Tag: Career Fairs

Quick Tips for Navigating Career Fairs

Bring many copies of your resume to submit to employers.

Do your homework. Review the online directory of employers and their job opportunities (http://www.marquette.edu/csc/students/documents/OnlineGuidebook_009.pdf). Having some background on an organization will allow you to ask very focused and specific questions. This impresses representatives because it shows a genuine interest in them.

Dress appropriately. First impressions are important. You will probably be most comfortable if you at least dress in “business casual.”

Prioritize the employers you’re most interested in. You may find it easiest to start with the employers in which you’re the least interested. This will allow you to hone your approach and to be most confident when you approach the employers you’re especially excited about.

Introduce yourself. Extend your hand, say “hello,” and state your name. Thank the representative for taking the time to be at the fair.

Take notes. Write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff in the organization whom you can contact later. Note specific employer information sessions, on-campus interviewing and projected hiring dates that will affect you.

Ask the representative for his/her card, and then promptly send a thank-you note. Having the business card of the representative serves three purposes. First, you have a direct contact with the organization, including the proper spelling of the representative’s name, direct telephone line, etc. Second, a brief thank-you note acknowledges the help they gave you and the time they took to visit. Third, sending thank-you notes is a good professional habit.

Respect employers’ materials/sample items. Some employers bring large quantities of print materials clearly intended for students to take. Other employers bring a few copies of print materials, sample products, etc. as displays at their tables. Always check with employers before taking materials from their tables.

Be courteous! In addition to representing yourself, you also represent your university. Demonstrate sensitivity to other students waiting to speak with employers by keeping your questions brief and offering to continue your conversation at a later time. Enjoy the fair and your interaction with the employers. Let your positive attitude show!

Source:

“Tips to get the most out of career fairs.” http://career.berkeley.edu/Fairs/fairsTips.stm.

Top Tips for Navigating WORKFORCE Career Fair

Since registration opened for WORKFORCE, Lawrence students have been flocking to the Career Center to get a spot on the bus to the career fair. Those of you who plan to attend WORKFORCE (or any career fair) should do some preparation before boarding the bus. Here are a few tips to consider:

Do your homework.

Visit the WORKFORCE website and look at the list of employers that will be attending. Which employers interest you the most? What do you know about them? The WORKFORCE brochure has informational blurbs about each company, but it’s a good idea to dig a little deeper and check out the company website as well. If you really want to impress recruiters, read a few recent articles about the company or organization in newspapers and business magazines. Be sure to know the goals and purpose of the organization before you visit their booth. The question “So, what does your company do?” is a faux pas at job fairs.

Prepare great questions.

Have a few dynamite questions ready to ask recruiters. These questions should demonstrate your interest in the company and elicit answers that will help you better understand their workplace atmosphere. Some great examples include:

“What are the characteristics of your most successful employees?”

“What is your organization’s culture like?”

“For how many years does the typical employee stay with the company?”

“What made you choose this company and why do you stay?”

“What’s the one thing that surprised you most about this company?”

Learn (and remember!) names of recruiters.

Say the recruiter’s name several times during your conversation to reinforce your memory. You will be thankful that you’ve done this when you are writing thank-you notes after the job fair and are able to connect a name and a face to details from your conversation.

Use business cards to jog your memory.

Get a business card from each recruiter. Before you move on to a new booth, find a quiet place to jot down key points from your conversation on the back of the business card. When you follow-up with the recruiter following the job fair, you will be able to remember important aspects of your conversation and what you liked about the organization.

These are just a few strategies to consider when preparing for WORKFORCE. Read the information booklet available at www.wipccc.org for more excellent tips that will help you get the most out of your career fair experience.

Sources:

www.quintcareers.com

www.wipccc.org

The world’s first virtual, 3D interactive job fair

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Job seekers from all over the world are gathering to meet recruiters and hiring managers from some of the world’s top companies – in Second Life! The event, called Network in World, or NiW, will take place May 15 – 17, 2007.

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