Resumes For Career Fairs

This article was written by Kathy Craney, Career & Leadership Development career counselor.

When sitting down to write your resume for an upcoming career fair, consider two things…

  1. What have you done? (Skills used)
  2. What were the results? (Benefits to your employer, organization, etc.)

During the construction of your resume for a career fair, also keep in mind the skills most employers are looking for:

  • Communication
  • Analytical
  • Computer/Technology
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Management/Leadership
  • Interpersonal
  • Multicultural Experience
  • Planning/Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Can you indicate how you’ve used these skills and what the benefits you achieved were?  Construct brief bulleted statements under each of your headings (ie. Work Experience, Organizations, Community Service/Volunteer Work, etc.) and you should be able to effectively demonstrate to any employer why you would be an asset to their organization.  Of course you want to also demonstrate your competence using skills specific to the industry you’re hoping to enter.

One last thing about Career Fair Resumes – Be aware that some companies cannot accept a hard copy of your resume and will ask you instead to apply online.  You should realize they are not brushing you off, but are complying with federal regulations on data applications and efficient management of their data.  Also, be aware they may be taking notes (mentally or written) on candidates they’re interested in.

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Friday Favorites – Top Information to Gather About Career Fair Employers

So, you’ve printed out a dozen copies of your resume, you just bought new shoes, and you’ve practiced your elevator speech in front of the mirror every day for the past week.

All set for the Hawk Career Fair on September 25? Not quite. First of all, break into those new shoes! (You don’t want to go to the Fair with new shoes. That will make for sore soles and blisters!) Second, read these five tips on how to research employers who will be at the Fair. While you may have some of the  ‘fun’ stuff done, such as picking out what you’re planning on wearing and updating your resume, doing research is just as important.

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First, find out which employers will be attending the Hawk Career Fair. You can find this out on Hawk Jobs. First, log in where it reads, ‘Student/Faculty Login.’ If you’ve never been on Hawk Jobs before, it will require you to fill out your profile. Second, click the tab at the top that reads, ‘Career Events & Workshops,’ and then click ‘Hawk Career Fair.’ There will be a blue button at the top that says, ‘View Employers Attending.’

Know The Basics

You never, ever want to go up to an employer and ask, ‘So, what does your company do?’ Don’t make this mistake! Instead, find about 5 or 10 companies that are attending that you are interested in and browse their website – but don’t limit yourself to just their website. Their Facebook page or Twitter can also have some great information that might not be found on their website. You’d be amazed at what you can learn from their tweets and Facebook posts! Bonus points if you ‘like’ and follow them on Twitter!

What is some basic information you should know about them? Where they are located, if there are any job or internship openings, if the company is big or small, what products the company has released, if the company has won any recent awards, when they were established, and their mission statement. A good idea is to jot some of the information down in your padfolio (we’re giving away a couple at our Resume Doctor events next week if you don’t have one yet!) or a notebook and review the information before you start to talk to them.

Are They Hiring?

One of the main reasons employers attend the Hawk Career Fair is because they are looking for jobs or internships to fill. They are looking for YOU! You can find if there are open positions on Hawk Jobs, on their website or on their Facebook page. If you are having trouble finding the information, sending the HR employer a quick e-mail or LinkedIn message asking about jobs or internships won’t hurt!

Research About Their Open Jobs/Internships

It looks like the company you’re interested in is hiring! That’s great! But… your major and minor don’t exactly qualify you for the job. That’s okay! This is why it is good to research jobs and internships before you step foot into the Williams Center Gym. If employers might not see that your major or minor line up with the position they’re trying to fill, a good idea is to write down all your strengths, extracurricular activities and leadership positions that are relevant to the position you’re interested in.

Use LinkedIn To Your Advantage

A good idea to have an edge over the competition is to search your top 10 employers on LinkedIn. More than likely a UW-Whitewater alumnus may be employed there, and chances are they’ll be more than happy to talk about their experience at said company. A good idea is to send them a message or e-mail asking what the company culture is like, what entry-level jobs or internships are like, and what they like about working for the company. You’ll get some insider tips that can put you ahead of the other students applying for the same job.

