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Tips for Success

Your best selling point is that YOU have a unique combination of personality, skills, dreams, and experiences


  • DO dress in professional attire, with conservative colors LADIES, wear a business suit or pants suit, or dress and jacket with comfortable heeled shoes Dresses and skirts should come only one inch above the knee when sitting
    MEN, wear a business suit or a blazer, dress pants and a tie Suggestive, revealing clothing should not be worn to the event or future interviews.
  • DON'T chew gum, wear too much cologne/perfume or smoke before the interview.
  • DO look your interviewer in the eye and offer a firm handshake.
  • DON'T try too hard to please and appear loud or cocky.
  • DO emphasize your skills and accomplishments.
  • DON'T make excuses for failures or lack of experi¬enceInstead, take responsibility for your mistakes and change the subject to something positive.

Prepare a solid introduction Prepare (& rehearse) a 1-minute script to introduce yourself to employersStay as enthusiastic with the last recruiter as with the first.
Do your homework Recruiters will ask what you know about themReview and research the list of participating employers.
Plan your time Preview the list of employers in order to identify the ones you are most interested in meeting and to prevent missing a key employer that may leave earlyAlso, allow time to wait in line for very popular employers.
Know what you are seeking Have one or two specific job titles in mindBe ready to ask about career opportunities in your area of interestWhen appropriate, display your knowledge of the companyAsk relevant questions and express your interest in the company, but avoid asking about salary and benefits Focus on what you can offer to fit what they need.
Prepare your resume. Make sure your resume has been proofed by your advisor and/or Career Services Office Print several copies on a high quality bond paper.
Decide on professional business attire.

Present yourself in a professional manner Dress professionally, extend a firm handshake, and maintain eye contactBe enthusiastic and demonstrate positive verbal and nonverbal communication at all timesBe polite, pleasant, and genuinely interested in learning more. Carry a nice legal pad to take notes and to manage brochures and your date book in case an employer wants to schedule an interview with you at a later date.
Approach employers individually If you carpool with friends, be sure to introduce yourself aloneDon't go to your top choices first; however, warm-up with employers that interest you to settle your nerves.
Get recruiters' business cards This allows you to address follow-up calls and letters to select persons.
Go early and don't be in a hurry Arrive early and give yourself at least one hour to look at ALL the employers present Plan your time to identify the employers that most attract you and wait your turn to speak directly with those recruiters However, speak and be friendly to other recruiters that may not seem relevantYour preferred recruiters may take notice, or you may uncover some surprising good leads.
Make a lasting impression. Before you leave the job fair, return to the booth of any of your primary prospective employers Wait for a break in the action, then step up to the recruiters, and thank them again for their timeLet them know that you will be in touch and look forward to speaking with them againThis lasting impression will help recruiters remember your name and face when you meet again.

Follow up Keep notes about conversations and any specific details you will need to follow up Pause between tables to write information that you will need for later use Be sure you know each person's correct name and title.
Within one week and preferably within 24 hours, write a thank you letter to recruiters Keep the note short and friendly This is a “thank you" for what they did, not a hard-sell pitch for what you want
Within two weeks of the event, make follow-up contact with the representatives regarding an interview unless you have discussed an alternative arrangement
Then make sure you do in fact call when you said you would If you did not get to meet with a specific representative, contact the company, let them know of your interest, and request an opportunity to meet with them.

Ms. Donna Hamlett
CMAC Room 100
Phone: (731) 410-6709 | Fax: (731) 426-7553

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