Career Fairs can be overwhelming but with adequate preparation, any student can succeed. Here are some guidelines to help you through the process:
What do I bring?
- A plan of what companies you want to talk with as well as research on each one. This should include a couple of practice companies to help you get comfortable.
- Portfolio (Simple black one with a pad of paper on one side and a pocket on the other side)
- Plenty of Resumes (Based on how many companies you want to talk to X2)
- Business Cards (Click here for help)
- Proper Attire (check out our Pinterest board for help)
- Mints in your pocket
- A watch (to plan your time strategically without having to look at your phone, if you use your phone make sure it is on silent)
- A Pitch
- Look on your university website to identify your Career Fairs date and time, dress code, and list of companies attending
- Pick a couple of practice companies to talk to first in order to help you get warmed up
- Don’t walk away from any table without the first and last name of the person you talked to
- Before you talk to the next person, take some notes on the conversation you just had so that you can reference it later for your thank you note
A quick summary of who you are and what you are looking for
Intro: Offer your name, a firm handshake, and give them a resume
Objective: Why you’re there, what type of job you’re looking for, and where
Summary: Briefly summarize education, experience, and interests
Closing: Reiterate your interest, thank the employer (get a business card if possible)
Hi, I’m [NAME], I’m a [junior MIS] major, graduating in [May 2018], looking for an [MIS internship this summer].
Really enjoy —–
I’m very interested in (company) and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for talking with me.