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7 Tips to Rock A
Career Fair
Including recruiter
pet peeves and
student tips!
Zach Zapinsky, MPA ’14, managed to be the first person in line
for the Expo, despite a full day of classes and an internsh...
RECRUITER PET PEEVE:
“There’s no point wearing a nice suit if you’re going to put on white socks.”
		 – Jay Goldstein, Tra...
McCombs students
make San Jacinto
Drive look more like
Wall Street than a
college campus.
2. Do Your Research
“You can’t talk to everyone,
so narrow it down to five to
10 companies. Be sure to
know what the compa...
“Do your homework. Know the company that you’re interested in. It drives me crazy
when people ask, ‘Do you sell credit car...
“My goal is to visit 10 companies today, and I looked through all of
their websites. I spoke to anyone I knew who worked t...
3. Network, Network,
Network
Isabelle Arrellaga, BBA ‘16 attended company night, where she was
able to get to know some of...
“I’m already familiar with one of my target companies, because
I attended a consulting workshop with them last month.”
			...
4. Be enthusiastic —
not desperate
“I once interviewed someone who started their pitch by saying, ‘I know my GPA isn’t great, but…’
Be sure to focus on the p...
“Stay calm, don’t oversell
yourself, and don’t violate a
recruiter’s personal space.”
	 	 – Jesse Marin, Visa
RECRUITER PE...
5. be open–minded
“If you don’t recognize the
name of the company, it
doesn’t mean that it’s not a
great company.”
– Jay G...
“I once interviewed someone who started their pitch by saying, ‘I know my GPA isn’t great, but…’
Be sure to focus on the p...
6. ask questions and
engage your audience
“It’s OK to ask about
corporate benefits, but
asking about title,
salary, and of...
“Don’t just say, “Yes.” Ask questions.”
— Matt Napiorrowski, ExxonMobil recruiter, BBA ’08
“As a candidate, it’s your job ...
7. Sell yourself, not
just your resume
“Strong communication skills
are the most important
attribute of potential
candidat...
“GPA is the last thing we look for. It’s more important for us to look at the number of student
organizations, sports, and...
good luck
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Seven Tips to Rock a Career Fair

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Corporate recruiters and McCombs School of business students share inside tips, tricks, and pet peeves for rocking your next career fair.

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Seven Tips to Rock a Career Fair

  1. 7 Tips to Rock A Career Fair Including recruiter pet peeves and student tips!
  2. Zach Zapinsky, MPA ’14, managed to be the first person in line for the Expo, despite a full day of classes and an internship. 1. bring Your A Game
  3. RECRUITER PET PEEVE: “There’s no point wearing a nice suit if you’re going to put on white socks.” – Jay Goldstein, Tradition Energy recruiter from New York City No white socks in sight.
  4. McCombs students make San Jacinto Drive look more like Wall Street than a college campus.
  5. 2. Do Your Research “You can’t talk to everyone, so narrow it down to five to 10 companies. Be sure to know what the company you’re speaking to does.” – Angela Biscardi AON Corp.
  6. “Do your homework. Know the company that you’re interested in. It drives me crazy when people ask, ‘Do you sell credit cards?’” – Jesse Marin, Visa recruiter from Foster City, Calif. RECRUITER PET PEEVE:
  7. “My goal is to visit 10 companies today, and I looked through all of their websites. I spoke to anyone I knew who worked there, gather- ing pros and cons for each company.” Vivian Tan, MPA ‘16
  8. 3. Network, Network, Network Isabelle Arrellaga, BBA ‘16 attended company night, where she was able to get to know some of the recruiters beforehand.
  9. “I’m already familiar with one of my target companies, because I attended a consulting workshop with them last month.” Tyler Vender, BBA ‘16
  10. 4. Be enthusiastic — not desperate
  11. “I once interviewed someone who started their pitch by saying, ‘I know my GPA isn’t great, but…’ Be sure to focus on the positive. Own your resume and be confident in yourself.” – Chelsea Saunders, Target recruiter from Austin
  12. “Stay calm, don’t oversell yourself, and don’t violate a recruiter’s personal space.” – Jesse Marin, Visa RECRUITER PET PEEVE: This polished McCombs student looks like she’s doing great.
  13. 5. be open–minded “If you don’t recognize the name of the company, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a great company.” – Jay Goldstein, Tradition Energy
  14. “I once interviewed someone who started their pitch by saying, ‘I know my GPA isn’t great, but…’ Be sure to focus on the positive. Own your resume and be confident in yourself.” – Chelsea Saunders, Target recruiter from Austin “Don’t limit yourself geographically. Be sure you work for a company that you believe in. Find the right leaders to work for and stay open-minded about the industry.” – Kimiko Saito, DaVita recruiter from Dallas/Fort Worth
  15. 6. ask questions and engage your audience “It’s OK to ask about corporate benefits, but asking about title, salary, and office size are completely off–limits.” – Jesse Marin, Visa
  16. “Don’t just say, “Yes.” Ask questions.” — Matt Napiorrowski, ExxonMobil recruiter, BBA ’08 “As a candidate, it’s your job to break the ice. Be sure to lead the conversation instead of waiting for a recruiter to ask questions.” – Ross Lanzini, ExxonMobil recruiter, BBA ’05 These alums landed their current jobs by attending this very expo. (Love the burnt orange, guys.)
  17. 7. Sell yourself, not just your resume “Strong communication skills are the most important attribute of potential candidates, followed by an outgoing personality.” –Angela Biscardi, AON Corp.
  18. “GPA is the last thing we look for. It’s more important for us to look at the number of student organizations, sports, and other extracurricular activities.” – Chelsea Saunders, Target
  19. good luck
  20. Thanks for reading. Get more career advice, faculty expertise and student success stories, CEO insights, business school news and more: McCombs Today News Website: www.today.mccombs.utexas.edu www.facebook.com/UTMcCombsSchool @UTexasMcCombs

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