Prepare Questions To Ask

Every company at the Hawk Career Fair will be different – even those in the same industry. This is where you need to dig deep and frame your questions to fit each company. If you know that a company wants you to apply online for a job, ask the employer who reviews the application, and what happens after you click ‘send’? If you’re applying for a specific position, ask the employer what the biggest challenges are for that position. If you didn’t get a clear understanding from the company’s website, ask the employer what their company culture is like.

I hope these five tips will help you at the Hawk Career Fair and other fairs to come! As always, the career counselors are here in Career & Leadership Development to help you every step of your college career.

Photo by Mingo Hagen.

Six Major Tips for Researching Employers to Leave a Good Impression

Facebook…Twitter… You Tube… Wikipedia… We all visit these platforms weekly, if not daily. Some consider these platforms to be no more than the Mount Rushmore of procrastination, but in actuality they are massive hubs of information that we waste time on use to interact with others and gain knowledge. As a result, those who use these tools certainly have developed great research skills.

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The Hawk Career Fair is just barely two weeks from today. If you are interested in making a great first impression to secure an internship or employment, knowledge of employers is critical. Let’s put those exceptional research skills to practice! Here are six ways you can engage in employer research to get hired by employers!

1. Access the Employer Attendance List from Hawk Jobs

First things first – use Hawk Jobs to find out who will be in attendance. We have a great step-by-step explanation of navigating Hawk Jobs to obtain the list of employers.

2. Make a List of Employers You’re Interested In

Hawk Jobs does a great job of listing the fields of each employer and the positions for which they hire. Employers aren’t fond of the “What jobs do you guys have?” question, and they expect students to have an idea of the positions being offered. Identify employers of interest who you think you can speak with in the time you spend at the fair, so you know exactly who you’ll speak with during the fair.

3. Take a Look at Employers’ Website

When you approach employers, it’s hard to leave a good impression when you are spending precious minutes asking basic questions about the company. Take a few minutes to review the key information from employer websites including the mission/vision/values, the company services, and the careers sections. This will lead to more informed questions and a demonstrated knowledge of the employer.

4. Search for Employers on Social Media

See if the employer has an account on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms. These accounts can provide useful information about current events and specific department updates.

5. Research Employers in the News

Google has a fantastic option called “Google News”. Type in the name of an employer of interest and find out what others are saying about them. Recruiters will be impressed if you share a positive, current events story about the new designer working with the store or a current rise in profits.

6. Learn about Experiences from Employees

Some things, you will never know until you have heard it from an employee. Use Glassdoor to search through company feedback provided by current and former employees or connect with employees on LinkedIn for an informational interview. It is even better if can speak with a friend of family member connected to the company.

If you can use Wikipedia to get Breaking Bad season 5 refreshers, then you can definitely obtain the information needed to engage with employers. Once you have identified and researched employers, your anxiety is sure to decrease and you will surprise yourself and impress employers with your passion and knowledge for their company.

Feel free to check in with the Career and Leadership Development career counselors to continue employer research, building your resume and other preparation for the Hawk Career Fair!

Photo by UWW Career.

Our Ultimate Career Fair Checklist

September is a big month for UW-Whitewater students seeking internships and post-grad jobs. We should just call it “Career Fair Month,” since two of UW-Whitewater’s on-campus career fairs – Accounting Career Fair and Hawk Career Fair – take place in September.

Career Day

Preparation is crucial to have a successful career fair experience. Our ultimate career fair checklist will guide you through the next few weeks and help you make your time at the career fair productive.

