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How to Prepare for Career Events

Career Fairs, Networking & Professional Events

  • Career Fair Tips

    Introduction to Career Fairs

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  • Resume Tips
  • Introducing Yourself

    Elements of a 1-minute intro:

    1. I AM ... a junior majoring in English who will graduate in (month/year).
    2. I HAVE ... experience/knowledge, expertise/interest in ....
    3. I AM LOOKING FOR ... career/internship/volunteer opportunity/information/advice in ....

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    Remember to:

    • Maintain eye contact.
    • Give a firm handshake.
    • Engage in the conversation (don't be walking away, on your phone, or looking around). Focus on the person in front of you.
    • Ask questions.
  • Dress for Success

    When you are clean, polished, neat, and dressed for the occasion, your posture lifts, you are poised, and you walk and talk with a heightened sense of confidence. Check out these guidelines for dressing to impress on a budget.

    Feminine Business Formal vs. Casual

    Masculine Business Formal vs. Casual

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    Dress on a Budget Guide
  • Questions for Recruiters

    Questions students should ask recruiters:

    1. What are some career opportunities for my major at your company?
    2. What are some of the entry level positions for someone with a degree/interest in...?
    3. What are qualifications for jobs in this field?
    4. Does the company offer internships?
    5. What is a typical day for someone working as a (duck breeder) at your company?
    6. What are the characteristics of the most successful employees at your company?
    7. What do you like most about working for your company?
    8. What is the company culture and management style at your company?
    9. What kind of training do you offer?
    10. How should I follow up with you and when?
  • Follow Up

    Want to be remembered? Collect the recruiter's business card to send a follow-up email and a hand-written thank you card within 48 hours after meeting key recruiters or employers. Tips for follow-up include:

    1. Thank the recruiter for speaking with you.
    2. Mention which fair they attended where you met.
    3. Mention the positions you are interested in (if any).
    4. State something specific that the two of you discussed.

    If you are a senior interested in a specific position, state your interest for an interview and that you will be in contact within the week to schedule one.

    Example Follow Up

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