Step 1: Make a Plan
Every employer you meet with is a potential job opportunity. Having a plan of action makes you look professional and gives you confidence at the Fair. Your first step is to determine what type of opportunity you are seeking (full-time position, summer internship, semester internship, etc). Then, research the organizations attending by visiting their websites and make a list of those you want to speak with at the Fair. A list of participating organizations is available at acdc.unomaha.edu/careerfair. Finally, develop a list of questions you want to ask each organization.
Step 2: Prepare your Resume
Bring several copies of your resume to the Fair to share with recruiters. To make sure your resume is in tip top shape, visit acdc.unomaha.edu for tips and example resumes. Don’t forget to schedule a resume review with ACDC, as well.
Step 3: Create an Elevator Speech
Imagine you find yourself on an elevator with a top executive of your dream company. What would you say? Prepare a 30-second summary to introduce yourself to representatives. This speech should include your education, experience, and skills that will benefit the company you are speaking with.
Step 4: Dress for Success
Your first impression sets the tone for your conversations. Make sure you are dressed professionally and are well-groomed. Generally, both men and women should wear a fairly conservative outfit in a neutral color, such as black, gray, or navy. Avoid wild ties, trendy styles, loud colors, distracting jewelry and strong scents. Don’t neglect to wear professional footwear--be sure to wear dark colored dress socks with your dress shoes.
Step 5: At the Fair, Make a Good Impression
Now is when all your hard work comes together! At the Fair, be aware of your body language– stand confidently, try not to cross your arms. Greet representatives with a firm handshake, smile, and eye contact. Introduce yourself with your elevator speech, listen to the recruiters, and try to ask at least two relevant questions to each employer.
Step 6: At the Fair, Other Tips
Bring plenty of copies of your resume, a folder/portfolio to put them in, and carry a pen and notepad to take notes. Network! Don’t be afraid to talk to other students while waiting for an organization and always ask for business cards to follow up with conversations. Make sure to keep an open mind, many organizations recruit for positions across various career fields.
Step 7: Say Thank You
Follow up with any representatives you spoke with at the Fair. Let them know you appreciated meeting them and learning more about their organization. This can be an email or a personal thank you card – just be sure to send in a timely manner.
ACDC Success Tips are written by Peer Advisors in the Academic & Career Development Center to share information about getting connected and involved on-campus, spotlights on various employers, programs and events, and tips for being a successful student. The content is created for students, by students. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you!
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