Preparing for CareerFest
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  • How to prepare for CareerFest

    Prepare the perfect resume. Career Development will help make sure that your resume reflects your most current accomplishments, skills, and experiences. If you haven’t already sent it to careerdevelopment@capital.edu or stopped in for a review, please do it soon. You will need to print about 5 more than the maximum number of employers you plan on talking to, just to make sure you don’t run out. Use good quality resume paper in white or ivory and make sure you end up with a clear, crisp copy. You can use the printer in Career Development and we have resume paper available at 10 cents per sheet.

    Practice answering specific interview questions and prepare questions you would like to ask the employer. (See website below for examples.) If you want to practice with someone in Career Development, please call 236-6606 or stop by to make an appointment.

    Plan on dressing in professional business attire.  It’s important for you to look professional. A conservative suit, well pressed shirt or blouse, and a tie for guys is essential. Don’t forget to shine your shoes! An extreme makeover isn’t necessary, but if you need a haircut to look more polished, now is the time to get it. (More information about how to dress for success on the CollegeGrad website.)

    Review the list of employers that will be attending, (students who register will be sent a link to the Employer Guide before the event) then thoroughly research those employers of interest to you. Make notes about what you’d like to ask the recruiter for each company that interests you.

    Prepare a strategy for how you will "work" the fair. Think about how much time you have to spend, and prioritize the employers with whom you'd like to speak so that if you don’t get to all of them, you will at least get to the most important. Be sure to offer your resume to each employer as you introduce yourself, and be prepared to answer questions about it. Get their business cards. As you walk away from the table, make notes on the back of the card to remind yourself of what was said. (Nothing is worse than getting home and not remembering who said what!)

    After the fair - Within one week after a Career Fair, make follow-up contact with the recruiters you spoke to, unless you have discussed an alternative arrangement. A simple thank you email to remind them of something you talked about, and to let them know you are still interested will earn you big points, and hopefully an on-site interview.

    One of the most comprehensive websites (CollegeGrad.com) includes some interesting strategies to use at a career fair.
    Find time before the event – 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour – whenever you can - to go to this fabulous Web site and read all the articles and follow the links to sub-articles and make notes or print out those pages that are of particular interest to you.

    Not all of the strategies will work in every Career Fair setting – like “How to Bypass Long Interview Lines” by inviting the recruiter to lunch. Your goal is to stand out from the crowd and make the recruiter remember you.

    If you are more of a visual learner, here is a video that will help you prepare.