1. Dress the Part
Business professional people! Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Depending on the industry, dress to standards. Do some research about your industry online, ask the career center, or even a professor for advice. Everyone, wear a fresh face and a smile!
2. Prepare an Elevator Pitch
Preparing a 30 second speech about who you are will be great material to get any conversation started, or just to keep one going. Great tidbits of information to include are your class, major/concentration/minor, future career interests, past experiences and maybe even hometown.
3. Perfect your Resume
Do you know how long most recruiters take to review an individual resume? On average, they take six seconds. Six seconds to make a lasting impression is difficult! Be sure to polish off your resume by coming into the Career and Professional Development office and speaking with one of our ProReps, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor at www.Gonzaga.JoinHandshake.com.
4. Research Organizations
Handshake lists of all the organizations who will be present at the career fair. Peruse it and compile a short list of organizations you are interested in and research them. It will show during your conversations with recruiters if you’ve looked into their current endeavors or organization values.
5. Know your values
Going along with #4, know what qualities and values you look for within an organization– and then ask about them! Yes, the career fair is about showing organizations why they want you, but it is also about organizations showing you why you want them! Let the organizations connect with you above and beyond your impressive resume.
6. Update your LinkedIn
Make sure your profile is up to date when researching organizations. You want to ensure your perfected resume and experiences are displayed appropriately on the professional social media platform. After the career fair, connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn is a great way to solidify a relationship and to give a face to the resume you just handed them. Therefore, updating your LinkedIn ahead of time will allow you to simply go in and start connecting right after the career fair while recruiters and conversations are fresh in your mind. If you have not created a LinkedIn, now is your chance—come into Crosby and speak with one of the ProReps any weekday between 1pm and 4pm!
7. Print Business Cards
In addition to resumes, business cards are an amazing way to have organizations contact you after a career fair. Get 100 for $5 through the Career and Professional Development office at www.commerce.cashnet.com/GUCPD. Cards take one week to process, so order today!
8. Prepare Questions
Have some questions in your back pocket to keep conversations flowing nicely. Some great ones include, “What does the day to day of [said position]?”, or “What is your favorite and least favorite part of working for [said organization]?”
9. Stay Organized
When speaking with recruiters, they will hand you flyers and business cards. You also may want to take notes. Make sure you won’t be fumbling with all these materials and bring a portfolio! Typically, portfolios have a notebook area for you to take notes and a folder insert for your resume and any handouts from recruiters. Portfolios look official, sleek, and are super handy! Grab one from the Zag Shop in a pinch.
10. Be Confident!
All in all, you are a Zag. Zags are intelligent, professional, and completely employable. The organizations at the career fair know the value of our education and you as an individual. So, walk in with your head high and show the recruiters what Zags are made of! You got this