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Career Fair Preparation

How to prepare for a Career Fair
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Ron Orick

on 6 October 2016

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Transcript of Career Fair Preparation

Preparing for
a
Career Fair

Before the Fair
Determine your goals
Create/revise your resume
Note companies attending
Create your “A List" of companies
Write your 30 Second Commercial
Prepare/purchase/borrow professional attire
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

Get an internship
Explore job market information
Gain Career Fair experience
Find a job
WHAT’S NEXT?
Day Of The Event
LOOK TO SEE WHO IS COMING

Determine who is looking for you
Visit company websites
Rank companies in order of your interest
Determine and compile your "A List"
Final Checklist
CREATE/REVISE RESUME

Attend a Resume Workshop in person or online
Stop by Career Services or CSPD for a resume critique
Check and double check for errors
30 SECOND COMMERCIAL
Hello, my name is___________________.
These are the ones that will really separate you:

I am interested in your organization/talking with you because __________________

Could you tell me more about ___________________

 I am a (class) in the UAFS College of Business majoring in___________.
I have interest/experience in _________________________

 My career plan includes _____________
My immediate goal is _____________________
“A LIST” COMPANIES --
Do extra research

Tweak your 30 second commercial

Tell why you are specifically interested in the company

Demonstrate the unique benefit of hiring YOU

Attend their information sessions
DRESS APPROPRIATELY AND PROFESSIONALLY
Make copies of resumes
Get clothing ready
Practice 30 Second Commercial
Create strategies for meeting with recruiters
FIRST TIMERS:
Walk around
Observe student recruiter interaction
Practice before approaching an “A List”
DON’T FORGET
WHILE WAITING IN LINE
How long are recruiters spending with each person?
Be respectful of the recruiter’s time
Mentally practice what you want to say and ask
Look around and find role models
APPROACH RECRUITER
Introduce yourself
30 second commercial
Listen
Apply on UAFS CareerLink and watch deadlines
Apply on company website
When are they interviewing?
Ask What to do After
Follow up:

Write thank you notes
Apply CareerLink/company websites
Submit revised resumes, if necessary
Evaluate your performance
Organize information/Review Rankings
GET READY FOR INTERVIEWING
Inappropriate
Be sure to like Career Services on Facebook!
Additional Tips:
Be sure to visit the Career Services website to see who's attending
Tailor that Resume
...or not
(It could be the very next day!)
APPROPRIATE
Be prepared and be yourself!
UAFS Fall
All Majors Career Fair & Grad School Expo
Thursday, October 20, 2016
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Campus Center Reynolds Room
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