Career & Summer Job Fair
April 03, 2014, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Michel Student Center
Michel Student Center
QUICK TIPS (PDF)
- Prepare resume and select appropriate interview attire.
Attire for Women
- Quintessential Careers articles - "What Should Women Wear to a Job Interview?"
- Sample Suits
- Adam Glassman's Perfect Interview Attire (video from Oprah)
Attire for Men
- Review List of Participating Employers and identify employers of interest.
- Visit web sites of your selected employers to review product/services, locations, and employment information.
- Log-in to BRADLEY eRecruiting to view job descriptions and potential interview schedules for selected employers.
- Prepare a "30-second" introduction of yourself.
30-second Introduction (First Impressions count!)Effectively introducing yourself at a job fair takes some practice. Your goal is to get the conversation started by providing basic information about your background, identifying your career interest followed by a "conversation starter" which demonstrates your knowledge and interest.
Part 1: Your background (information about yourself to provide context for the conversation)
- Year in school
- Major (if it supports your career goal)
- Highlights of relevant experience (work, classes, leadership experiences)
- Type of job desired (intern or full-time)
- Knowledge of or connection to the organization
- I see from your web site that you are seeking a summer interns, can you tell me more about the qualifications you are seeking?
- I am familiar with your organization because I have been a volunteer with you for three years. I am pleased to see that you have full-time openings. What is your application process for these positions?
- I have been following your organization through your social media feeds. Can you tell me more about _________________?
- Review the Job Fair Tips Information Guide for additional suggestions.
Day of the Event
- Bring your list of selected employers, a folder or portfolio with pen/paper, and multiple copies of your resumes.
- Plan to spend at least 60 minutes talking with your selected employers.
- Ask each employer about appropriate application follow-up. Ask for a business card, as appropriate.
- Make notes about follow-up steps. Complete online applications and other follow-up activities within a few days of the event.
Sample Questions to Ask
- What key skills are you looking for in your candidates?
- What is the application process for this position?
- When do you hope to have these positions filled?
- When will you be selecting candidates to invite to an interview?
- If I am lucky enough to get an interview, do you have any suggestions on how I should prepare?
- Once I submit an application, is it OK to follow up with you? What date should I target?
- How did you get started with the employer?
- Any suggestions/advice on additional experience I should gather before making application?
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhy should I attend?
How long should I plan for the event?
How many employers should I target?
What impresses employers?
What if I am nervous?
Can I visit an employer that does not list my major?
Does "any major" mean that the employer is desperate to hire just anybody?
Do I need to bring cover letters?
Is "apply on-line" just a brush off?
What if I can't find an employer?
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