Bring copies of resumes to the career fair with you, and make sure you've taken some time to review them. Stop by all-day express advising at NCA from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Tuesday Jan. 10, or use VMock to get immediate feedback. NCA staff members will also be available in the library from 2 - 4 p.m. on the day of the career fair.
- Undergraduate resumes should be one page
- Categories to include: Education, Work Experience, Leadership, Skills
- Format of bullet points: Action verb + Task = Result
- Quantify your experiences whenever possible (e.g. Raised $5,000)
For more info on Vmock check out this NBR article: NCA Partners with Vmock to Give Students Resume Feedback 24/7
At the Career Fair
On the second floor of Norris there is a check-in area where an NCA staff member will swipe your Wildcard and give you a map of the space as well as booklet with all the employers.
Don't worry if you're coming from class and need somewhere to store your coat or backpack. There is a room to put your belongings and collect your thoughts.
Find the companies or organizations you are interested in on the map and make a plan. Get some practice with other recruiters before you visit the employer or organization you are most excited about.
Talking to Employers
Prepare a brief elevator pitch outlining your skills, studies, and interests. You don't need to memorize a paragraph, but you do need to feel comfortable talking about yourself. For more tips check out this quick tip guide from Idealist.
Have a set of questions about job opportunities or company culture for each employer in order to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the company. Never ask, "so what do you guys do?"
Try to get each recruiter's business card and follow up with them after the fair thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest in any available positions.
Take time in between each employer to reflect on your conversation, think about areas for improvement, and prepare for your next conversation.