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SWE Career Fair Prep

  1. 1. Career Fairs: An Engineer’s Guide<br />University of Portland – Office of Career Services<br />
  2. 2. 5 Terrifying Facts:<br />Resumes get looked at between 5-30 SECONDS<br />The average job search takes 6 - 9 MONTHS<br />80% of jobs are never advertised<br />You are likely to have a job that doesn’t exist today<br />You will have 7+ careers in your lifetime<br />
  3. 3. This presentation will cover:<br />Preparation – the key to success<br />Working the event – do’s / don’ts <br />Following up – the secret to getting that job / internship<br />
  4. 4. Why go to a career fair?<br />Meet recruiters in person<br />“Accidentally” find an awesome company<br />Practice introducing yourself<br />Meet recruiters in person<br />
  5. 5. Preparation = Success<br />What you do before a fair is almost more important than the event itself <br />Knowing the companies and their specialties helps you stand out from other, less informed candidates<br />Don’t ever ask: “What does your company do?” Research companies!<br />
  6. 6. What Does Research Look Like?<br />Take the list of employer’s and . . . <br />Google them – Look for articles, facts, things not on their website<br />Know the company website<br /> Begin to develop a target list<br />What companies look interesting, who’s doing what you want to do?<br />Single out a top 5 list of companies to research more than others<br />
  7. 7. Resumes: Bring The A Game<br />Remember it has 5-30 seconds!<br />Meet with a Career Services Staff Member to revise and refine your resume<br />Include academic projects that demonstrate skills you will use in the internship or job<br />Free of errors, readable font, resume paper<br />
  8. 8. Develop an intro speech<br />20-30 Second Introduction (mini speech)<br />What goes in it? – The 5 Question Structure<br />Who am I? (introduce yourself) <br />When are you graduating? <br />What job or career am I interested in?<br />What makes me different from the competition?<br />Look to Answer: "Why should I hire you?"<br />
  9. 9. Intro speech do’s and don’ts<br />Do Make your speech sound effortless and conversational<br />Do project passion for what you do<br />Do maintain eye contact<br />Do be prepared to wrap up early if the recruiter stops you<br />Do focus on how you will help the employer <br />Don’t focus just on yourself<br />Don’t hesitate to develop different versions of your speech<br />Don’t let your speech sound memorized<br />Don’t ramble, know the 3 or 4 main things you want to discuss and speak with clarity<br />
  10. 10. What to bring:<br />A simple Portfolio<br />Plenty of Resumes<br />No Backpacks<br />
  11. 11. Dress like a professional, Please<br />
  12. 12. Professional dress sends a message <br />How you present yourself says more about you than your initial greeting<br />Before you even say hello, employers are assessing you based on dress and attitude<br />Dressing up to go “out” ≠ Professional dress<br />Inappropriate dress will not be admitted at the fair<br />You know this ahead of time ! Use it to your advantage; appear professional<br />
  13. 13. At the fair<br />You will sign in by year in school<br />Take a moment, breath deep and relax<br />Begin by speaking with a company not in your top 5 to warm up<br />Expect lines and BE NICE TO EVERYONE<br />
  14. 14. What’s going well in this picture?<br />
  15. 15. When you approach an employer<br />Smile, make eye contact, offer a firm handshake and introduce yourself<br />If someone is already at the company table when you approach, respect the other candidate's privacy and wait for him/her to finish<br />Give your intro speech and engage in conversation, questions, and answers<br />
  16. 16. Questions to ask employers<br />Four go-to questions to ask:<br />What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within your organization?<br />Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here? <br />What things has your company accomplished of which you are especially proud?<br />What is your timeline for filling this position?<br />
  17. 17. Questions to never ask employers<br />Under the don’t be that guy/girl category:<br />What does your company do?<br />What can your company do for me?<br />How many hours a day do you work? <br />Any question about salary, vacation time, or benefits<br />Any personal question<br />Wanna get some coffee, sometime? <br />
  18. 18. Before leaving an employers table<br />Get a business card<br />Ask how and when you should follow up<br />Get more company info<br />Thank the recruiter <br />
  19. 19. Organize Reflect Return!<br />Move away from the recruiter and make notes on the business card<br />These will help you write thank you notes<br />Reflect on what went well and what to improve<br />Organize all the materials you’ve received and move on!<br />
  20. 20. After the fair<br />Write thank you letters – Recruiters are expecting them!<br />Send within 24 hours<br />This is your chance to highlight your skills and reference the conversation notes you made<br />Describe again how you’ll be a great fit <br />If there was more than 1 recruiter you spoke with, everyone gets a thank-you<br />
  21. 21. Resources<br />Career Services Office<br />Orrico Hall Lower Level (503) 943-7201<br />UP Career Connections – Online recruiting resource<br />Resume assistance, Career planning, more good stuff than you can imagine.<br />WALK IN HOURS: M-W 2-4pm, Tr-F 10-12<br />
  22. 22. Questions?<br />