As many communications students know, career fairs can be stressful because they happen so late in the spring semester. For most other colleges, recruiting takes place in the fall. VALLEY came up with a few tips to make the most out of your visit to the COMM Career Fair on Friday, March 16.
Dress to Impress
This career fair requires those attending to dress professionally. Dressy shoes, a nice pair of pants or a skirt and a blouse or sweater will do the trick!
This career fair allows you to pre-register and fill out an application before the event so that you don’t have to wait in the long line at the door. To do this, you just have to complete the registration form and bring it with you on Friday.
This is extremely important in a couple of different ways. One essential way to prepare is to print out résumés to give to the companies you are interested in. The second way is to take look through the recruiting companies so that you can narrow down the ones you are most interested in. Once you’ve done this, you can research the companies a bit and feel much more prepared when speaking to their recruiters.
Give Yourself Time
If you are planning on attending the fair between classes, make sure you are giving yourself an adequate amount of time to speak to all the companies you are interested in. If you think that you won’t have enough time between two classes, you can always come back at another time to finish talking to recruiters!
This may seem to be the most daunting part of the career fair, but it doesn’t have to be! When introducing yourself to a recruiter, shake their hand and tell them your name. It’s not much more than that! After the initial introduction, be prepared to tell the recruiter about your career interests and extracurricular activities that would be beneficial to your potential career.
Although career fairs can seem stressful, they’re pretty easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. Take a few deep breaths, be friendly and smile! First impressions can be just as important as your résumé to many recruiters!