September 25, 2014

The Career Fair Series: Why?

Why should you come to a career fair?  If you graduate this winter the answer may be obvious, but if graduation is months or years away, you may be letting other events take priority. Here are a few reasons why you should attend:

Career fairs are a great place to practice your soft skills. Employers are human; they are most interested in hiring someone who is friendly, polite, and confident.  If you need practice answering interview questions and learning how to build rapport with employers, attending a career fair before you start your job search is a great place to get that experience. Find the person who is networking well and mirror their body language.

Career fairs are a great place to network—with employers and with other attendees. Many small businesses hire irregularly or on too small a scale to attend a career fair.  Other attendees may know of small businesses who are hiring people with your particular skill set.

Career fairs are a job search resource. Experts say that you should plan to search for a job for nine months. The average job search takes 7.2 months! If you graduate in May, you should have started your job search this month in order to have a job lined up by graduation. A free event where you are able to meet dozens of employers all at once and make personal contact with recruiters is the perfect way to launch your job search.

Make sure that you carve out a few hours to attend  several Fall and Spring Career Fairs before you graduate.



September 17, 2014

The Career Fair Series: What You Need To Know

Our Part-Time Job Fair was a hit with employers! Many employers commented on how knowledgeable and well-prepared the students were. Those of you who came were truly Professional Pirates!

The Fall Career Fair is tomorrow, and the stakes are a bit higher: full-time jobs and extremely competitive internships are for the taking, if you put your best foot forward. This post is devoted to helping you job seekers feel just as knowledgeable and well-prepared!

Who is coming? Our final list of who is coming to the career fair is on CareerWeb, and the fair layout will be available at check-in. Come a little early and take a few minutes to get yourself oriented!

What should I say? Have a few questions prepared for the employers that you are interested in. Make sure that you also have a brief elevator pitch prepared.

What should I bring? This month’s newsletter thoroughly answers that question. Check out the September issue!

What should I wear? Business attire is required at this fair. The last post should refresh your memory of what business attire looks like.

What else?

Take a deep breath and stay positive, Pirates! You’re doing a great job, and you’ll get a great job, too!

August 21, 2014

The Career Fair Series: What to Wear

The Part Time Job Fair and the full time Fall Career Fair are right around the corner. It’s time to get ready, and we are here to help! The next few posts are going to make up a Career Fair series. Career Services’ August Newsletter was completely dedicated to making the most of the Career Fair. If you have any lingering questions, definitely check out that issue!

The Part Time Job Fair doesn’t have a required dress code, but Business Casual Dress is recommended. If you’re wondering what Business Casual looks like, the answer is, “I’ll know it when I see it.” Even Forbes magazine isn’t quite sure how to define it, so we’ll focus on what Business Casual is not. Business casual is not as formal as a suit or as casual as jeans—any jeans! Business casual is probably not khakis either, depending on who you ask. You’re safest in a dark skirt or pants and a collared shirt.

At the Fall Career Fair, business attire is required. Business formal is pretty self-explanatory, and there’s another incentive to wear your suit and tie: the LinkedIn photo booth is going to be at the Career Fair, and you’ll want to get a professional-looking headshot for your profile picture!

The Part-Time Job Fair is from 12-3 on September 4th. The Fall Career Fair is from 3-6 on September 18th. Save the date, and meet us in the Student Union Ballroom looking your best!