By Erica Alitiem, Career Coach
Career Showcase is just around the corner (Tuesday, Feb. 19). Here are some tips to help you prepare:
- Good idea to attend the career fair in the beginning if you are able. For one, it’s not as crowded and you can generate more face time and visit more companies but towards the end, recruiters are often rushed or pre-occupied in packing their things up and making it their flight, if applicable.
- Don’t hit your top employers first. Practice. Try establishing your groove with employers that you might be as interested in.
- Be open-minded. Don’t be overly focused on the well-known company brands. Longer lines typically mean more competitive hiring processes. A less well known, smaller, or less glamorous companies offer great opportunities that may be more attainable, lucrative and offer a wealth of experience.
- Ask for the interview! If you have genuine interest in an employer, conducted research, and maybe even applied on line, what’s the worst that could happen? Even if schedules are closed and the employer is interviewing the next day, recruiters typically have the flexibility to add candidates to their schedule.
- Meet as many people as possible. This is a great opportunity to practice your networking. This is not the only event going on; info sessions and club participation.
After a career fair:
Follow up and send a thank you note. Connect with employer contacts on LinkedIn or with alumni/connections to the company. Ask for information interviews. The more a company sees you, the more likely you will receive an interview, now or in the future. Believe it or not, many companies track student attendance in events.