Applying for your first job or first internship online is a great way to search for your dream gig, but The Brand Girls wants to share a little secret to increase your odds of being hired.
You’ve spent so much time on your personal brand and confidence - now go show off your hard work! Applying for jobs, or just meeting company recruiters, in-person at your campus career fair can help set you apart.
Here are The Brand Girls' 4 tips on making your school’s career fair a productive event!
Look good, feel good:There will be recruiters and managers from different companies, so you want to make your best first impression. Dress as if you are going to an interview!
Do your prep work: If your college provides a list of the companies attending the career fair, go through a few days before and highlight ones you’d be interested in working for.
Don’t forget to check out their websites for potential job openings and more information about the company! Recruiters will be impressed that you know what their company does and if there is a specific role you think you’d be a good fit for.
You’ll also want to print copies of your resume and cover letter to pass out!
Practice your elevator pitch: As much as you’re looking for a job or internship, recruiters are looking to make the best hires for their companies. A lot of times that means meeting with as many students as possible at career fairs.
Practice your elevator pitch the night before - you want to present yourself as polished, to the point and professional!
Follow up: Be sure to collect business cards from everyone that you meet with + don’t forget to follow up with your new connections! Email them a digital copy of your resume, connect on LinkedIn and apply for positions online if necessary. Bonus points for bringing your own contact cards.
You’ve got this - now go rock your campus career fair!