“It’s all about who you know” is a common expression heard when discussing landing a dream job after college. Although there are other job-landing factors like a stellar GPA and outstanding performance in an internship, there’s definitely some truth to it; networking can open some fantastic doors for your career. That’s why university career fairs can be such valuable tools for students. USA holds several career fairs throughout the year.
- Bring a resume. Employers from numerous industries will be in attendance and ready to meet prospective employees (that’s you)! Make sure your resume is up-to-date, printed in a clear, easy-to-read font and free of errors.
- Dress professionally. Your outfit--not you--will make the first impression on prospective employers, and you want it to be a good one. Hair should be well-groomed, and your clothes should be clean, pressed, and professional. This means a suit and tie for males and a suit (pants or skirt), with a coordinating blouse, for females.
- Be open-minded. Even if you have your heart set on a particular company, don’t spend all your time with that one employer. Visit the other industry booths--you never know where a five-minute conversation with a recruiter could lead.
- Bring a portfolio. Not only will you need a place to put the extra copies of your resume and all the business cards you are given, holding a high-quality portfolio (a leather folder) gives you something to do with your hands besides fidget. It also will make you feel organized, which contributes to confidence.
With these tips, you’ll be able to rock a career fair. It never hurts to be prepared!