Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
(Business Professional Attire Required)
The Career Expo is an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships within the business world. Approximately 100 organizations and Fortune 500 companies from the local, state, non-profit and governmental industries attend each year.
|How to Prepare |
- 1. Research Employers
Review the list of organizations that will be attending the fair on the Career Services website. Use the information provided by the employer and visit the organization's website.
- 2. Update Resume
Develop a resume that reflects your most current accomplishments, skills, and experiences. Print an adequate supply of your resume. If you are considering positions in a few areas you may need more than one version of your resume. Visit Career Services for help in preparing your resume(s).
- 3. Practice Introducing Yourself
Prepare a 20 to 30 second introduction to use with employers. For example, "Hello. I'm (your name), a junior in Communication Studies and Marketing. I'm looking for an internship related to marketing for next summer. I read on your web site that (name of company) has an internship program in your corporate marketing department, and would really like to learn more about this program."
- 4. Consider Dress Code
Consider how you will dress. If you are exploring job opportunities, you should dress in Business Professional attire.
|During the Event |
- 1. Get Organized
Obtain a career fair directory and a bag at the check-in table. Use these items to stay organized along with a simple portfolio to keep your resumes clean and ready. Be sure to store your coat and backpack before entering the fair.
- 2. Find Your Employers
Review the directory to find the location of the organizations you wish to meet.
- 3. Approach with Enthusiasm
Approach employers with a good handshake, eye contact and plenty of enthusiasm and interest. These simple elements demonstrate professionalism and poise to potential employers.
- 4. Leave a Copy of Your Resume
Distribute your resume and get a business card from a representative at each organization that interests you.
- 5. Have an Open Mind
While you may have specific employers on your list to speak with, if you have extra time, or have to wait to speak with an employer, take advantage of the opportunity to talk with others. You might discover an excellent opportunity you otherwise would have missed.
- One Note on Hard Copy Resumes
Some employers cannot accept hard copy resumes and will ask you to apply online. This is to comply with federal regulations about the way employers keep data on applicants. While this can be frustrating, it does not mean the employer is not interested or does not really have opportunities available. The recruiters are taking note of candidates of interest, and in some cases may provide career fair attendees with an identifiable access code for their website.