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....