With so many employers at a Career Fair, it is extremely important to plan your strategy and make sure you leave a great impression. How can you accomplish that and stand out from other candidates? Here are some tips to help you prepare:
- Do your research. Choose your top 5-10 companies that you would like to speak with and understand what their mission is and what they are looking for. Additional information to research would include: products/services, competition, history/vision, size, office locations, industry trends, job opportunities. You can find most of the information on the company’s website, Career Services, newspaper articles, Monster, GlassDoor, LinkedIn, etc.
- Review your resume. Make sure your resume is updated, and if you know of a specific job that you wish to apply to, adapt your resume to that position, if possible. Use keywords mentioned in job descriptions to tailor your resume. Bring at least ten copies of your resume because you never know how many people you would be speaking with.
- Prepare your elevator pitch. You have limited time to talk to employers so make the most of it and include the following in your pitch: full name, year, major; example of a skill or accomplishment you have related to the position you are seeking; reason(s) why you are interested in the company/position/industry and what you would like to learn; and questions you may have about the company or job that could not be answered in your research.
- Be respectful. If there is a line behind you while you are speaking to an employer, make sure to keep the conversation to five minutes or less. This will also give the employer sufficient time to meet with other candidates, and you can follow up afterwards with a thank you note, reiterating the conversation you had with the employer so that s/he remembers you from the Career Fair.
Remember, this is your time to shine so focus on your strengths and be enthusiastic about approaching the employers. Best of luck!
Lee Ann Chan is an Undergraduate Campus Recruiter at Liberty Mutual Insurance recruiting for Corporate Programs. She previously served as a Campus Recruiter with the government and is currently the Co-Director of Collegiate Relations with the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Her hobbies include career coaching, baking, hiking, and singing.