- Have you seen the Filter industry events page? It has a great list of networking events in the tech and creative industry that you might want to check out and attend!
- Want to know who is coming to the iSchool Employer Connections Fair? An updated list of attendees is now on our iSchool website! There is something for everyone, so get ready to attend!
How to Succeed at a Career Fair
We have the iSchool Employer Connections Fair coming up later this month (January 30th!), and you should be getting prepared! Here are the top 4 things you can do to ensure you make a solid first impression to hiring managers and recruiters at the fair.
1. Update and tailor your resume. Attend one of the Career Center resume workshops (see events list below!) to learn the important principles of putting together a good resume, update your resume, and then you can have it reviewed by Career Center staff at a drop-in appointment. If you need more help with your resume, make an appointment with me for a resume review and we can go over it together, or come to the iSchool drop-in resume review session on January 15th from 1:30 – 4:00 (see events list below!). Tailor your resume to each company you might be interested in approaching, and bring a folder of the different resumes with you to the fair. Even if you don’t know what specific position a company is hiring for, at least tailor it to the culture and mission of the company and what you think they are likely to be interested in hiring for (using all that great research that you’ll do!).
2. Practice your “elevator pitch”. Draft and rehearse the introduction you’ll use when you meet people at the career fair. Include your name (“Hi I’m Janet…), your role at the UW (“I’m a second year MLIS student…”), and then a little bit about what you’re interested in, and what you’re looking for (“I’m focused on information architecture and interested in web development. I did an internship in a small corporate library last year and I’m currently looking for full-time opportunities where I can focus on organizing data and information for a mid-size or small company.”) Better yet, tailor this introduction to each company that you want to target at the career fair. Instead of saying you’re looking for an internship or full time job generally, say why you’re specifically interested in the company the person you’re meeting represents.
3. Do your research. Review the list of employers attending the career fair, and research the opportunities they might have available, and what the company is like before you attend. Use resources like iCareers, HuskyJobs, Indeed.com, Forbes, Vault, and the company website.
4. Set a goal. Go to a career fair with a goal in mind. Is it to talk to a rep at your favorite 5 companies there? Is it to distribute as many resumes as possible? Is it to introduce yourself to someone new? Or maybe you just want to have one great conversation with one person at THE company of your dreams. Maybe you’re just there to get general information and see what companies are out there. Everyone has a different reason for attending, but keeping your reason and goals in mind will help keep you from getting overwhelmed. Once you’ve accomplished your goal, consider the fair a success!
Career Events This Week
Mon., January 14 | 3 – 4 pm
Tue., January 15 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420
Employer Information Session: Tableau Software
Tue., January 15 | 1:30 – 4:00 pm – MGH 4th floor iLounge
iSchool drop-in Resume Reviews with Janet
Tue., January 15 | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Tue., January 15 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Wed., January 16 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Thu., January 17 | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Thu., January 17 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Fri., January 18 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Fri., January 18 | 2 – 3 pm
Tue., January 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Highlighted Professional Jobs
Dartmouth College Library
Digital Publishing Production Manager (job req # 1011489)
University of Iowa Libraries
University of North Alabama
Adecco Engineering and Technical
iMatch Technical Services
Highlighted Student Jobs
UW- Office of Minority Affairs/Diversity
NASA – Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
Washington State Library
UW – Information School
Washington State Parks Foundation