The Career Fair will be hosted tomorrow afternoon at the U.S Century Bank Arena and we are confident that you will all do AMAzing. In order to help you successfully prepare for this event, we have also created a short list of details to keep in mind when you meet the corporate employers.
- Dress for Success:
Although this might totally sound like a cliché, it is still something to keep in mind. Your appearance is as much a part of what you are trying to pitch to your employers as are your skills and experiences. Appearance is a very important part of selling yourself. Just as your resume shows what you have accomplished, your appearance shows the type of individual you are. In the career fair, you will be competing against hundreds of students that have worked and prepared themselves for that moment. Having a professional, yet unique style, will give you the distinction you need and that little extra to your overall presentation.
- Elevator Speech:
Here’s when the real deal begins. After already successfully creating a good first impression, you have to confirm that you are indeed a unique, well rounded individual ready to land that job. Unlike otherwise often assumed, your elevator speech consists of not only your brief introduction but also every movement, stance, or action you take right after shaking the employer’s hand. No, the career fair is not a test but you are being evaluated by every single thing you do. Having the right posture, a firm handshake, and making eye contact shows confidence and trustworthiness. These are signs the employer is unconsciously looking for and will know to recognize. Humans, in general, tend to pay attention more to signs and body language than to words. Now, we are not saying that what you say won’t matter. On the contrary, we are simply advising you to strongly support your introduction by literally emitting confidence.
Link from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/02/04/the-perfect-elevator-pitch-to-land-a-job/
Your resume could be the single most important part of your overall presentation. Why? Because, even after your exceptional appearance and elevator speech are forgotten in the crowded memory of employers that day, they will still be taking with them a representation of you. According to my experience in other career fairs, employers tend to make notes in your resume as you give them your elevator speech. However, although that’s fantastic, the real challenge comes later on when your resume is compared with everyone else’s. Make sure to highlight your best attributes, experiences, and even extra-curriculars. Show that you are an overall well-rounded person (they love that!) As for the design of the resume, keep it clean and condensed. They want to know more about your skills, not read an autobiography. And don’t forget to make it the absolute best representation of you it can be! Also, please take more than enough copies with you, you never know how many you will need.
Link from CareerCup: http://www.careercup.com/resume
- Be Informed!
You want to know exactly which companies will be at the fair and what majors they are seeking. If this is your first time ever going to a career fair you will find that finding employers providing the opportunities you are searching for is very overwhelming when you are not sufficiently prepared. Knowing exactly which employers you want to meet and talk to will save you a lot of time, and at the same time you will be more prepared to talk to them specifically. And this takes me to my next little tip. Knowing what employers will be at the fair in time will also allow you to customize your resume to cater to those employers specifically as ways of differentiating yourself from the crowd.
Since you are an AMAzing person, we have also included a list of the employers you should expect tomorrow here.
Link from Business Insider, “How to Get the Most out of Job Fairs” http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-job-fairs-2014-3