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The 30 Second Commercial: Getting the Most Out of a Job Fair

Center for Career Opportunities

Ali Mears

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of The 30 Second Commercial: Getting the Most Out of a Job Fair

The 30 Second Commercial:
What's your first impression?
What impression are you making?
The 30-second Elevator Pitch
Before the Job Fair
Review employers attending.
Create a prioritized list of employers of interest.
Practice your elevator pitch with family/friends or during Drop-in hours at the CCO (M-F 10-4).
Know who is coming and research companies.
What do you want the recruiter to know about you?
What do you want to know about the company?

elevator pitch- deliver with confidence!
ask employers questions
resume/business cards

Getting the Most Out of a Job Fair
-Who you are
-Why you’re interested
-Why you’re qualified
-What do you have to offer

Know something about the company!
Consider asking them a question…

Are you familiar with ____ major?
What qualifications are you looking for in a candidate?
How may I arrange an interview with your organization?
What is your application process?
When should I begin applying in relation to my graduation date?

Common Questions
After the Fair
Follow-up with companies within 24 hours to restate interest, ask questions about next steps
If interested, inquire about a potential interview
Write a note on the back of your business cards to help you remember that person/company
Consider connecting with people you met on Linkedin.
Ali Mears, M.Ed.
Career Services Consultant
Center for Career Opportunities
132 Young Hall

Now located in Young Hall 132
Career Counseling Appointments M-F 8am-5pm
Drop-in Hours: M-F 10am-4pm
Register your myCCO account
Use Career Wiki to research companies
Don't forget:
Speaking of first impressions: The Handshake
What do you want to know?
Researching Companies
Company website
Talking with an employee
Career Wiki
Attend a company info session
Prepare Your Resume
Objective or no objective?
General resume or customized?
One page or two?
When do you give the resume to the recruiter?
How do you initiate talking about your resume?
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