HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OFYOUR CAREER FAIREXPERIENCE
Table of Contents Before the Job Fair   The Companies   The Questions   30-second Introduction (general) At the Job F...
BEFORE THE JOB FAIR
The Companies Find out which companies will be at the fair   Check the calendar on BU CareerLink   Choose the ones you ...
The Questions Prepare questions to ask recruiters   More than basic research on the company   Demonstrate your interest...
30-second Introduction Prepare a 30-second story   Quick overview of your qualification and skills   Mention your name,...
AT THE JOB FAIR
Dress for Success Dress professionally   Business formal, interview attire See Dress for Success for more details
What to Bring Bring plenty of copies of your resumé   Use high-quality paper Bring a portfolio with a notepad to:   Ca...
Do’s and Don’ts Don’t   Just drop your resumé     Learn more about what the company is looking for     If you are not ...
Communication Be direct, visible, assertive, and ready to  summarize your skills in a noisy environment   Avoid using fi...
30-second Introduction If the recruiter is the right contact given your  interests:   Give a brief 30-second synopsis of...
30-second Introduction If the recruiter is not the right contact given  your career interests:   Briefly explain what op...
AFTER THE JOB FAIR
Stay Organized and Connected Write thank-you letters to all employers with  whom you spoke   Especially those you most w...
Questions? To find out more information and resources:   Continue browsing the Virtual Career Center   Visit the Feld C...
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    1. 1. HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OFYOUR CAREER FAIREXPERIENCE
    2. 2. Table of Contents Before the Job Fair  The Companies  The Questions  30-second Introduction (general) At the Job Fair  Dress for Success  What to Bring  Do’s and Don’ts  Communication  30-second Introduction (detailed) After the Job Fair  Stay Organized and Connected Questions?
    3. 3. BEFORE THE JOB FAIR
    4. 4. The Companies Find out which companies will be at the fair  Check the calendar on BU CareerLink  Choose the ones you most want to target Research  Positions they are recruiting  Company’s organizations  Fields and industries company is involved in
    5. 5. The Questions Prepare questions to ask recruiters  More than basic research on the company  Demonstrate your interest in and knowledge of the company Sample topics  Opportunities for advancement within the company  Skills necessary for specific job/internships  Procedures for applying to current and future job openings
    6. 6. 30-second Introduction Prepare a 30-second story  Quick overview of your qualification and skills  Mention your name, school, degree, and concentration Determine the role of the contact with whom you are speaking  Relevant to your career interests  Not relevant to your career interests
    7. 7. AT THE JOB FAIR
    8. 8. Dress for Success Dress professionally  Business formal, interview attire See Dress for Success for more details
    9. 9. What to Bring Bring plenty of copies of your resumé  Use high-quality paper Bring a portfolio with a notepad to:  Carry your resumés  Jot down notes  Store any company information you pick up
    10. 10. Do’s and Don’ts Don’t  Just drop your resumé  Learn more about what the company is looking for  If you are not interested in their offer, ask about other job or internship positions that may be available  Monopolize a recruiter’s time  You can learn a lot by hearing other people’s questions and the recruiter’s responses Do  Ask each recruiter about the best way to follow up  Get business cards so you can do so  Write any important notes on the back of his/her business card after meeting with each recruiter
    11. 11. Communication Be direct, visible, assertive, and ready to summarize your skills in a noisy environment  Avoid using filter words such as “um”, “like”, “you know” Listen carefully to what the recruiter has to say before responding Keep in mind, although the atmosphere may be casual, recruiters will already be evaluating you Show confidence in your voice and body language
    12. 12. 30-second Introduction If the recruiter is the right contact given your interests:  Give a brief 30-second synopsis of your background and credentials, including:  Career-related experience you have had  Unique skills they require you have  Why you would be a good fit for the position and company  Your knowledge of the company needs and corporate culture  Practice your introduction so your story flows smoothly  Should not sound memorized
    13. 13. 30-second Introduction If the recruiter is not the right contact given your career interests:  Briefly explain what opportunities you are seeking  Ask who else within the company you should contact  Confirm best way to reach that individual  Ask about the company in general with relevant questions  Get a business card from the representative in case you can’t reach the referred person  Mention that you met this representative when you speak to the appropriate recruiter
    14. 14. AFTER THE JOB FAIR
    15. 15. Stay Organized and Connected Write thank-you letters to all employers with whom you spoke  Especially those you most want to pursue Enter all information into your contact spreadsheet or database  Develop a networking system to keep track of names and titles, contact dates, important comments, and planned actions
    16. 16. Questions? To find out more information and resources:  Continue browsing the Virtual Career Center  Visit the Feld Career Center and consult with one of our counselors!  Our office is located on the first floor, left of the stairs in the far left corner.  Email us at: careers@bu.edu  Office Hours  Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM

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