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2009 Career Fair Preparation


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2009 Career Fair Preparation

  1. Career Fair Prep<br />Develop your future<br />
  2. 2009 Fall Career Fair<br /> When: September 29, 2009<br /> Where: SDC Multipurpose Room<br /> Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm<br />
  3. A Successful Approach<br />Develop a strategy<br />Solid resume<br />Practice your interview skills<br />Dress appropriately<br />Understand employers’ expectations<br />Use available resources<br />Upload resume to NACElink<br />
  4. Bring to the Job Fair?<br />Copies of resumes<br />Transcripts<br />Professional notepad/pen and notes<br />Firm handshake<br />Your calendar<br />Research the companies<br />Confident and enthusiastic attitude<br />A polished, professional appearance<br />
  5. Choose the right employers!<br />Reviewed registered employers on Career Services website:<br />Develop a “target list”<br />Categorize employers into A,B, and C lists<br />Practice on one of the C list employers<br />Then hit you’re A list<br />Don’t stand in line too long<br />
  6. Research the Employers<br />Website<br />Hoover’s Online<br />Dun & Bradstreet (<br />Fortune’s 500 Biggest Companies<br />Bus. Week’s & Forbes’ 100 Best small Companies<br />Google<br />National, local, and trade specific publications<br /><br />
  7. A Solid Resume<br />Your “ticket” to an interview<br />A resource for filling out applications<br />Evidence of what you have done<br />A conversation starter<br />Different for the college grad vs. someone with years of experience<br />
  8. A Strong Resume?<br />Consider the following categories<br />Objective(what you want to do)<br />Education(schools, locations, degree, <br /> dates, GPA, relevant courses)<br />Project Experiences (Capstone, hobbies coursework)<br />Work Experiences (paid, unpaid, volunteer)<br />Skills(Computer, Technical, Language)<br />Accomplishments(don’t be shy)<br />
  9. Utilize NACElink<br /><ul><li>Post your resume
  10. Search for jobs</li></ul> By keyword (major, title, etc.)<br /> By employer<br /><ul><li>Apply for jobs</li></ul> Secure interviews<br />
  11. Info-mercial<br /><ul><li>Develop a 1-minute infomercial about your experience, skills, talent, and job objective.
  12. First impressions are important! Introduce yourself using some of these topics:</li></ul>Name<br />Degree, major, and minor<br />Grade point average<br />Work, co-op and internship experience<br />Leadership<br />Projects<br />Knowledge of company!<br />
  13. Mock Info-mercial<br />
  14. Dress for Success<br />Dressing Tips For Men<br />Suit: Dark blue, brown or gray<br />Shirt: White, light blue<br />Tie: Contrasting (with some red)<br />Shoes: (Black or brown)<br />Belt: Matches shoes, <br /> socks match slacks<br />Hair: Trimmed or pulled back<br />Avoid: Earrings, hats, heavy cologne<br />
  15. Dress for Success<br />Dressing Tips For Women<br />Skirt/Slacks: Dark blue, brown, gray<br />Blouse: Light colored, not floral<br />Shoes: Conservative<br />Hair: Pulled away from face<br />Avoid: <br />Tight or revealing clothing<br />Shoes with straps, high heels, light colored<br />Excessive jewelry, perfume and make up<br />
  16. Employers look forSKILLS & EXPERIENCES<br />Planning and managing projects<br />Building relationships<br />Analyze and evaluate data<br />Engage in continuous learning<br />Communicate through persuasion and justification<br />Seek global understanding<br />Mentor others<br />Build a team<br />Create new knowledge<br />
  17. The InterviewThe next day<br />Perspective &gt;<br />Preparation &gt;<br />Practice &gt;<br />Performance &gt;<br />
  18. The Perspective<br />Employers are looking for the answer to three questions: <br /><ul><li>Does the job-seeker have the skills and abilities to perform the job?
  19. Does the job-seeker possess the enthusiasm and work ethic that the employer expects?
  20. Will the job-seeker be a team player and fit into the organization?</li></li></ul><li>Perspective<br /><ul><li>Recruiter’s actually want you to do well
  21. An interview should be approached as a conversation
  22. They are much more interested in your “why’s” and your “how’s” than your “what’s”</li></li></ul><li>The Prep Work<br />Anticipate questions<br /><ul><li> Any insider information?
  23. Thoroughly review the job description
  24. Know the “ins and outs” of everything on </li></ul> your resume, and more<br /><ul><li> Review the hundreds of sample questions </li></ul> available on the web<br />
  25. Preparation<br />Traditional Questions:<br />Be concise, explain answers, give examples!<br />Behavioral Questions:<br />Describe situation thoroughly, enough for the interviewer to understand<br />Focus on YOUR actions. Why did you take a specific action? How did you decide what action to take?<br />What were the results? What did you accomplish and learn?<br />What do you want them to know about you????<br />
  26. Preparation<br />Research the employer<br /><ul><li> Showcase your knowledge of employer services, trends, accomplishments, competitors, financial health, and NEEDS
  27. Corporate websites, annual reports,</li></ul> third-party resources<br /><ul><li> Networking </li></li></ul><li>Preparation<br />Questions to ask the employer:<br /><ul><li>Ask about a specific project you know the company is working on.
  28. What is the company’s biggest challenge at this time.
  29. Where would the company like to be in 5 years?
  30. Ask about advancement opportunities</li></li></ul><li>Practice, Practice, Practice<br /><ul><li>Develop response outlines for thoughtful rather than rambling answers
  31. Focus on positive, specific examples
  32. Practice helps to reinforce memory
  33. Practice fine tunes responses
  34. 2-3 mock interviews before the real thing</li></li></ul><li>Performance<br /><ul><li>Display energy, confidence, and respect
  35. Listen carefully
  36. Body language: eye contact, gestures, posture
  37. Chemistry, make a connection: Remember, it’s a conversation
  38. Employers are much more interested in your “why’s” and your “how’s” than your “what’s”
  39. Concise answers, explain answers, provide examples to complete “picture”
  40. Don’t ramble: Know what 1 to 1.5 minutes feels like</li></li></ul><li>Performance<br />At the end of the interview:<br /> - Thank them for their time/information<br /> - Ask for a business card<br /> - Send a thank you note within 24-48 hrs.<br />
  41. It is Raffle time<br />