Come to our Career Fair on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
10:00am to 1:30pm
Located in the CRC Fountain Quad
TURN A CAREER FAIR INTO A JOB OFFER
Talk face-to-face with lots of employers, all in one day, all in one place. Fairs offer an opportunity to meet employers and learn about related fields. Students will also be able to obtain information about current and future hiring opportunities.
BEFORE THE FAIR:
Plan ahead: view a list of companies attending the Career Fair. Employer enrollment will begin in January, 2018. Once we have confirmed employers we will provide a list of all employers that will be attending the Career Fair.
Conduct research on those companies by visiting their website. Find out who they are, what they do, and why you might want to work there.
Rank the companies so you can visit those of most interest first; work your way through your list as you have time.
Update and polish your resume. Utilize the Career Center before the fair or the Resume Review station during the fair. You can also bring a portfolio with samples of your best work, a summary of your accomplishments, a list of awards, artwork, etc.
Come prepared with paper copies of your résumé, but also load your résumé onto a memory stick or thumb drive so it can be transferred to another computer if necessary.
Dress business casual when meeting with employers on a college campus. First impressions are important.
Prepare a short “commercial” or your “sales pitch” so that you can use when you introduce yourself to recruiters. Additionally, it is wise to develop some questions to ask the employers (see back of handout).
DURING THE FAIR:
Approach the employers alone and not in groups. Don’t use your cell phone or headphones when you are approaching tables.
Focus on the organizations and their opportunities—not their giveaways. Be prepared to speak with employer representatives and gather company literature at the fair.
Display a professional attitude and be polite. Listen to what the recruiter has to say and ask appropriate questions while being respectful of the recruiter’s time.
If you are interested in a company after speaking with them, ask recruiters about the hiring process and any hiring deadlines.
Ask for a recruiter’s business card and write down pertinent notes on them so you can follow up.
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QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK EMPLOYERS AT THE FAIR:
1. What types of career opportunities do you offer?
2. Can you describe the qualifications and skills you look for in an applicant?
3. What is a typical career path with your company/organization?
4. What is a typical day for someone working as a (front desk clerk) at your company?
5. What makes someone successful within your company/organization?
6. What advice would you give someone seeking work within your company/organization?
7. What types of entry-level opportunities exist within your company/organization?
8. What do you like most about working for your company?
9. Can you describe the company culture and management style?
10. What kind of training do you offer?
11. How many people are in the department?
12. What is the next step? How can I arrange a job interview?
AFTER THE FAIR:
Follow up – make yourself memorable by emailing or calling the recruiter regarding a specific position or other career opportunities for those companies you are interested in.