Find out what companies are going to be at the career fair and which one’s interest you. You can find the list under your Eagle Career Link account in the left hand column (Events-> Career Fair->Part Time Internship and Job Fair). Some of the employers have posted the positions they will be recruiting for, make sure to click on the employers to see the positions. Research the companies by visiting their websites. Don’t neglect the smaller companies and the less-well known ones as often they will have less applicants and your odds may be better. Make sure to create a target list of companies you’d like to work for and seek them out at the fair. Ask the Career Development Service team where the companies are located if you are unable to find them on your own. Don’t be afraid to reach out to companies not on your target list, you may be surprised on the connection you can build with that employer and the opportunities they may provide.
Bring your professional resume and lots of copies:
It is most likely during the fair an employer will ask for your resume, make sure it is up-to-date, clear, easy to read, and free of errors. Have a friend, professor, parent or CDS Career Advisor read it over before you come to the fair. Tailor your resume for the target list positions you would like to work for. Make sure to bring lots of copies with you.
We recommend dressing in business casual or business professional. Make sure you are wearing an outfit appropriate for a job interview, you always want to make a great first impression. Ladies, wear a smart business suit, or professional outfit. Closed toed shoes with a small pump but make sure they are comfortable as you will be doing a lot of talking and walking. Pull your hair back, easy jewelry, make up to a minimum, Men can wear a nice shirt and tie, dress pants, and a jacket and they will look ready for hire. Make sure to shower, but take it easy on the cologne and perfume. No jewelry but a watch. If you have to question it, it’s probably a no.
Practice Your Elevator Pitch:
Make sure you are familiar with all the information on your resume. Be ready for any question that might arise from information on your resume. Prepare your elevator pitch with who you are, major, past experiences, and what you are looking for now. Take some time to practice this before you come to the fair, you will be less nervous and sound confident.
I know it seem scary to go up and talk to employers who are professionals in the field you would like to work in. But you are there to build your network and sell yourself to get the job. Be confident in who you are and what you are looking for. Be positive, smile, and give the employer every reason to hire you. Take a few minutes before you enter the career fair to give yourself a pep talk. And go out there and do it!