Northeastern University’s Co-op and Career Development department host its Fall 2016 Career Fair, which continues to grow in popularity with students (and employers!) To add a bit of history, we’ve been hosting this event for well over 40 years! On Thursday, October 6, please join us from 12pm-4pm in Cabot Gym and Solomon Court – it will be time well spent! With over 250 employers slated to attend, you will be sure to find your future career, find out more about companies and get connected!
So how do you truly shine and make your mark at the fair? Here are 5 tips that will help you be on top of your game Read on!
- Attend & Participate in Career Fair Success Tips Panel. PRIOR to the Career Fair, this workshop should be on your calendar. You will be able to hear from recruiters about how to “do your homework” and organize your day (get insider secrets too) Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 – 6:30 Room 105 Shilman
2. Research the Employer – Come prepared! Do your homework! An employer list will be on our website, so refer to the site two days before the fair.
Your homework assignment, if you choose to accept it, will be to research the following:
What employers interest you? Write them down!
What product to they sell, distribute, create, publish, promote, etc.?
What skills are the employer looking for when hiring? (i.e., design, tech, writing,) are they hiring for full-time or internships, co-op,)?
Which positions are currently open on their website? Write them down
What are some important values the employer holds? What is the culture like?
The more you know, the more productive you will be! Write down a few facts about the companies you want to visit. Bring your notes and refer to them – this will be useful since the lines at the fair can be LONG, so don’t wait in line to meet companies that are not top on your list or you don’t know a lot about! Don’t waste YOUR time or the EMPLOYERS time.
3. Get a Strategy for the Day – Not every single employer will have immediate jobs for your major or industry and unless you have a crystal ball, you won’t be able to visit every single table. Make TWO plans of attack for the companies you want to talk with. 1. get to the fair early if you can and 2. be flexible! If long lines throw a wrench in your original plan, set a goal to meet at least ONE employer and get their business card! to follow-up.
4. Practice, Practice, & Practice Your “Intro. Pitch” – You want to make a great impression with employers, so rehearse your 60-second commercial “pitch” about YOU. Advertise your skills and experience, BE SPECIFIC. Employers have a short amount of time to talk with you, so be clear and concise. Oh and SMILE, approach employers with enthusiasm.
5. Dress for Success and Impress – The first impression is HUGE! Wear an outfit that you feel confident in and that doesn’t mean jeans, or your NU shorts, or those comfy sneakers. Put effort into your appearance and wear that suit and tie, or that dress or skirt you were saving for special events. Keep this in mind “better to be OVER dressed, then UNDER dressed.”
Christine is the Associate Director, Marketing and Communications for Co-op and Career Development and manages The Works! Christine has a background working in corporate communications with a focus on marketing and branding. She is a proud Alumna of Northeastern, graduate from the D’Amore McKim School of Business with a concentration in Marketing. An avid workout and outdoors person, you can find her skiing out West, jumping around in kickboxing classes, or simply enjoying reading a Nelson Demille novel in the great outdoors! Tweet her @CareerCoachNU or connect w/her on LinkedIn.