Tips For Your Career Success How To Work a Job
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Tips For Your Career Success How To Work a Job Fair A job fair provides a fantastic networking opportunity, allowing you to meet and gather information on multiple employers. By meeting employers face‐to‐face, your first impression is more memorable than just sending your resume. Preparation • Dress as you would for any other job interview. Make sure you look professional and wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking quite a bit. • Bring multiple copies of your resume. Review the information on resume writing in our Career Guide. Have your resume critiqued by one of our career counselors. • Review the list of companies attending and do your research on each one! Tips for the Day of the Job Fair Arrive early As the day progresses, the likelihood of having an employer’s full attention diminishes due to crowds, noise and fatigue. Review the employer listing Create a list of the 4 to 5 companies you are most interested in. Go to those booths/ tables first. Plan a strategy to make the best use of your time; don’t wander! If you have an interest in a position that is not handled by the recruiter, make sure to ask for the name and title of the person you need to speak with. Ask the recruiter to please pass your resume on to him/her. Send a follow up letter to both individuals. Prepare a short introduction Walk up to the table, extend your hand for a handshake and introduce yourself. Set yourself apart from other job seekers by making a one minute commercial to showcase your abilities. A well‐prepared, informative commercial should include the following; your name, reason for attending the fair, knowledge of the company/industry, and how your skills and experiences relate to the position for which you are applying. O:\accs\Handouts\Handouts Clear your mind between interviews After each interview, put away business cards, write down names and important information, and then clear your mind. It doesn’t help your candidacy if you are talking with Proctor and Gamble and keep mentioning how great it would be to work for Johnson and Johnson. Writing down information and clearing your head should help you remember important names and information as you put closure to each interview. Questioning You have a limited amount of time to make a good impression. Use questions to help you under‐ stand what the interviewer is looking for in the ideal candidate and then use that information to showcase yourself. Question: “What skills would the ideal marketing representative have?” Response: “As you can see from my experience…” Close the sale Your goal is to gain a second interview. If you are seriously interested in the job, TELL the employer. If you don’t appear interested and enthusiastic, the employer may assume you aren’t. You may want to use something like the following: “ I would like the opportunity to have a second interview, as I feel my qualifications are well suited for the position. I am very interested in this position and would like to talk with you further.” Follow up Keep a list of all the contacts you make, their titles and companies. Be sure to get a business card from every recruiter you speak with. If the recruiter has run out of cards, carefully copy down their name, title, address, e‐mail and phone number. Send a thank you letter within 24 hours to EVERY person you speak with at the job fair. Make sure this letter contains some reminder of your conversation with the recruiter and information which makes you stand out from the rest of the candidates. Thank the recruiter for the opportunity to discuss your qualifications and re‐state your interest in the position and a second interview. Network Every person you talk with has the potential to be a job lead. Keep in mind that the minute you enter the job fair you are in an interview and must act professionally at all times. Other candidates can be very helpful. They may be leaving a situation that could be perfect for you or have interviewed with a company you had not considered. Share leads, resources and ideas with others.