First avenue career & grad school fair prep

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  • 1. HOW TO WORK A CAREER FAIRFirst Ave. Career Fair 3/2/2012
  • 2. TODAY’S AGENDA: Preparing to get the most from the career fair  Before, During, and After What to expect when you’re there How to follow up after the event Questions you have
  • 3. BEFORE THE FAIR Plan  Identify 5 -10 companies you want to speak with Research  The companies you are interested in and others attending Rehearse  Your introduction by yourself, to your friends, and to strangers if possible
  • 4. BEFORE CONTINUED . . . Get a list of employers from event organizers Research employers using:  Their websites: About Us, History, Mission  Portland Business Journal  Google Begin to develop your intro speech, know who you are and what you’re looking for.
  • 5. WHAT TO BRING A simple portfolio Plenty of “A Game” resumes No backpacks
  • 6. WHAT TO WEAR 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.
  • 7. CAREER FAIR DRESS FAILS
  • 8. INTRODUCTIONS ARE IMPORTANT Get good at:  Making eye contact  Smiling  Offering a firm handshake  Saying your name Introductions are critical and now it’s your turn.
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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?
  • 11. 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?
  • 12. BEFORE LEAVING AN EMPLOYER Get the recruiters 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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 theyre 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
  • 15. QUESTIONS?