How To Work A Career Fair

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How To Work A Career Fair

  1. 1. How To Work A Career Fair<br />Natascha F. Saunders , MBA, MS <br />Certified Youth Career Coach<br />Boston University School of Management<br />Feld Career Center<br />
  2. 2. Before the Fair!!!<br />Research who will be attending the event<br />Identify what are your goals for this event<br />Prepare your 30 second pitch!!<br />Pages 18 & 19 of the BU SMG Career Guide <br />
  3. 3. 30 Second Pitch (Write & Practice)<br />Your Name<br />Background (academic & professional)<br />Your skills (that relate to company & position)<br />What are you looking for (Career objectives)<br />Example:<br />Hello, My name is Don Juan! I am a junior at Boston University School of Management. My work experience has been in the (retail industry/customer service) or with X and X . I am very much interested in an audit internship at________ because I would like to use my client service and problem solving skills in the field of Accounting .<br />
  4. 4. What do you Wear??<br />
  5. 5. Professional Dress<br />What employers are saying….<br />58% of employers said that they are less likely to hire someone with a visible body tattoo or piercing<br /> -USA TODAY Career Network<br />55% of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look<br /> -Image Dynamics<br />
  6. 6. Unprofessional Dress<br />Wrinkled clothes<br />See through or body revealing clothes<br />Clothes that are to tight or to big<br />Excessive jewelry (distracting)<br />Heavy scented cologne or perfume<br />Visible body piercings/Jewelry<br />Tattoos(cover them)<br />Non-Conservative color suit<br />Inappropriate shoes<br />Styles that are trendy<br />Skirt Lengths/Hair<br />Pant Legs, Men no WHITE Socks<br />Tie <br />
  7. 7. During the Career Fair<br />The buddy systems is only OK when entering the fair<br />Maintain your “professional self”<br />Do not get discourage if they do not take your resume<br />First Impression(hand shake, suit, resume, clear voice, presence)<br />Compliment/Small Talk (very brief)<br />
  8. 8. Professional Dress<br />Corporate conservative (black, grey, navy blue, brown)<br />Coordinate your outfit<br />Conservative two-piece suit<br />Well-groomed hairstyle/facial<br />Clean, trimmed fingernails<br />Cleaned, polished shoes<br />Appropriate hosiery<br />Business Appropriate tie<br />Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore<br />Dean of SMG Lou Lataif<br />
  9. 9. During the Career Fair …cont<br />You look the part<br />Ask intelligent questions<br />Deliver your 30 second pitch<br />Demonstrate knowledge of the company and position<br />Ask for a business card & write notes<br />Write follow-up note after fair (email, note card) to prompt memory of interaction<br />Include a point that distinguishes you from everyone else <br />Personal – Both from Indiana <br />Referral – Steps you / recruiter will take to bring it together<br />Create a memory<br />Shaking hands (Sanitizer, Sneezing) <br />
  10. 10. After the Career Fair<br />Compile a list of contacts (spreadsheet, wearing, interesting fact i.e. BU Alum) from the fair and construct personalized thank you notes<br />
  11. 11. Quick Points to Remember<br />Do’s<br />Don’t’s<br />Bring multiple copies of resume<br />Positive attitude and SMILE (pearl white teeth and great breath) <br />Show that your have done your homework<br />Listen and follow through with instructions and advice<br />Do not force your resume onto people<br />Remove coats and bags<br />No texting , web surfing, drinking, chewing gum, while speaking with company reps<br />International students: Do not start the interaction with do you sponsor<br />
  12. 12. Good Luck!!<br />Career Fair <br />Friday, October 2nd 10:30am – 1:30pm ,SMG Atrium <br />Please RSVP on MiTrac<br />Many companies confirmed (listed on back of How to work a Career Fair Handout)<br />Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression!<br />Career Fair Tips Career TV<br />http://www.livevideo.com/video/5CE61C6F25634F87A74747CD6ED6EF12/career-fair-tips-from-career-t.aspx<br />

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