It's that time of year again. Fall career fair days. Are you ready? With the competitive nature of the job market it is important to go out and attend career fairs. Whether you are looking for a full-time job or internship here are 5 quick tips to prepare for a career fair:
1. Have a Plan: Think about your goals: Are you looking for a full-time job, internship, research job or something else? There will be long lines so be prepared to get there early. If possible, contact your department to see if they are having any science networking events that you can attend. This is a good way to meet company representatives in a more relaxed setting. By planning ahead you will make the most out of your time at the career fair.
2. Do your Research: Before printing out your resume look over the list of companies that will be attending the career fair. Make a list of the companies that hire people in your major and explore their website to:
· Read up on their latest technologies, research and current openings
· Read the job descriptions and see what qualifications you have that fit the position
· Tailor each resume to fit the company. Although, this may be the most time consuming part it will be worth it. When you are prepared employers will see that you are knowledgeable and it will help you stand out in the crowd.
3. Dress the Part: Wear a suit in the neutral family (black, navy or gray) and pair it with comfortable dress shoes. If you have a lapel pin from a scholarship or organization wear it. Complete your look with confidence and a strong elevator pitch.
4. Get Business Cards: Another way to stand out is to use business cards. Business cards are a good way to network with others while at the career fair. You can include your LinkedIn profile url and professional website if you have one.
5. Follow-up: After the career fair (within 48 hours) send an email to follow-up and thank the representatives. Keep your subject line specific and include your name. That way when the representative gets the email it will be less likely to go to spam. For the body of your email keep your message professional and concise.
What tip was your favorite?