Career Fair Prep
By: Erika Nichols
Career Fairs can be daunting. You walk in and see recruiting tables swarmed with other students who are all there for the same purpose: to get a job or internship. Your whole world, as the Fresh Prince from Bel-Air would say, get turned upside down, if just one conversations pans out.
The most important thing to do before walking into a career fair is to prepare. Preparing for the career fair will give you a more successful experience. No worries, we are here to help.
- Update and polish your resume
If you do not have a resume, now it a great time to make one. There are hundreds of templates online to help you out. Just remember the simpler the better. The more exotic resumes are the ones that are not professional and ultimately get trashed at the end of the day.
Make sure you keep it updated. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself as you edit. Are there any internships, jobs, or student organizations you have joined since the last time you wrote it? Are there any spelling or grammatical errors? Is my contact information clear? Do you have a LinkedIn account? Add the link!
- Dress professionally
Yoga pants and a cute top will not work for this event. Pull out the suit jacket and nice slacks. Pretend like this is a job interview. Would you wear yoga pants, cutoffs, or cargo shorts to one? Hopefully, your answer is no. Women go for neutral bottoms of slacks or business appropriate skirt, nice blouse, and either nice flats or a low heel. Men, opt for a suit or a nice pair of slacks, dress shirt, and tie.
- Research, research, research
Find out who is attending and stalk their company website and social media channels. Ask yourself, is there anything I would change about their website or social media channels? If so, make sure you bring it up. This will help you stand apart from the other hundred or so students who you are shaking the recruiters hand.
- Make them remember you!
The fact of the matter is that these recruiters see hundreds of people in such a short time frame, they will not remember you. The best way to get their brains moving is to send them an email. Try to bring up a memorable part of the conversation. If you are an extra bold person, give them a call. Note, this method may backfire.
There you have it, folks. Four awesome tips to get you through any career fair.