Know What Your Schedule Looks Like
Employers attend the iSchool Career Fair because they want to recruit students to their jobs, internships, DFWs, and volunteer positions. Some recruiters may ask you to sign up for an interview on the spot. Make sure you know what your schedule is like the next few days. If you commit to an interview, write it down! You don’t want to forget about it or accidentally double-book an interview for the same time. Continue reading
After you’ve done your research on the employers, create a list of questions to ask. Some general ones you might consider are:
- What particular skills/qualifications does (organization’s name) look for in prospective employees/interns?
- Are there certain courses or experiences you suggest to be a successful candidate?
- What is your organizations interview and hiring process?
- What has your experience at (organization’s name) been like?
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Understand What You’re Being Evaluated On
After a fair, some companies have their recruiters complete a simple evaluation sheet on the candidates they meet. These sheets can include most of the following:
Personal Appearance: dress like you are a serious candidate and they’ll treat you like you are a serious candidate.
Professionalism: come prepared, be able to communicate your skills clearly and concisely, and be knowledgeable about the employer and what they do. Continue reading
Be a Professional
In addition to your attire, don’t forget a strong handshake and good eye contact. Carry a simple padfolio with copies of your resume and a pad of paper for taking notes. Offer them your resume. Be considerate of the employers’ time (most conversations are between 3-7 minutes) and mind your manners and mannerisms. This is your opportunity to be evaluated on more than your resume. Make sure you leave a positive impression.
What if I’m NOT Looking for a Job/Internship/DFW?
You should still attend the fair! Go to learn more about what jobs are available and what employers are looking for in candidates. Use it as a networking opportunity for when you are actually looking for a job. You still need to do your research and be prepared. The difference is that your job is to gather career information, not get a job. Continue reading
Have a Career Fair Strategy
Use your time at the fair wisely. Go in with a plan. What do you want to accomplish at the fair? Which employers do you want to speak with? Identify your top 5-7 employers. If you have a few hours to spare, go to the lowest priority employers first so that you can “warm-up” and test-out your elevator pitch with them. If you have limited time, go to the high priority employers since lines tend to get long at career fairs.
Get Your Resume in Shape
Make sure you’ve updated it with recent internships, class projects, volunteer experiences, and leadership roles. Need help getting that done? Pop by for iSchool Career Drop-in hours, make an appointment with an iSchool Career Advisor, or come to ICF Resume Review day on January 24th, 12:00-1:30 in OUGL 220. The UW Career Center has a number of resume workshops as well https://careers.uw.edu/events/student/?ctag%5B%5D=workshops. Need a resume template? There’s a few on the iSchool website at https://ischool.uw.edu/current/career-services/resume.