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Jobs: Ready, Set, Hired! - A Guide to the University Career Fair

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Career fair coming up? Don't fret! We've got you covered with tips that will help you #LandTheJob!

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Jobs: Ready, Set, Hired! - A Guide to the University Career Fair

  1. 1. Written By Gala Jackson
  2. 2. SO, YOUR UNIVERSITY IS HAVING A CAREER FAIR...
  3. 3. AND YOU FEEL A LITTLE LOST, ANXIOUS, WORRIED.
  4. 4. Have no fear, is here.
  5. 5. 1 / GET READY... FIRST THINGS FIRST: DO YOUR RESEARCH
  6. 6. STALK THEM. (in the non-creepy sense) No.1 • Review who will be at the career fair and follow the companies you’re interested in on social media. • Explore the job opportunities with each employer and study their: vision, mission, strategic plan and culture. • Connect with company recruiters on LinkedIn. • Make sure your profiles have a professional headshot and you’re sharing relevant industry-related content.
  7. 7. UPDATE YOUR professional documents 1 / GET READY...
  8. 8. WHO ARE YOU? A FEW WRITTEN TALKING POINTS • Remember: Where’s your resume taking you? • Use your objective statement as your 30-second elevator pitch (summary of qualifications). • You can include relevant coursework, like projects and research, as experience. • Proof read for any typos or grammatical errors before you print it on resume paper.
  9. 9. DRESS FOR SUCCESS 2 / GET SET...
  10. 10. HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES (select the appropriate attire) No.2 • Select attire in neutral colors such as black, grey, navy, or tan. • Add a pop of color with a cami or jewelry for girls and a tie, cuf flinks, or pocket square for guys. • Wear comfortable dress shoes. • Practice your handshake.
  11. 11. 30 SECOND IMPRESSION (your elevator pitch) 2 / GET SET...
  12. 12. INTRODUCE YOURSELF: “Hi, my name is...” TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE: “I’m a third year student at... and I am stuyding...” MAKE THE CONNECTION: “I understand that your company is known for...” TELL THEM WHY YOU’RE THERE: “I’m passionate about ... and would like to pursue a career in the ... field. As a result, I’m seeking a job opportunity in ... that will allow to .... within your company.” PRACTICE YOUR PITCH. (the highlights of you) No.3
  13. 13. 3 / GET HIRED! DURING THE CAREER FAIR
  14. 14. BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT. (things to remember during the fair) No.4 • Give a solid handshake • Deliver a dynamic elevator pitch (Practice makes perfect) • Ask specific questions about the company and position(s) • Discuss your qualifications • Establish a meaningful connection; tell the recruiter why you are interested in their organization • Take notes on pertinent information • Make sure you obtain contact information for a follow-up
  15. 15. 3 / GET HIRED! • Follow up with a thank you note • Start applying for desired position(s) online • Connect with the recruiters on LinkedIn AFTER THE FAIR

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