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Career Fair Prep

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Career Fair Prep
Lehigh University
Career Services
Rauch Business Center Suite 484
Career Development Model
Learning Objectives
Pointers on preparing your resume for the Career Fair
Learn where to find the list of employers attending, and how to make a game plan
Learn how to introduce yourself to employers and perfect your "pitch"
How to follow-up after the career fair
Career Fair Resume Tips
Have several printed copies
As an undergraduate your resume is a
page document
Utilize key words and industry terms
Have the most relevant information at the top
Add an objective/ summary
How to Communicate Your Brand
A "power adjective", "power adjective" <blank> major seeking a <position, opportunity> where I can bring value by <personal characteristic, skills, etc.>

Professional Summary
Expresses what you have to offer – skills/competencies, knowledge bases
Markets you effectively
Frames your resume

Professional Summary
What is a Professional Summary?
A summary of your collective experience describing your competencies and unique strengths

Summary should include terminology/buzz words relevant to your specific industry/position

A key communication tool. It will be used:
On your resume
Your introduction (elevator speech/pitch)
In networking meetings
In interviews

1. Professional Interest(s)
2. Expertise
3. Types of Organizations/environments
4. Unique strengths

An analytical, adaptive supply chain major seeking a summer internship where I can bring value through my knowledge of logistics and my diverse global perspective.
Making a game plan
Who is coming to the fair?
LUCIE - Lehigh.edu/careerservices

Click Events
Click Career Fair
Click Spring 2015 Career Fair
Explore Companies attending, their Overview, and potentially available positions
Do your homework
Practice your Introduction
Prepare questions to ask the employers
Elevator pitch
Eye contact
Be organized
It is not about the give-aways!
Know which companies are coming, who you want to speak to, and why
Prepare questions in advance:
Employers want employees who are proactive, thoughtful, and listen well. Make yourself stand out with smart questions.

Don't ask about:
- DON'T ask "what does your company do?" This is a major annoyance to employers; you should know this in advance. Also, not all employers are "companies." Some are government agencies or non-profits.
- Don't ask for information you could have easily learned on the employer's website.
- Don't ask about salary and benefits. (The employer should initiate discussion of those topics. A job/career fair is not the place for a job seeker to initiate this.)

Do ask for information you could not find on the employer's website.
- What kind of person are you seeking for the(se) position(s)?
- What particular skills do you value most?
- What do you like about working for your organization?
(Remember that some employers have employee testimonials on their website. Check those out in advance.)
- What are current issues that your organization is facing that would have an impact on new hires?

Show what you know, and ask for more:
- I read about about xyz project on your website. Is your department involved in that work?
- Several graduates of my major have gone to work for your organization and they speak highly about their experience. What are the career paths for new hires over the first few years on the job?
Prepare a 20 to 30 second introduction to use with employers. You don't want to sound like a telephone solicitor reading a script; you do want to sound like you thought about why you're there. It might be something like,

"Hello. I'm Daria Henderson, a junior in Communication Studies and Marketing. I'm looking for an internship related to marketing for next summer. I read on your web site that (name of company) has an internship program in your corporate marketing department, and I've done some project work that I believe gave me skills related to the internship work. I'm very interested in your program."

Keep in mind that some employer representatives may take control of the conversation quickly and you may do more listening than speaking, but you do want to be prepared to be proactive rather than passive.
Do not ask about things easily found on their website
Do showcase your knowledge of the company
Carry a folder or folio to keep your resumes crease free and organized
Do not bring a lot of "stuff" to carry, keep your hands free for handshakes and collecting business cards
Jot down notes about the conversation afterward- This will help with follow-up!
Send a thank you email to the representatives you speak with
Dear Mr. Barnett,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me at the Central Florida Career Fair today. I certainly appreciate your time and attention in the midst of so many students seeking jobs.

You were extremely thorough in explaining Verizon's customer service and marketing trainee program. Now that I have a better idea of what the position entails, I am even more sure that I would be an asset to your team and to Verizon.

My solid education from Lakeland University's Marketing Department and the fact that I have worked my way through college show a work ethic and determination, two qualities you said were important to success at Verizon.

I look forward to an opportunity to visit Verizon's Tampa office and speak to you further about the trainee program. I will contact you next week to arrange an appointment.

Thank you again for your time and consideration.

What to Wear

Business suit
—more conservative to wear a skirt, but pant suits are fine. Stick to dark colors—navy, black, brown, grey,

— must be knee-length, do not wear short, tight, clingy or with a high slit. Hosiery is required with skirts at all times and should be skin color or darker

—polished, closed toe shoes in a low to mid heel height

—neatly styled, out of your face, and a no touch style

—simple jewelry and accessories, kept to a minimum
• No cologne or perfume—small interview rooms, some people may have fragrance allergies
What to Wear

General rule
: solid color suit and shirt and a patterned tie.

Business suit
—navy to dark grey

—long enough to cover your socks, have a slight break over shoes

—conservative pattern (solids, stripes, small patterns and should reach your belt line)

— polished shoes in black, cordovan, brown.

— should match your suit and not allow any skin to show when you cross your legs. No white socks!

— leather and matches your shoes
• Refrain from buttoning the bottom button of your jacket
• Well-groomed hair and facial hair
• No cologne or perfume—small interview rooms, allergies
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