Before the Career and Internship Fair:
- Prepare your one-page résumé. If you need assistance, you can drop by the Career Guidance Officer anytime between 8:00 and 4:30 pm every day. Prepare 20 to 30 professional copies of your résumé.
- Get a list of the participating companies and research the ones that interest you the most. The list is available at the Career Guidance Office.
- Some company representatives may conduct informal interviews. Prepare a quick introduction of yourself (your name, major, special skills, professional experience). Don’t memorize the introduction; relate it in a natural way.
- Prepare questions to ask the company representatives.
During the Career and Internship Fair:
- Arrive early and visit your top-priority companies first.
- Business attire is the best way to dress to make a strong first impression. Avoid excessive jewelry and perfume.
- Greet employers and introduce yourself with a firm handshake and good eye contact.
- Hand the representative a résumé and be prepared to start answering questions.
- Follow up by showing interest in the company and asking pertinent questions. Make sure you ask about the company, the majors that interest them the most, whether they have current job openings, and if they offer a training for new recruits.
- Remember that honesty is the best policy.
- Don’t bring food and drinks to the recruiting tables. Instead bring your pertinent questions. Your questions will depend on your goals (career exploration vs. job search). Sample questions may include:
- What qualities and background are you looking for in employees?
- I am currently a sophomore, so I have I some time to plan ahead, what courses would you recommend someone take before being hired as a ________ (depends on your major)?
- What is the application process for your organization?
- Do you have a business card I can have for future reference and contact?
- Before leaving, ask for a business card so you can send a follow up thank-you letter. It’s also a very good way to develop your contacts.
- The Career and Internship Fair is always a good way to network. Networking is an efficient way to build your professional contacts. Networking with people from particular industries can be very beneficial in exploring your career options.
After the Career and Internship Fair:
- Keep an accurate record of the contacts you made during the Career and Internship Fair
- You will make a strong impression if you follow up with the employer by sending a thank-you letter within two to five days after the Career and Internship Fair
- Be prepared for a formal interview, as most employers attend the Career and Internship Fair to select potential employees
Make sure the following items are found in your resume:
- Name and family name
- Address (Building, Street, City, Country)
- Phone number
- Email: make sure it is in a professional format such as firstname.lastname@example.org
- University, degree (Bachelor of Science or Arts), major, minor, date of graduation
- Mention the semesters where you were listed on honor or distinction lists or your GPA if it is higher than 3.00
- For all work experience, include your position, company name, month and date you were hired and the month and date you left the job
- Mention any internship/training you completed
- Include your any relevant experience, volunteer work, social affiliations, etc…
- Include your computer skills
- Include your date of birth, nationality and interests
- Make sure you spell check the whole document
- Font size is between 10 and 12 (Times News Roman or Arial)