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CEET Job Fair Steps for Success
Learn who's coming ahead of time
The Career Services Job Fair page and CEET's job fair page includes a link to a list of the employers who attend the job fair. Check the list often; changes are made daily right up to the day of the fair.
Search the career services database by specific majors, job titles, employers or employment location.
Prepare a list of employers who offer the employment opportunities which most closely match your interests and abilities. Consider the employer's products and/or services, location, job responsibilities and corporate culture.
Contact employers of interest prior to the job fair
- Send a cover letter and résumé (via e-mail or ground mail) to companies you plan to visit at the Job Fair.
- Explain your interest in the job they have to offer. Point out your educational and career background, qualifications and experiences that best relate to a specific employer's job requirements.
- Mention that you sent your resume in ahead of time. It will help them see that you are a serious candidate.
- Talk to a career counselor if you need advice on how to write a job search letter and résumé. Call 815-753-1641 to make an appointment or drop in on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon between 12 and 4 p.m.
Prepare a 45-second verbal summary of your qualifications
Describe in about 45 seconds your education, work experience, and career interests. Be as specific as possible: "I was program chairman for XYZ club," is better than "I have strong leadership skills." "I wrote a computer program that is currently being used by the company where I did my internship,
" says more than "I have taken several database management classes." "I worked about 15 hours per week while I carried a full load of classes" is more descriptive than "I have good time management skills."
Practice the summary so you feel comfortable and confident in your presentation, but avoid sounding as though you've memorized a script. Don't read from notes.
Match your summary to the specific job description.
Don't ask about salary and benefits unless the employer prompts the conversation. If so, offer realistic salary expectations. Explore Career Services or other salary survey sources).
Dress and act the part
- Make a good first impression: A conservative, well pressed, tailored business attire is your best choice.
- Maintain a two or three step distance behind the person who currently has the employer's attention, if you are waiting in line.
- Approach employers with confidence - always remember that they are hoping that you will be the star candidate they have been waiting for.
- Travel alone. Employers want to speak with you, not your friends.
- Remember to smile. Offer a firm handshake. Chewing gum is inappropriate; so is eating or drinking anything.
Take the right things with you
- Bring more resumes than you think you'll need.
- Carry a few copies of your transcripts (available in Registration and Records, Williston 2nd floor) and a list of references.
- Take your calendar or date book in order to schedule interviews.
Develop a plan of action for the day of the fair
- Plan to arrive as close to 10 a.m. as possible - some recruiters may leave before 3 p.m.
- Visit your "A List" first.
- Take notes, like who you spoke with, and use them when you write thank you notes.
Learn what's going to happen next
- Ask about the next step in the interview process and how you can advance your candidacy.
- Request a business card from all recruiters with whom you speak. Shake their hands and thank them for their time.
Follow up with your job leads
- Write a thank you message (paper or email) to each recruiter you talked to who had jobs in which you were interested. Do not use social thank-you note stationery if you mail a follow-up message. Use standard business correspondence paper.
- Include a copy of your résumé and any documentation requested at the Job Fair.