The following suggestions will help to make the annual California State University, Stanislaus Career Fair work for you. Career Fairs provide an excellent opportunity to expand your job search and begin to develop a network of professional contacts. Participation in Career Fairs is most beneficial when you are well prepared to market yourself and interact effectively with recruiters.
Reviewing your skills, interests, values, experiences, and accomplishments will give you a better understanding of how to articulate what you have to offer to a prospective employer. It will also help you determine which employers and career opportunities you wish to spend time pursuing at the Career Fair.
Learn about the world of work and the career you are interested in prior to attending the fair. Research, informational interviews, and networking will familiarize you with career fields. The Career Services Center has a variety of books, directories, and employer literature to assist you with this step.
Start writing your resume as soon as possible so that by the Career Fair date you have a final draft prepared that will showcase your qualifications. Your resume is your personal marketing tool and should include your education, relevant experience, volunteer and internship experience, honors, activities, special skills and accomplishments.
Researching an Organization
With 75 employers attending the Career Fair, it will be impossible for you to meet representatives from each organization. Review the list of companies attending, and select those you are most interested in seeing. Most recruiters will expect you to be familiar with their organization, so make certain to research each company of interest, including their products, services, clients, locations, competitors and organizational mission.
Career Services will have a complete list of participating employers (including their locations, positions they plan to recruit for, and links to their respective home pages) beginning the first week of March.
It is imperative that you look professional at the Career Fair. First impressions are lasting, so be sure to dress as you would for a formal interview. Women should consider a professional-looking skirt or pants suit. Men should wear a suit with a tie or a jacket, tie, dress slacks combination. Conservative colors, accessories, and appearance are advisable.
On the day of the fair, greet each recruiter with a firm handshake, eye contact, and smile. Address the recruiter as Mr., Ms., or Dr.; refer to their name tags. Introduce yourself, offering your name, major, and date of graduation. Present your resume and tell the recruiter your purpose for wanting to meet with him/her today. This is your opportunity to not only sell yourself and your knowledge of the company, but also to allow the recruiter to talk about their employment needs. Don't forget to ask for the recruiter's business card and pick up any available literature. Thank the recruiter for his/her time, and offer another firm handshake as you depart.