Getting the Most Out of a Career Fair
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Why would I want to go to a Job Fair? At a job fair you can:
• Get to know employers • Learn more about their
needs • Set up job interviews
• Secure internships
& Co-op jobs • Clarify career goals
• Make appointments to job shadow
• Learn about career options
How do I prepare? • Click on the Events link at www.ecu.edu/e3careers. • List and rank the companies that interest
you. • Research their websites/jobs.
â€˘ Send an introductory email letting them know that you are attending
the fair and will stop by the booth to talk about their opportunities.
â€˘ Write/rewrite your resume to fit the positions.
Develop a Power Greeting – a 30 second commercial to introduce yourself. It should cover: • Your education and credentials. • Your paid or unpaid experience in the field (unless you don’t have any). • Your relevant strengths – what you do best. • What you could do to help them meet their needs (value added).
• Develop 4 or 5 open-ended questions that probe into their needs, problems and challenges. • Decide what you should wear – dress conservatively based on what others wear who work in that organization. • Make copies of your resume to hand to employers.
Probing Questions • What positions are you trying to fill? • What are you looking for in the individuals you hope to hire? • What has caused these positions to come available?
• What needs, problems and challenges will be addressed by the individuals you hire? • What problems will be solved by taking on additional personnel? • What goals have you set for the next five years?
On Job Fair Day • Print your name and major on a name tag. • Obtain a map to employer locations. • Prioritize employers and map your route. • Give your Power Greeting to make a strong
When you talk with recruiters • Ask your prepared probing questions. • Ask about employment or internship opportunities. • Ask to be placed on their interview schedule
(if they have one).
• Obtain a copy of their business card.
TIPS - Body Language • Maintain a positive attitude. • Smile pleasantly and frequently. • Shake hands firmly.
• Maintain good eye contact. • Do not be egotistical, arrogant or pushy. • If you catch a recruiter’s eye - make contact. Someone is always watching.
TIPS – Successful Behaviors • Be considerate of others. • Network alone. Avoid “group networking.” • Be purposeful. Make each employer feel like you came here just to meet with them. • Do not act like you are “shopping.”
A Few More Tips for the Job Seeker • Ask for their advice and assistance. • Ask to be remembered when opportunities come available. • If they don’t have an opening in your area, ask for a referral to someone who might.
After the fair: • Send a “Thank You” note to each employer who interviewed you for a position. • Call each employer to ask about the next step in the hiring process. • Once you are employed, complete the “Took a Job” form on our website to help us track placement success.
Life is not the way itâ€™s supposed to be. Itâ€™s the way it is. The way you deal with it is what makes the difference.
- Virginia Satir