Your Guide to Career Fairs

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A slideshow I made for the Career Services Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007. The purpose

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Your Guide to Career Fairs

  1. 1. Your Guide to Career Fairs Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  2. 2. AGENDA•OBJECTIVES FOR CAREER FAIRS•PREPARATION•DO’S AND DON’T’S•AFTER THE CAREER FAIR Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  3. 3. RECRUITERS, CAREER FAIRS, AND YOUTHEIR OBJECTIVE:•Meet with many students as possible•Determine if you are a good matchYOUR OBJECTIVE:•Gather information on potential employers•Represent yourself and your capabilities well•Differentiate yourself from the crowd Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  4. 4. RECRUITERS & CAREER FAIRS Expectations Experience• Students to have their resumes 87%• Students to be dressed either business casual or in business suits 88%• Students to know something about their company 38%• To provide information about job openings 97%• To identify candidates for sourcing processes 87%• To receive either a follow up phone call 58% or letter 55% Source: www.jobweb.com Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  5. 5. PREPARATION ABOUT THEM:• Identify companies you want to see• Research attending companies• Identify information you want• Create list of questions Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  6. 6. PREPARATIONABOUT YOU:• Proof read your resume• Know your 30 second commercial• Identify strengths• Know what you want• Be prepared to sell yourself• Practice, practice, practice! Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  7. 7. THE 30 SECONDCOMMERCIAL• Your name, class and major• Kind of opportunities you are seeking• Relevant experiences• Highlights of strengths and skills• Knowledge of company with which you are speaking Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  8. 8. THE BIG DAY• Portfolio, pen, paper• 25 + resumes• Small breath mints (no gum!)• Professional dress• A positive attitude Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  9. 9. THE BIG DAY: DO’S• Be in your professional mode all day• Come early - map out your plan• Talk to as many people as you can• Take notes• Respect the privacy of others• Revisit your top companies Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  10. 10. TALKING TO RECRUITERS• Introduce yourself – smile, eye contact and strong handshake• 30 second commercial with a question tailored to the company• Listen attentively• Express how you will fit• Ask next steps• Pick up available information Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  11. 11. THE BIG DAY: DONT’S• Wing it• Confuse companies• Assume this is an interview• Ask “What can you do for me?”• Say “I’ll take anything”• Ask about salary• Skirt the GPA issue• Come in during the last half hour Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  12. 12. THE BIG DAY: DONT’S (continued)• Have weak communications skills• Be frivolous or ask personal questions• Socialize with friends• Bring your backpack• Visit just to get giveaways Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  13. 13. THE FOLLOW-UP• Organize your notes and business cards• Be sure you comply with individual company procedures• Write a thank you to each recruiter you met – 24 hours! • Confirm enthusiasm • Highlight your skills • Ask next steps • Provide contact information Vrinda Rao College at Florham
  14. 14. In closing …• Follow these rules and you are certain to make your experience with job fairs beneficial to your job search and get results.• Good luck!

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