  • Join our Facebook event page for the Hawk Career Fair. Registration is not required, but we will be sharing helpful career fair tips and event updates on the page. Keep yourself in the loop.
  • Understand and develop your goal for attending the career fair. Are you looking for an internship or job? Are you looking to explore different career options and companies? Are you hoping to network with employers you would like to work for in the future? Your goal will impact how you work the event.
  • Find out which employers are attending the fair. Visit the “Career Events & Workshops” tab in Hawk Jobs to view the list of employers coming to the Hawk Career Fair.
  • Create a prioritized list of employers you are interested in talking to. With 100+ employers at the Hawk Career Fair, there is no way you can meet with everyone.
  • Research the employers on your targeted list. Know their primary products/functions. Understand the industry. Be able to state why you want to work for them.
  • Develop specific, informed questions for your target employers. Base your questions on your research.
  • Prepare your 30-second introduction. Practice telling your career story in 30 seconds or less. Convey your knowledge of the company and express your interest in them. Identify what makes you a strong candidate.
  • Practice your handshake. A firm, confident, and appropriate handshake makes a great first impression.
  • Update or put together your resume. Work with one of our career counselors/advisors one-on-one or stop by one of our Resume Doctor events. Once your resume is employer-ready, make plenty of copies (enough for the employers on your target list plus at least 10 extra copies).
  • Put together your career fair “look.” Professional dress is recommended, but business casual is the minimum requirement. For ideas, check out our Pinterest boards on “What to Wear.” Purchase a professional portfolio/padfolio to keep your resumes and notes organized. And make sure you choose comfortable shoes!
  • Using the notepad in your portfolio/padfolio, write down notes and questions. Make a list of key points from your employer research along with the questions you intend to ask. And make sure you have a pen to jot down additional notes at the fair.
  • Plan to arrive at the career fair early. When you check in, you will receive a printed list of employers and their location in the gym. Take a moment to map out your game plan for visiting employers before stepping foot into the gym.
  • Silence your phone. IF you bring your cell phone with you to the fair, quadruple check that you have either silenced it or turned it off before entering the gym. You don’t want your phone to ring mid-conversation, and you don’t need to fuss with your phone at all during the event. Give the employers your full attention.
  • Work the fair alone. Employers really don’t like students who travel around the fair in a pack. You might come to the fair with friends, but network on your own.
  • Review your notes and questions before approaching an employer. You only have a short time with each employer, so be ready to go.
  • As part of your strategy, consider starting with employers who are lower on priority list. Use these conversations to warm up before approaching your top choice employers.
  • Approach each employer with confidence. Extend your hand to shake the recruiter’s hand, make eye contact, and introduce yourself.
  • Close conversations by discussing next steps. Ask about the hiring process and how to apply for opportunities*. If you aren’t looking for a job, ask about how you can learn more about the organization and/or set up an informational interview. Ask for a business card and the recruiter’s preferred method of follow-up. Don’t forget to thank them for their time.
  • Take breaks. Write down notes from your conversations, jot down follow-up actions, and collect your thoughts for your next conversation.
  • Write thank you notes to the employers you spoke with. Send your notes within 48 hours of the event. It is completely acceptable to email a thank you.
  • Complete any special follow-up actions. This includes applying online for positions you are interested in, signing up for interviews, or attending any employer-hosted events (ex. information sessions).
  • Reflect on your career fair experience. What went well? What could you improve upon for the next event?
  • Keep in touch. Career fairs are really just large-scale networking events. Reach out when you have a question or to follow up on a position you’ve applied for. Consider connecting with the recruiter on LinkedIn (but make sure to build a great student LinkedIn profile first). Create a professional contact spreadsheet or database, and add the contact information you gathered at the fair.

So there you have it! The ultimate career fair checklist. Even though it’s a little long, don’t be afraid. Start working your way through the list now, and you will be a career fair star by show time!

* Don’t be discouraged when employers direct you to apply online. Very rarely are you applying for a job AT the career fair. The career fair is where you meet recruiters face-to-face and make a good impression. Some employers take note of whether or not an applicant visited them at the fair.

Photo by Tulane Public Relations.

Friday Favorites – Multicultural Career Fair

The Multicultural Career Fair was held this past Wednesday in the Hamilton Room. There were about 60 employers there, including US Bank, Target, Cintas, Kohl’s and Six Flags Great America, looking to fill internship and job spots. Enjoy some pictures from the career fair!

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Heather, the other social media intern, and I had the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner this past Monday. We were nervous at first, never having been to an etiquette dinner before. It was also a networking event. Companies such as Cintas, Target, Sherwin-Williams and others were present. Heather and I sat with two very nice Target employers at the dinner and we actually saw one of the Target employers at the career fair!

Before the etiquette dinner portion of the event, the employers each gave a piece of advice about networking and attending a career fair. Hopefully this will give you some great insight from the employers and that you might be able to use these tips at the next career fair you attend!

