Student Preparation for Career Fairs

Get Ready for the RPTS Career & Internship Fair!

BEFORE THE FAIR

Revise your resume

  • This is the only document employers will have to remember you!
  • Utilize walk-ins in the Career Center M-F from 8:30am – 11:00am & 1:30pm – 4:00pm.

Research employers

  • Explore the list of employers, and identify whom you want to meet.
  • Visit the websites from your list of employers that interest you to learn about the organization.
  • Use AggieNetwork.com for the “Find an Aggie” feature to research former students hired by that employer.

Develop your pitch

Include in your pitch… 

  • Concrete information
    • Name
    • Graduation (month and year)
    • Degree and Major
  • Subjective information
    • Themes of your experience
    • Emphasize high impact experiences (Study Abroad, Leadership positions, etc.)
    • Share your interests and passions
  • Connecting Information
    • Why this organization?
    • Why this job?

Prepare your materials

  • Prepare questions that you would like the employers to answer.
  • Bring a pen and blank paper to write additional notes on the day of the fair.
  • Carry a professional-looking portfolio or folder to hold papers.

Plan your attire

  • Look employable!
  • First impressions are lasting impressions to the employers and attire is a part of that.
  • Being well-dressed will show you are prepared for the career transition and will help you feel confident.
  • Hospitality, event and tourism employers will expect business professional or business casual (not party attire; no bare shoulders).
    • Visit the Career Closet in the MSC to rent a FREE suit for the fair if you don’t already own one and for professional attire advice.
  • Employers in the Community Recreation and Parks, Parks and Conservation, and Youth Development/Camps sectors will expect business casual attire, or at the very least, nice slacks and a button-down or polo shirt.

DURING THE FAIR (

Note: you do not need to register ahead of time, but please bring your student ID

Allow yourself plenty of time

  • Walk through the fair to get the layout and strategize your approach for each of your key employers.
  • Check your appearance one final time and silence your phone.

Listen to what employers say

  • Prior to your introduction, listen to the conversations before yours to get a feel for your upcoming conversation.
  • After your introduction, learn as much as you can about the opportunities the employer has available.

Connect with the recruiter

  • Greet the recruiter with a confident and firm handshake.
  • Maintain eye contact when talking with the recruiter.
  • Introduce yourself, share your pitch, and explain why you are interested in their company and their position(s).
  • Be enthusiastic and smile!  This is your opportunity to share your passion and project your interest in the organization.

Possible questions to ask employers

  • What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?
  • What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization?
  • Are there specific career tracks within the organization?
  • What is your organization’s culture like?
  • What can I do to help add value to the company?
  • What made you choose this company and why do you stay?
  • How long have you been with the company?

Collect important information

  • Take notes and ask for a business card.

Review your notes

  • Take breaks between meeting with recruiters.
  • Write down any additional notes following meeting the recruiter and create a list of any follow-up actions so you don’t forget.
  • Collect your thoughts for the next meeting so you are refreshed and prepared for the next meeting.

 

AFTER THE FAIR

Review and reflect

  • Consider which employers you felt the best connection with, and decide what your next step should be.
  • Think about your connection with each recruiter.  To what extent could you see yourself working alongside them?  What impression did they give about the kind of people who fit their corporate culture?

Contact employers of interest to you

Send an email to thank the recruiter for the conversation and to remind them of your interest in, and your fit with, the position.

Commit to your future

  • Complete any follow-up actions and apply to the positions you are interested in.
  • Don’t expect to get an immediate job offer based on a conversation with the recruiter at the fair.
  • Utilize your Career Fair experience as one of the many way you will explore potential career paths and where you see yourself after graduation.
  • Create a professional contacts list and add the information you gathered at the fair so you can reference it for future professional networking purposes.

Source: Texas A&M Career Center; Revised from:

http://careercenter.tamu.edu/Events/Liberal-Arts-Career-Fair-Student-Information

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