plan<br />Identify 5 – 10 companies you want to speak with<br />Research<br />The companies you are interested in and others attending<br />Rehearse <br />Your introduction by yourself, to your friends, and to strangers if possible<br />
  6. 6. Nuts And Bolts<br />Get a list of employers from event organizers<br />Research employers using: <br />Their websites: About Us, History, Mission<br />Portland Business Journal<br />Google<br />Begin to develop your intro speech, know who you are and what you’re looking for.<br />
  7. 7. What Do You Bring?<br />A simple portfolio<br />Plenty of resumes<br />No backpacks<br />
  8. 8. What Comes To Mind? <br />
  9. 9. Two More . . .<br />
  10. 10. Dress To Impress<br />Employers evaluate you on appearance; show that you are a professional<br />Appropriate professional attire<br />Match your dress to event<br />If you don’t have a suit – get one but...<br />Nice pants and a dress shirt or blouse with dress shoes will work at a minimum.<br />◄ Don’t be these guys<br />Don’t approach employers as a group<br />Don’t wear jeans/t-shirts<br />
  11. 11. Introductions Are Important <br />Get good at: <br />Making eye contact<br />Smiling <br />Offering a firm handshake<br />Saying your name<br />Introductions are critical and now it’s your turn... <br />
  12. 12. When You Arrive At The Fair<br />Register and check the list of employers present for changes<br />Take a moment to settle in and review your plan<br />Begin with a positive attitude – expect lines and hassles <br />Always be kind and considerate, since anyone you meet might be a recruiter you'll see later that day <br />
  13. 13. During The Fair<br />Begin to work your plan<br />Warm up with employers you weren’t planning on talking with<br />When you’re ready, take a deep breath and approach your top choices<br />Talk with the employers about your interests and ask questions<br />
  14. 14. Questions To Ask Employers<br />What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful in the “role I’m interested in”?<br />Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here? <br />What things has your company accomplished of which you are especially proud?<br />What is your hiring time line for this internship / job?<br />
  15. 15. Questions To Never Ask Employers<br />What does your company do?<br />What can your company do for me?<br />How many hours a day do you work? <br />Any question about salary, vacation time, or benefits<br />Any personal question<br />Wanna get some coffee, sometime? <br />
  16. 16. Before Leaving An Employer<br />Get the recruiter's business card at the close of your meeting<br />Ask how and when you should follow up<br />Get more company information<br />Thank recruiter for his/her time<br />
  17. 17. Before Moving On<br />Make notes about the recruiter, employer, and job<br />These notes will be important later when you write your follow-up letters after the job fair<br />Reflect on how the interaction went, what you learned, what you wish you would have said<br />Mentally rehearse it for the next interaction and move to the next employer on your list<br />
  18. 18. After The Fair: Follow Up!<br />Organize all the material you received<br />WRITE THANK YOU LETTERS!!!!– Recruiters are expecting them!<br />Send within 24 Hours<br />Your letter should again demonstrate how you would be a "good fit" <br />You know what they're looking for<br />If you talked to more than one person at one booth, send each recruiter you talked to a separate thank you<br />Can you send Thank-You e-mails? <br />E-mails are best used if the hiring time line is quick and you need immediate response<br />It is recommended that you send hard copy follow up as well<br />Make follow-up phone calls if recommended by recruiter <br />
  19. 19. Where Is OCS Located?<br />
  20. 20. Lower level Orrico Hall<br />
  21. 21. Questions?<br />
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