By: Caitlin Brison
TFW you nail the CO-OP + CAREER Fair
An approach for everyone, whether you are low-key or EXTRA!
Find the list of employers attending on the “Fairs App” and research the ones that interest you.
Look to see if they have positions posted so you can find out more.
Create a spreadsheet, categorizing employers into A, B, and C lists.
Write down a few questions you might ask them at the fair. Refer to them before each conversation.
Write, review, and edit your resume.
Come to Drop-Ins to make sure it is ready for the Career Fair.• Print out 10-20 copies and tuck them in a folder to hand out.
Make an appointment with your CO-OP + CAREER Advisor to go over your Resume.
Print 10-20 copies and carry them in a professional padfolio.• Make your own business cards.
The plan is to go, shake some hands, meet some employers, ask good questions, and hand out some resumes. Go with it!
Locate the employer booths on the Fairs App ahead of time and map out your route.
Maybe talk to a couple employers on your C list to start before moving on to your first choices!
Gather your professional attire.
Visit WITwear to borrow any items you may still need!
Iron, steam, fresh haircut! Look your best.
Also…visit WITwear to borrow any items you need!
Build a 30-second pitch and practice it in the mirror so you come across relaxed and professional.
Practice a firm handshake.
Record yourself and watch it back. Be mindful of eye contact, fidgets, and filler (“um, like”).
Pitch with a friend and practice your handshakes!
Shake their hand and thank them for their time answering your questions and speaking to you.
Collect business cards so you can write thank you notes the next day.
If they requested your application electronically – pass it along or let them know you applied!
Check out ALL our helpful guides on resumes, networking, pitches, and more on our website:
Spring 2018 WITwear Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 AM – 8 PM, Fri 10 AM – 4 PM
Spring 2018 All Day Resume Drop-ins: Thurs 3/15 & Fri 3/16 10 AM – 4 PM
CO-OPS + CAREERS Office + Douglas D Schumann Library & Learning Commons
“What to Wear and How to Prepare” Exhibit: Library Red Gallery, March 12th – March 20th.
Make an appointment with your Co-op + Career Advisor by calling the front desk at 617 989 4101.