  • Come prepared and do your research about which companies you want to invest your time in.
  • First impressions are very important. Know your elevator speech.
  • Be polite, friendly, appreciative, and don’t forget to smile! Watch your body language.
  • Don’t be shy. Know what the companies are looking for. Confidence is key.
  • All of the companies are looking for leaders, whether it is for an internship position or job position. Keep that in mind.
  • How will you set yourself apart from everyone else? Remember that while you are talking to employers at the career fair.
  • ‘You’ll likely never get what you deserve. You’ll get what you negotiate.’ Thanks Michael LaBroscian for this tip!

Are you an employer and have some career fair tips for students? Email me at MediaCLD@uww.edu, tweet me or post to our Facebook page!

Photos by UWW Career.

Sweat the Small Stuff: Considerations for your Career Fair Checklist

Resumes. Check.
Ironed professional attire. Check
Talking points and elevator pitch. Check
A 13-gallon bag for free pens and highlighters… Check.

With the Hawk Career Fair less than three days away, the above questions may be similar to your pre-career fair checklist. It is a great practice to plan prior to the career fair through researching employers, revising your resume, and developing your elevator pitch. However, make sure you have considered the common concerns, such as updated copies of a resume, as well as those seemingly small concerns.

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “A small leak can sink a great ship”. Here are a few seemingly small concerns that contribute to career fair success:

Avoid the SWAG

  • On first glance, this phrase goes against everything that popular culture tells us. At career fairs, employers’ tables are filled with SWAG (Stuff We All Get) and it is tempting to re-stock on pens and to pick up a few snack size candy bars. The career fair is the time to showcase your skills and network with employers. So, be sensible with SWAG: ask for a pen or two, accept SWAG when offered, but keep your eyes on the prize.

Take Notes

  • One student can easily connect with 5-10 employers within an hour. Each conversation may bring a different outcome including an offer to follow-up by e-mail or information about an unlisted job. After an hour of career fair stimulation one can easily forget this information. Be sure to carry a small note pad or use a padfolio to keep notes of conversations you have with employers.

Leave your Wingman at the Door

  • While you may travel to the career fair with a friend, avoid connecting with employers in groups. This can cause a myriad of challenges and detract from your own attempt at expressing your skills and interest in an employer.

Collect Cards

  • Employers attend the career fair to learn more about students and find potential interns and employees, so naturally they are interested in networking and receiving resumes following conversations. Similarly, make sure you get the contact information of the recruiters you speak with by asking for a card after each conversation.

No Need for Aromas

  • In many ways, career fairs should be treated like interviews. In interviews, you do not want your perfume to bring your interviewer to tears or cause a coughing attack. In the same way, be considerate to other career fair goers and recruiters. Avoid colognes, perfumes, and smoking prior to the career fair.

These are just a few considerations to place on your checklist. If you have not already prepared for the Hawk Career Fair, schedule an appointment with Career and Leadership Development. Also, as you are entering the Hawk Career Fair on Wednesday, feel free to stop by Career and Leadership Development’s table at the entrance for a last check. Doing the small things right can lead to grand opportunities!

See you at the Hawk Career Fair!

Photo by UWW Career.

Preparing in Advance for the Hawk Career Fair – Even If You’re Not “Perfect”

During a recent appointment, I met with a student who wanted assistance with her resume. In our conversation, her effective communication skills and interpersonal presence were apparent, and I suggested that she consider attending the Hawk Career Fair on September 26.

She was not aware of the Fair, and was almost apologetic with her concerns that she was: a) not a business major; b) not very involved on campus; and, c) that her 2.9 GPA might not be good enough to merit serious consideration from employers. She wondered if it would still be worthwhile to attend the Fair, given her “imperfections”.

We began to talk about her accomplishments outside of her academic identity. Some of her “imperfections” were due to the fact that she worked about 30 hours per week while being a full-time student. We discussed how her work ethic itself was distinguishing and appealing, and that she could focus on that, along with her effective interpersonal skills and presence, and lead with those attributes to promote herself at the Hawk Career Fair.

Moral to the story:  You don’t have to be “perfect” to attend the Hawk Career Fair. Just lead with your strengths, and let the conversation unfold from there.

