1. Prepare the perfect resume. Career Development will help make sure that your resume reflects your most current accomplishments, skills, and experiences. You can email, drop in or schedule and appointment to have us review your resume.
2. Preview the list of employers that will be attending. Once you register for CareerFest, you will be sent a link to the Employer Guide before the event which tells the positions each employer is hiring for. Research those employers of interest to you. Make notes about what you’d like to ask the recruiter for each company that interests you.
3. Practice answering specific interview questions and prepare questions you would like to ask the employer. We have resources available to help! You can even practice with someone in Career Development, just contact us to make the appointment!
4. Plan on dressing in professional business attire. It’s important for you to look professional. A conservative suit, well pressed shirt or blouse, and a tie for guys is essential. An extreme makeover isn’t necessary, but if you need a haircut to look more polished, now is the time to get it. If you have questions, check out our information and article on professional attire.
5. Prepare a strategy for how you will “work” the fair. Think about how much time you have to spend, and prioritize the employers with whom you’d like to speak so that if you don’t get to all of them, you will at least get to the most important. Be sure to offer your resume to each employer as you introduce yourself, and be prepared to answer questions about it. Get their business cards. As you walk away from the table, make notes on the back of the card to remind yourself of what was said.
6. Post- Fair Strategy . Within one week after a Career Fair, make follow-up contact with the recruiters you spoke to, unless you have discussed an alternative arrangement. A simple thank you email to remind them of something you talked about, and to let them know you are still interested will earn you big points, and hopefully an on-site interview.
Don’t hesitate to stop in our office for more detailed explanations and tips!
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