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Graduate & Professional School Day/Job Fair is designed to conveniently connect STUDENTS, ALUMNI and COMMUNITY with graduate and professional school representatives along with local, state and national businesses. This one day activity will enable vendors to recruit students of all majors for internships, full-time and part-time employment, summer, and volunteer activities. Most important, this networking opportunity reflects Laneís belief that the world is transformed through the power of education.
The Ten Keys to Success for the
2013 Graduate and Professional SchoolDay Job Fair
Ms. Virginia S. Crump
CMAC Room 100 731.410.6709 email@example.com
Prepare. Seek assistance from Career Planning on interviewing, developing resumes, and how to dress for success. Submit resume to Career Planning for recruiters to view prior to the fair and bring copies to fair.
Research. View the list of the schools and companies attending the fair and do some research on the ones you want to interview with.
Resumes. Bring lots of resumes to the fair -- at least two for each company for which you have an interest.
Portfolios. More and more career experts are emphasizing the importance of career portfolios. These portfolios should include copies of your resumes, a list of references, and samples of your best work. While most career fair interviews are fairly short, there may be opportunities for discussing your portfolio with a recruiter -- either over a short break or meal or during a second interview on-site.
Attire. Conservative business attire is essential. Image and first impressions are critical. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Strategy. You need to devise a strategy or plan of attack for the fair. You've already done the first step by researching the companies you are interested in. The second step is seeing if any new companies have registered when you arrive at the fair. The third step is surveying the layout of the fair and determining an order of interviewing.
Interviewing. You may only have two to five minutes to market yourself and protect yourself from being screened out, thus you need to make the most of your time. Many experts suggest that you develop a one-minute "commercial" that highlights the key benefits that you can offer the organization -- and then use it at the beginning of the interview. Also remember the three keys to all interviews: make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and show enthusiasm. You should also prepare answers to interview questions just as you would any employment interview. The most common question you will face is something along the lines of "what are you here for today?" Seems like an easy question to answer, especially if you've done your homework and can tailor your answer to your interests and the company's interests, thereby marketing yourself. Make sure you also have some questions ready to ask the interviewer. A great concluding question for you to ask is, "What do I need to do to obtain a second interview with your firm?" Finally, make sure to avoid poor communication bad habits, such as fidgeting, rocking, chewing gum, etc.
Intangibles. There are several other things you can do to help make your career fair experience a success. First, don't waste your time interviewing with companies you have no desire to work for; do make sure to interview with all the companies you do want to work for. Second, if you did not prepare for a company you want to interview for, try eavesdropping on several of the interviews ahead of you so you can better prepare; do also try to get some company literature from the booth before getting in line so you can read about the company while waiting; don't just stand in line doing nothing.
Networking. Career fairs are all about networking. Of course, you are building a network with the recruiters. However, you can also network with your fellow job-seekers in terms of sharing information.
Follow-up. Don't take the order of this key to mean it to be the least important; in fact, some would say it is one of the most important. Thus when you do it, you will get an edge over the many others who do not. There are two main methods of follow-up. Some experts suggest actually calling the recruiter the evening of the fair and leaving a voicemail message thanking the recruiter again for his/her time that day. A more concrete and traditional method is to write a thank you note and mail it the next day to the address on the recruiter's business card. In the letter, thank them for their time, restate your interest and qualifications for the position, reiterate your interest in a second interview, and make a promise to follow-up the letter with a phone call.
Do your research on companies and businesses that arescheduled. This will allow you to have meaningful conversations withthem. ENJOY THE FAIR and REPRESENT - Your best selling pointis that YOU have a unique combination of personality, skills,dreams, and experiences.
JOB FAIR DOíS AND DONíTS
• DO dress in professional attire, with conservative colors.
LADIES, wear a business suit or pants suit, ordress and jacket with comfortable heeled shoes. Dresses and skirtsshould come only one inch above the knee when sitting.
MEN, wear a business suit or ablazer, dress pants and a tie. Suggestive, revealing clothing shouldnot be worn to the event or future interviews.
• DONíT chew gum, wear too much cologne/perfume or smoke before theinterview.
• DO look your interviewer in the eye and offer a firm handshake.
• DONíT try too hard to please and appear loud or cocky.
• DO emphasize your skills and accomplishments.
• DONíT makeexcuses for failures or lack of experience. Instead, take responsibility foryour mistakes and change the subject to something positive.
BEFORE THE EVENT
•Prepare a solid introduction. Prepare (& rehearse) a 1-minute scriptto introduce yourself to employers. Stay as enthusiastic with the last recruiter as with the first.
•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 early. Also, allow time to wait in line for very popular employers.
•Know what you are seeking. Have one or two specific job titles in mind. Be ready to ask about career opportunities in your area of interest. When appropriate, display your knowledge of the company. Ask relevant questionsand 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 rťsum? Make sure your rťsum? 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.
ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
•Present yourself in a professional manner.Dress professionally, extend a firmhandshake, and maintain eye contact. Be enthusiastic and demonstrate positive verbal and nonverbal communication at all times. Be 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 alone. Donít 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 donít 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 relevant. Your 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 time. Let them know that you will be in touch and look forward to speaking with them again. This lasting impression will help recruiters remember your name and face when you meet again.
AFTER THE EVENT
•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 personís correct name and title. • Within one week and preferably within 24 hours, write a thank you letterto recruiters. Keep the note short and friendly. This is a ďthank 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.