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Career fair strategies sharing

  1. 1. Making The Most Of The Career Fair Career Center Union 205
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Your purpose & goal </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for the fair (your “pitch”, resume, researching companies) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional behavior and dress attire </li></ul><ul><li>Career fair strategies – During & After </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming career fairs – Dates & Times </li></ul>
  3. 3. Your Purpose <ul><li>GOAL: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To generate as many contacts as possible that will lead to possible interviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WHAT WILL YOU DO? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network : Engage the recruiter in conversation. Take the person’s business card. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target : Talk with specific employers about possible career opportunities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate : Now is the time for you to speak with organizations you may not have considered before. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Preparation <ul><li>Research employers who plan to attend: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn who is coming ahead of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and research your most promising prospects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prepare a solid resume: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare a current resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use good paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring several copies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you need more than one version tailored to an organization? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note: Some employers will ask you to apply online rather than leave a resume with them. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Preparation <ul><li>3. Develop A 30-60 second “sales pitch ” </li></ul><ul><li>Think of it as answering the question… </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answering this question will be easier if you think about yourself and research the organization— </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>see suggestions for questions to ask yourself and to guide your research about the organizations on the handout provided </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Developing your own “sales pitch” <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Class (senior, junior, sophomore) </li></ul><ul><li>Major </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities that you are seeking </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Experience (work, internship, volunteer work) </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights of skills and strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the organization </li></ul><ul><li>End with a question to engage the employer in conversation </li></ul>
  7. 7. Preparation <ul><li>4. Prepare questions for the employer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask intelligent, thoughtful questions that demonstrate you have researched the organization. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about such things as an organization's career opportunities and relevancy to your major, what the organization values in its employees. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5. Anticipate questions the employer may ask you and prepare answers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you looking for? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why are you interested in working for <insert organization’s name>? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why did you choose to study <insert major>? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What experience do you have? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Professionalism <ul><li>Look like a professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional interview/ business attire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look your best! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dark suit (black, gray, navy) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No suit? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Men: Dress pants & pressed collared shirt </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Women: Dress pants & pressed collared shirt or a skirt with a pressed collared shirt </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Polish your shoes (ladies: closed-toe are more professional) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your hair out of your face </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be well organized! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a resume ready in a nice folder/portfolio </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Professionalism <ul><li>Act like a professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate confidence, interest and enthusiasm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be polite at all times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer a firm, friendly handshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact to establish rapport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMILE  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sound like a professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer questions clearly, concisely and confidently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask intelligent, appropriate questions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. During The Fair <ul><li>Respect other candidates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It may be crowded. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t interrupt other candidates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect other candidates’ privacy while talking with recruiters. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>PAY ATTENTION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe the behaviors of the recruiters – How are they interacting with the candidates? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the questions you hear being asked by other candidates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the recruiters’ responses. </li></ul></ul>During The Fair
  12. 12. <ul><li>STAY organized: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a business card from those individuals with whom you speak </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make any notes immediately after your conversations (so you don’t forget) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn what you can while you’re there… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave your resume and TAKE literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASK about their recruitment plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASK how you should best follow-up </li></ul></ul>During The Fair
  13. 13. After The Fair <ul><li>Most employers will follow-up with students within 2-4 weeks after the Career Fair if they are interested in setting up an interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Some may expect some kind of follow-up from you—a cover letter & resume, phone call or completed job application—and may not extend an invitation for an interview if you don’t take the initiative. </li></ul>
  14. 14. To Recap… <ul><li>Develop your target list. </li></ul><ul><li>Research those companies on your target list. </li></ul><ul><li>Write intelligent questions for employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice! </li></ul><ul><li>Have confidence and enthusiasm and show it to the employers. </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTIONS??? </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>“ From the moment they meet you, the employer is trying to determine if you are a good match for their organization.” </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Gray, Associate Editor, NACE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help them see the match </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Sources <ul><li>Materials adapted from articles by Sally Kersley, Kevin Gray & Pamela S. Joell ( </li></ul>