Be aware of employer expectations…
Some employers are only collecting resumes; some may not be able to accept any resumes and may ask you to submit application materials online. Some are building/assessing an applicant pool; some are ready to fill specific vacancies.
Some will expect you to express your interest by already knowing about their organization; some will view this day as a career fair/information gathering process. Most employers will expect you will follow up if you are interested. All employers expect you to be professional, willing to initiate conversation and able to highlight your strengths.
Did you know…
You can attend the Career Services Career Fair Prep Workshop which is offered every term? Join us on Monday, February 20th from 3:00-4:00 pm for our “Success at the Career Fair” workshop here in Kerr Administration. Unable to make that day/time, just contact our office to set up a time to meet with a career counselor individually.
What to ask employers…
First and foremost, questions should be natural. Be yourself. Don’t rifle your questions; maintain a flow.
Here are some sample questions to ask organization representatives:
- What kind of entry‐level positions exist within your company?
- Do you offer internships?
- If so, what percentage of interns are offered positions after graduation?
- What does your company consider the 5 most important qualities in an employee?
- What courses do you suggest in order to be a successful candidate?
- What personality traits are important for success in your company?
- What made you chose this company?
- How long have you been with the company?
- What goals does your company have for the next five years and beyond?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?
Don’t be fooled…
A common misconception is that an accounting student should only look for employment at accounting firms for example. However, what you must remember is that most businesses have an accountant on staff. Don’t discount a company because you think they are specifically an “engineering company,” because guess what, that engineering company also needs an employee to handle their marketing, people to run their HR department etc. Moral of the story, there will be a wide variety of industries represented at the fair but don’t assume that your major won’t apply to certain companies just because of the industry they’re in.
Want sweet FREE stuff?
Come to the fair, get awesome stuff. It’s really that simple. The participating employers love spoiling you, our students, so come check out what the swag they’re giving away. No spoilers here.
Many students find internships and jobs at the Career Fair. Here is what a previous student said about her experience:
I found my position by looking at the Career Services website before the Career Fair. I knew there were three employers I really wanted to talk to so I found them on the website, got the link to their company websites to research them, and then went into the Career Fair feeling great…and got a job!
– Loni Hartman
CH2M Hill, Columbia, HP …oh my!
Check out which employers are going to be at the fair! And don’t forget, many small companies offer excellent jobs, pay, and more and they might be the offer the first job and experience to help you land your dream job someday.
“I make that one copy and I become the girl who makes copies. And by the end of the day I’m the receptionist again. And the worst part is, I like making copies. The paper comes out all warm and stuff. And it’s cold in there! Because it’s technically a closet.” –Pam, from the Office
So maybe you’re ideal job isn’t working for Dunder Mifflin, a Paper Company (then again, who WOULDN’T want to work for Michael Scott?!) but the chances are, you will eventually need a job. Why not set some goals for yourself after college now, and whether that includes setting your own hours, helping find a cure for cancer, or being successful period, now is the time to start thinking about life after college.