With the Spring Career & Internship Expo right around the corner, it is crucial to prepare so that you can get the most out of your experience. Whether this is your first time attending a career fair or you are a well seasoned veteran, here are some tips to help you make the most out of your experience.
Do your research!
This is absolutely crucial! Common feedback from employers after career fairs state that students did not know a lot about their company. If you want to make a good first impression and stand out, research companies that you’re interested in beforehand. Did you know that there is a database of over 4,000 employers in Career Connection? The Employer Directory contains all employers who have ever posted a job or visited Georgia College for a career fair, networking event, or interview day. Through the directory, you can link directly to the employer’s website which will have the most up-to-date job information. If all else fails, a simple Google search can provide you information about the types of jobs they offer, skills they look for, company culture, and more. Based off the information you find, try to come up with one or two open-ended questions to ask recruiters. Make sure you check out the full list of companies attending!
Be prepared to talk about yourself!
A question you will get asked at every career fair and interview is ‘tell me a little about yourself’. Practice how you will introduce yourself to employers, and don’t be afraid to tweak it depending on the company you are talking to. You don’t want to freeze when you are asked this question, so be familiar with your talking points. Those would include knowing your key strengths or positive qualities as well as explaining why are you interested in the organization, or more generally, the industry.
Dress for success!
First impressions are incredibly important at career fairs, and your outward appearance is a huge part of this. The Career Center staff recommends business professional for juniors and seniors and business casual for freshman and sophomores. It is always a good practice to dress for the job you want, so dress to impress! You should also come prepared with multiple copies of your resume to hand out to the recruiters. If you want your resume to shine, be sure to attend the drop-in Resume Review Day hosted by the Career Center on Monday March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get business cards from the recruiters that you speak with at the Expo. Out-shine other candidates and send the recruiters an email thanking them for taking the time talk to you. Try to include a talking point so they will remember you. For example, if you had a great conversation about the exciting new developments coming to Atlanta, bring that up. This shows recruiters that you are actually interested in their company, and will make you stand out among the hundreds of people they meet at job fairs. Remember, your goal is to stand apart from the other candidates!
Still have some questions about how to prepare for next week’s Career & Internship Expo? Don’t fret. In addition to Resume Review Day, the Career Center staff will have a table with fun interactive games to answer any last-minute questions on Monday, March 5 from 10 am-4 pm near the water fountain. Or, feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor through Unify.