iSchool Career Newsletter, 6/22/15

Career Newsletter

If you are on the market for a full-time, part-time, or experiential learning opportunity then you will want to check out the Summer Career Fair coming up THIS Wednesday, June 24th. It will be held in the HUB south ballroom from 2:00-6:00 PM. Make the most of this event by doing some preparation in advance:

Research Employers. You don’t want to be the person that asks “So, what does your company do?” Take some time to review the companies that will be attending this event. Make a list of your top 5-10 employers and do some preliminary research so that you understand some basic information about the company including what they do and the types of positions they are hiring for.

Bring Resumes. Bring enough resumes to give out to each employer you visit as well as a few extra. Some companies will have just one representative while others may have 2-3 that want to simultaneously view your resume. Carry your resumes in a notebook, folder, or something else professional looking that will keep it from wrinkling.

Dress Professionally. Business professional or business casual are both acceptable. Think about what you would wear to an interview but also keep in mind what will be comfortable. It can get very packed and hot in the HUB, so you may want to think twice about wearing a jacket or sweater.

Engage in Conversation. This is the perfect time for your elevator pitch. Some things you may want to include in this introduction may be your name, major/program, year in school, and 2-3 strengths or interests. Continuing a conversation can be a work of art– have some questions prepared in advance. At the end of the conversation, ask if they have a business card. If you get one, make sure to send them a follow up thank you within the next day.

-Dean Kirkpatrick


For more jobs & internships please visit iCareers and Huskyjobs

Career: ECF Tip #11: The Follow-up


Now that you’ve made some great connections at the Employer Connections Fair, don’t forget to follow-up with them. If you had a promising conversation with a recruiter or are really interested in a specific job, send them a concise thank you note. The note should reference parts of your conversation, be free of errors, restate your qualifications for the positon, and your interest in an interview. Follow-up messages should be sent within 24 hours of the fair.

If the employer requested that you send supplemental materials, send those along with the note. Some employers may ask you to apply for a job online. If so, make sure you submit that application within 24 hours and follow up with the employer to let them know you have done so.