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To prepare in advance of the Fair, research the employers and the jobs and internships of their recruitment interest. How do you find that information? Here are the steps:

  • Log into Hawk Jobs with your Net ID on the Student Login page.
  • After logging in on Hawk Jobs, click on the Career Fairs & Workshops tab.
  • Click directly on Hawk Career Fair.
  • Select ‘View Employers’. At this point, scroll through the names of employers, or use filters, and then click on the name of a particular employer to reveal the Positions Available, Majors, Degrees Sought and Job Categories. The name of the recruiter(s) may also be revealed. If you want to gain a competitive advantage, you can really distinguish yourself if you contact recruiters and introduce yourself appropriately and effectively to them prior to the Fair.
  • If an employer has attached a job or internship announcement to their profile, read the details of the announcement, and think of how you can connect your background to the characteristics sought by the employer.

How ever you have grown and developed as a person, you can draw from all of your experiences to promote yourself to employers. Just think about the knowledge and skills that you possess – whether related to your academic identity or not – and articulate them in an appealing way.

If you need help with this process, you’re welcome to schedule an appointment with someone in Career & Leadership Development, where we can help you identify skills and attributes that you already possess.

Photo by UWW Career.

The Benefits of Attending the Hawk Career Fair

A new school year has just begun and while you are starting to get acclimated to your class schedule and back into the school routine, it is also time to start thinking about your career or internship search. Now is the time to mark your calendar for an event on the very near horizon that is of great importance to all students looking for full-time jobs or internships. 

The 2012 Hawk Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 from 12:00 – 4:00pm in the Williams Center – Gym 1. The event will feature over 100 employers looking to talk to students from all academic disciplines.

So I am sure a few of you are asking yourself…why should I attend the career fair? With this question in mind, I present three key reasons why you – yes, you – should attend the Hawk Career Fair:

  1. Learn about specific industries, organizations, and careers – With over 100 employers registered for the event, there is a wide variety of full-time job opportunities and internships to explore. Visit the Career Fairs tab in Hawk Jobs to view the current list of employers and the job opportunities they are looking to hire for. 
  2. Networking – The career fair gives you the opportunity to meet with employer representatives face-to-face. You can talk about your resume and sell your skills and experiences to employers while getting your questions answered. Where else will you have an opportunity to meet with over 100 employers in one room, at one time?          
  3. Find a job! – Granted, you will not actually get hired at the career fair itself, but this is one of the first steps in the interviewing and hiring process for most employers. Employers will be attending the Hawk Career Fair looking to talk to you! They are eager to discuss their career opportunities and are seeking new talent to hire into their organizations – and they are looking to hire now. That’s right – employers will be looking for candidates for full-time jobs and for internships for the summer of 2013 at the Hawk Career Fair. 

The time to begin your search for full-time jobs and internships is now. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the over 100 employers that are coming to campus to meet and hire UW-Whitewater students! Between now and September 26, take the time to review the list of participating employers and the jobs they have to offer and polish your resume and personal branding statements.

If you need assistance, schedule a meeting with a member of the Career & Leadership Development team. For a quick resume review, you can also stop by the “Resume Doctor” events at Andersen Library on September 18, 19, and 20 from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

See you at the 2012 Hawk Career Fair!

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A student talking to a First Business Bank representative at last year’s Hawk Career Fair.

Teacher Career Fairs: Should You Bring Your Fishing Pole?

Sound ridiculous? Hope so. Yet, that’s what happened at a teacher job fair several years ago when a teacher candidate, with an apparent affinity for fishing, brought his fishing pole into the job fair, fully extended, with an index card on the hook stating, “Fishing for a Job.”

Fishing on Kalunkijärvi, Käylä near Ruka

Memorable? Yes.

Recommended? Probably not.

If you are an Education major who is graduating this semester and seeking a teaching job, attend a teacher job fair to diversify your job search strategies and to sharpen your interpersonal and interview skills. A job fair is a great opportunity for visibility, especially if you make a good impression in person, and even more so if your in-person impression is better than your on-paper impression.

In keeping with the blog post from two weeks ago, you may have to extend your geographic boundaries to consider employment in a location that may not be your first choice in order to help you secure your first professional job. Think of relocation as a great opportunity for your personal and professional growth.

In chronological order, here are several upcoming teacher job fairs in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin:

Multicultural Career Fair
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Noon to 4:00pm
UW-Whitewater (University Center, Hamilton Room)
Cost = Free
While this fair consists mainly of companies and corporations, several school districts have registered to attend, including the School District of Holmen, Milwaukee Public Schools and Verona Area School District. The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has also registered to attend.

