How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) At A Career Fair

How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) At A Career Fair

By Mike Hertel The Spring recruitment season for both jobs and summer internships begins in earnest this coming Friday, January 25, with the Tri-College and STEM Recruitment Day here at Haverford College. Now, attending a job fair might not be your idea of a great time, but a little preparation can go a long way in making this a less stressful experience. Job fairs are a great way to meet employers, learn more about organizations, and identify jobs or internships for which you might want to apply. The Tri-College and STEM event is no exception! With over 50 companies and organizations registered, there are opportunities for students from practically every major.     So what do you need to do to prepare? Well, the first thing is to do your research. Know what organizations are coming, and identify the ones that you want to speak with most. The list of employers is available through Handshake on the Center for Career and Professional Advising website. Visit the employer’s website to learn more about their organization and the opportunities that they have available.  Prioritize the organizations and develop a plan to target them during the event.   Once you’ve identified the organizations you want to talk to, you will want to make sure you prepare your materials. Make sure your resume is top-notch and ready to go. Print several copies and have a padfolio or binder available in which to keep them. This will allow you to navigate the job fair and hand out resumes where you can. Check your wardrobe and make decisions on your professional attire for the next...
Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Welcome back to campus everybody! It is so wonderful to see you all coming in for appointments, walk-ins, and our events. We hope to see more of you soon, and we are wishing you the best in your Spring semester. Remember we are here for you, so stop in during walk-ins Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or schedule a longer appointment online. Additionally, we will be having Pop-Up Advising sessions in the Dining Center Sunken Lounge from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, and 2/22. Stop by with questions about resumes, cover letters, our events, or if you need a LinkedIn photo! Regarding our upcoming events, we have two HUGE career fairs coming up: the Philadelphia Career Connection event (1/27) and our STEM Recruiting Day (2/3). You do not want to miss these awesome opportunities to connect with employers. Even if you do not have a pre-selected interview scheduled, there will be an open career fair at the beginning of the day from 10-12 that will give you the opportunity to speak with employers and possibly pick up a last minute interview slot. Check out our awesome Fords on Friday schedule for Spring 2017. Our first alumni speaker with be Bruce H. Andrews ’90, the Deputy  Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He will be ON-CAMPUS Wednesday, January 25th at 3:00 p.m. in the MCC (Stokes 300) to talk about his career and his industry. If you are interested in Pre-Law, we have a whole week of events scheduled just for you! Careers in Law week will begin on Monday February 6th...
Career Fairs are NOT Scary – Don’t miss the upcoming Tri-College Career Fairs

Career Fairs are NOT Scary – Don’t miss the upcoming Tri-College Career Fairs

It’s high season for the internship and summer job search, and the Philadelphia Career Connection on Friday, 1/27/17, the STEM Recruiting Day on Friday, 2/3/17, and the Not-For-Profit Career Day on 2/24/17 will be great ways to learn about and perhaps have preliminary interviews for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with over 50 organizations. While career fairs are a fantastic way to connect with job and internship opportunities, I’ve talked with many students who really stress out about career fairs.  When I talk to students who are hesitant to attend career fairs because they worry they’ll get nervous and won’t know what to say or do, I always remind them that recruiters register for career fairs because they are eager to talk to and potentially hire talented students like YOU. Here are a few career fair prep tips to help ease some of that pre-fair anxiety: Before the Career Fair Reflect on your career interests, skills, and personal goals for the fair. Are you looking for an internship or a full-time job?  What type of what of work do you want to do (i.e. writing, teaching, analyzing, project management, event planning, counseling, researching…)? What industries are you most interested in? Where do you want to live? That said, while it’s important to have goals in mind, it’s also important to keep an open mind so you don’t miss out on an opportunity simply because you overlooked the fact that it could be a worthwhile way for you to gain experience. Prepare your resume. Check out the CCPA’s resume guide. Develop your “30-second commercial”. If that sounds silly to you, just think of it as your basic introduction....