Spring is just around the corner! The birds are soon to be chirping, the grass will need cutting and the applications will need submitting! Coming up on March 9th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the Summer Camps + Part-time Job Fair will be kicking off in the Ojibwe Ballroom on the third floor of the Davies Center.
For any students looking for part-time or summer employment, this is going to be the place to be! Here are a few tips and tricks about how to get prepared and stay confident before, during and after the event.
- Do some research on who is attending
The biggest complaint from employers is that students don’t take the time to learn about the company beforehand. By showing that you are knowledgeable on the topic of their company, you are showing your possible employer that you care. Make sure you don’t ask any questions that are easily answered on their website either!
- Fix up your resume so it’s employer ready
Nobody wants to see spelling or grammatical errors on a resume. By taking the time to go through your work and make sure it is ready for an employer, you can appear much more professional. Visit Career Services today to get help from a professional to make sure your resume is in tip-top shape!
- Come up with an elevator pitch for a great first impression
Employers hear hundreds of names a day, and can easily forget who they are talking to. However, by making a memorable first impression, they are more likely to remember you during the interview and selection process as being a confident and well-spoken candidate.
- Pick out a professional outfit (no, your best pair of sweatpants don’t count…)
What you wear is super important, there are hundreds of people competing for a variety of different positions. Being able to stand out against the crowd in a professional way is key. Make sure you try to dress your best!
- Where does my name tag go?
Many people don’t realize that your name tag should have a specific placement. By putting it on the right side of your body where your ‘hand-shaking hand’ is, employers are able to glance in the direction of your name tag when you are shaking hands and introducing yourself.
- Grab a padfolio and print a few copies of your resume
Being prepared with resumes always looks professional with an employer. You want to be sure to leave them with your contact information, storing these in a padfolio is the cherry-on-top of professionalism.
- Don’t get stuck
Come up with a game plan based on which employers you’d like to connect with in advance and prioritize them. Additionally, leave some time for “wild cards”. Opportunities may present themselves that you didn’t plan on, so make sure your schedule is flexible for many conversations throughout the day.
- Remember that this is a networking opportunity
Grab as many flyers and business cards as you can throughout the day and make good first impressions with the employers. Then when it’s time for an interview, you will be able to reference the interaction in a cover letter or email.
- Follow up with employers
Taking the time to schedule an interview with the employer after your interaction is extremely important. Connecting with the employer allows for an opportunity for an in-depth conversation and a better chance at landing the job!
- Thank the employers for their time
Employers dedicate a lot of time to meeting with students and talking with them about possible future career opportunities. By acknowledging the time they spent with you and thanking them in some way, you are showing the employers that you care.
Overall, be confident, prepared and professional when attending any career fair and you are guaranteed to have a successful experience. For more information, feel free to head over to Hire-a-Blugold or stop by Career Services for any additional help! I hope to see you all at the Summer Camps + Part-time Job Fair!