HOW TO WORK A CAREER FAIRFirst Ave. Career Fair 3/2/2012
TODAY’S AGENDA: Preparing to get the most from the career fair Before, During, and After What to expect when you’re there How to follow up after the event Questions you have
BEFORE THE FAIR Plan Identify 5 -10 companies you want to speak with Research The companies you are interested in and others attending Rehearse Your introduction by yourself, to your friends, and to strangers if possible
BEFORE CONTINUED . . . Get a list of employers from event organizers Research employers using: Their websites: About Us, History, Mission Portland Business Journal Google Begin to develop your intro speech, know who you are and what you’re looking for.
WHAT TO BRING A simple portfolio Plenty of “A Game” resumes No backpacks
WHAT TO WEAR Employers evaluate you on appearance; show that you are a professional Appropriate professional attire Match your dress to event If you don’t have a suit – Get one but . . . Nice pants and a dress shirt or blouse with dress shoes will work at a minimum.
INTRODUCTIONS ARE IMPORTANT Get good at: Making eye contact Smiling Offering a firm handshake Saying your name Introductions are critical and now it’s your turn.
DURING THE FAIR Begin to work your plan Warm up with employers you weren’t planning on talking with When you’re ready, take a deep breath and approach your top choices Talk with the employers about your interests and ask questions
QUESTIONS TO ASK EMPLOYERS What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful in the “role I’m interested in”? Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here? What things has your company accomplished of which you are especially proud? What is your hiring time line for this internship / job?
QUESTIONS TO NEVER ASK EMPLOYERS What does your company do? What can your company do for me? How many hours a day do you work? Any question about salary, vacation time, or benefits. Any personal question. Wanna get some coffee, sometime?
BEFORE LEAVING AN EMPLOYER Get the recruiters business card at the close of your meeting Ask how and when you should follow up. Get more company information Thank recruiter for his/her time
BEFORE MOVING ON Make notes about the recruiter, employer, and job These notes will be important later when you write your follow-up letters after the job fair Reflect on how the interaction went, what you learned, what you wish you would have said Mentally rehearse it for the next interaction and move to the next employer on your list
AFTER THE FAIR FOLLOW UP! Organize all the material you received WRITE THANK YOU LETTERS !!!! – Recruiters are expecting them! Send within 24 Hours Your letter should again demonstrate how you would be a "good fit" You know what theyre looking for If you talked to more than one person at one booth, send each recruiter you talked to a separate thank you Can you send Thank-You e-mails? E-mails are best used if the hiring time line is quick and you need immediate response It is recommended that you send hard copy follow up as well