Take advantage of this opportunity to meet employers and alumni who want to talk to you about their occupations and employment opportunities. Gather information on career options, develop a network of contacts, identify job or internship openings, or land an interview. Use the following tips to make the most of Career Expo
Expand Your Focus
Don’t exclude an employer that appears unrelated to your major. Technical companies offer non–technical positions, and vice–versa. A technical company may have openings in human resources, marketing, management or accounting. Employers do look for candidates with a strong liberal arts background and internship experience.
Communicate Your Purpose
If you are looking for a job, state the type of position which interests you. If you are gathering information, tell employers you are exploring career options and are interested in learning about them.
Make a Strong First Impression
When meeting employers, introduce yourself, offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, state your purpose, ask questions, listen and act professionally. If you are hoping to land an interview, dress in business attire.
Highlight Your Strengths
Be prepared to discuss your qualifications that are most related to the job. Practice your “pitch” so you can approach employers with confidence.
Bring Your Resume
Bring enough resumes to give to organizations you are targeting. Carry them in a binder. Omit the objective so you don’t limit yourself.
Use questions to increase your knowledge of industry trends, job options and career paths. Try these questions:
- What entry-level positions in (state your career interest) are available in your organization?
- What kind of background do you look for when filling these positions?
- How do you see this field changing over the next five years?
- What advice would you give me if I wanted to break into this field?
Request a business card for your records. If you want a job interview, send a thank-you note within 24 hours and include your resume.