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SWE Career Fair Prep

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How to work a college engineering career fair

How to work a college engineering career fair

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  • 1. Career Fairs: An Engineer’s Guide
    University of Portland – Office of Career Services
  • 2. 5 Terrifying Facts:
    Resumes get looked at between 5-30 SECONDS
    The average job search takes 6 - 9 MONTHS
    80% of jobs are never advertised
    You are likely to have a job that doesn’t exist today
    You will have 7+ careers in your lifetime
  • 3. This presentation will cover:
    Preparation – the key to success
    Working the event – do’s / don’ts
    Following up – the secret to getting that job / internship
  • 4. Why go to a career fair?
    Meet recruiters in person
    “Accidentally” find an awesome company
    Practice introducing yourself
    Meet recruiters in person
  • 5. Preparation = Success
    What you do before a fair is almost more important than the event itself
    Knowing the companies and their specialties helps you stand out from other, less informed candidates
    Don’t ever ask: “What does your company do?” Research companies!
  • 6. What Does Research Look Like?
    Take the list of employer’s and . . .
    Google them – Look for articles, facts, things not on their website
    Know the company website
    Begin to develop a target list
    What companies look interesting, who’s doing what you want to do?
    Single out a top 5 list of companies to research more than others
  • 7. Resumes: Bring The A Game
    Remember it has 5-30 seconds!
    Meet with a Career Services Staff Member to revise and refine your resume
    Include academic projects that demonstrate skills you will use in the internship or job
    Free of errors, readable font, resume paper
  • 8. Develop an intro speech
    20-30 Second Introduction (mini speech)
    What goes in it? – The 5 Question Structure
    Who am I? (introduce yourself)
    When are you graduating?
    What job or career am I interested in?
    What makes me different from the competition?
    Look to Answer: "Why should I hire you?"
  • 9. Intro speech do’s and don’ts
    Do Make your speech sound effortless and conversational
    Do project passion for what you do
    Do maintain eye contact
    Do be prepared to wrap up early if the recruiter stops you
    Do focus on how you will help the employer
    Don’t focus just on yourself
    Don’t hesitate to develop different versions of your speech
    Don’t let your speech sound memorized
    Don’t ramble, know the 3 or 4 main things you want to discuss and speak with clarity
  • 10. What to bring:
    A simple Portfolio
    Plenty of Resumes
    No Backpacks
  • 11. Dress like a professional, Please
  • 12. Professional dress sends a message
    How you present yourself says more about you than your initial greeting
    Before you even say hello, employers are assessing you based on dress and attitude
    Dressing up to go “out” ≠ Professional dress
    Inappropriate dress will not be admitted at the fair
    You know this ahead of time ! Use it to your advantage; appear professional
  • 13. At the fair
    You will sign in by year in school
    Take a moment, breath deep and relax
    Begin by speaking with a company not in your top 5 to warm up
    Expect lines and BE NICE TO EVERYONE
  • 14. What’s going well in this picture?
  • 15. When you approach an employer
    Smile, make eye contact, offer a firm handshake and introduce yourself
    If someone is already at the company table when you approach, respect the other candidate's privacy and wait for him/her to finish
    Give your intro speech and engage in conversation, questions, and answers
  • 16. Questions to ask employers
    Four go-to questions to ask:
    What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within your organization?
    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 timeline for filling this position?
  • 17. Questions to never ask employers
    Under the don’t be that guy/girl category:
    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?
  • 18. Before leaving an employers table
    Get a business card
    Ask how and when you should follow up
    Get more company info
    Thank the recruiter
  • 19. Organize Reflect Return!
    Move away from the recruiter and make notes on the business card
    These will help you write thank you notes
    Reflect on what went well and what to improve
    Organize all the materials you’ve received and move on!
  • 20. After the fair
    Write thank you letters – Recruiters are expecting them!
    Send within 24 hours
    This is your chance to highlight your skills and reference the conversation notes you made
    Describe again how you’ll be a great fit
    If there was more than 1 recruiter you spoke with, everyone gets a thank-you
  • 21. Resources
    Career Services Office
    Orrico Hall Lower Level (503) 943-7201
    UP Career Connections – Online recruiting resource
    Resume assistance, Career planning, more good stuff than you can imagine.
    WALK IN HOURS: M-W 2-4pm, Tr-F 10-12
  • 22. Questions?

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