Mid-America Educator’s Job Fair
Monday, February 27, 2012
10:00am to 3:00pm
Northern Illinois University (Convocation Center) – DeKalb, IL
Cost = $10 for non-NIU candidates
NIU students/grads are eligible to attend at 9:00 am, whereas all other students/grads are eligible to attend beginning at 10:00 am. Schools/districts from Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Texas and Honduras have registered to attend this fair. Review each district’s profile to determine their anticipated vacancies.

Lake County Education Job Fair
Saturday, March 10, 2012
8:00am to Noon
Adlai Stevenson High School – Lincolnshire, IL
Cost = Free in Advance Online; $5 at the Door
At the time of this post, 16 school districts from the Chicagoland area had registered to attend this fair.

University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Teacher Job Fair
Saturday, March 24, 2012
8:00am to 5:00pm
University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, IA
Cost = Free
School districts from Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming have registered to attend this event.

Southeastern Wisconsin Teacher Recruitment Fair
Saturday, April 21, 2012
8:00am to 1:00pm
South Milwaukee High School – South Milwaukee, WI
Cost = $15 in Advance Online
Typically, about 12-15 school districts from the Milwaukee area attend this event. Districts are yet to be announced. Preregistered candidates can enter the job fair at 8:00 am, whereas onsite registrants cannot enter until 10:00 am.

Wisconsin Educational Recruitment Fair
Monday, April 23, 2012
2:00pm to 7:00pm
Monona Terrace – Madison, WI
Cost = $5 for students/grad from sponsoring Wisconsin colleges/universities
The name of this event is a misnomer in that the fair is not limited to Wisconsin school districts. At the time of this post, districts from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin had registered to attend. In the past, districts from Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia and Nevada have also attended. Click on ‘Candidates,’ ‘District Recruiters’ and then on the District name to reveal the district’s areas of recruitment interest. Registration, via WECAN, begins in March.

Take time to review the information for each fair carefully, because each event has nuances. Also, go back to the fair websites periodically, and especially as the event draws near, for any changes to the list of participating districts and their recruitment intent. Finally, arrive early, bring your professional image, pleasant demeanor and enthusiasm, teaching experience and knowledge, and plenty of resumes – and leave your fishing pole at home.

Photo by Heather Sunderland

Why Do You Want to Work for Our Company?

How many of you think about this question BEFORE you step up to an organization’s booth at a career fair?

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What attracts you to that booth? If you’ve done your research ahead of time, this question can be answered fairly simply. They have the prestigious name you’d like to work for. The work seems interesting and satisfying. There are benefits with the job. They have job or internship openings.

You are just looking for a place to land… Sorry, this last one is wrong! It implies you didn’t do your job ahead of time to research the companies that were coming to the fair. Let’s take a little look at how you can prepare ahead of time for the career fair.

  • Know what you’re looking for – Do you want an Internship? A job? What type of company would you like to work for? What do you want to do? What skills do you want to learn/use?  Think ideal internship/job. You can always adjust your criteria as you start your research.
  • Know who’s coming to the fair – Most career fairs will provide a list of the companies and organizations that are planning to attend. Research the companies/organizations to find which ones match (or come closest) your ideal list. Then, figure out if you meet their ideal list (they have expectations, too).
  • Put together your resume – This is a general resume that covers your skills, abilities, accomplishments, etc. It will appeal to a wider range of employers than the resume you will send when applying to a specific company for a specific job. Career & Leadership Development can help you. Schedule an appointment (phone: 262-472-1471; in person – UC 146) or email it for a review. Be sure to have another set of eyes look at your resume.
  • Print your resume on resume paper – Don’t print multiple page resumes back-to-back or staple pages together. In general, a one-page resume, well-written, should be sufficient for a career fair. Make enough copies for the employers you plan on seeing, plus a couple of extra “just in case” resumes.
  • Dress properly – Business dress is always appropriate, but at least come in business casual. You’re trying to make a good impression.
  • Practice your elevator speech – Tell me about yourself in 30 to 60 seconds.

Best of luck to you at this year’s Multicultural Career Fair!

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Photo by Colin Kinner.