New link for Dress for Success?Also, don’t know if “interview attire” is good or not. Just thought there should be more text here?
Should we change the hyperlink?
How to Make the Most of Your Career Fair Experience
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 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?
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
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
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
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: Carry your resumés Jot down notes Store any company information you pick up
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
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
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
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
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
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: email@example.com Office Hours Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM