How should I prepare?
- Review the list of companies that have registered to attend. Use the provided information to visit their company website, and determine who you will want to visit with the day of the fair.
- Update your resume and prepare a list of professional references.
- Create an account in Handshake, the online campus career center website in which you can review open positions for companies. Also, hundreds of opportunities are listed in Handshake by employers that are not attending the fair.
- Create an Elevator Speech.
- Prepare appropriate Career Fair clothing.
Who can help me with my resume?
Attend one of the many Resume Writing workshops hosted by the Ness School of Management and Economics throughout the semester. For the schedule of workshops call 605-688-4844 or email Kayte Haggerty.
The Office of Career Development offers assistance to current students with developing and updating their resume. They offer many additional tools and resources for job search strategies and connecting with employers. Contact the Office of Career Development at 605-688-4425 for more information.
What is an elevator speech?
Imagine you enter the elevator with the CEO of your dream company and only had the elevator ride’s amount of time, what would you say to him/her? It is a 20 to 40 second introduction of yourself, your education, your goals and why you should be hired.
What should I wear?
Professional dress is required. For a room full of potential employers, you want to dress to impress. Regardless of the industry, job title or status of the position you are looking for, you want to make a positive first impression with the company representative. Do this by carefully selecting clothes that help you look polished, professional and feeling confident.
What do I need to bring?
- Several copies of your updated and polished resume, as well as your list of references, to give to interested employers.
- A portfolio or folder to collect and keep organized the information that employers will give you about their company and the exciting opportunities they offer.
Who should I talk with at the career fair?
What is your major? What type of position are you looking for – internship, summer or full-time career opportunities? What kind of work appeals to you? Only you can answer these questions. After you do, it will be easier to narrow down which companies have the type of opportunities in which you are interested. Read about what companies will be in attendance by clicking on the current career fair attendees link. Do some research, and make a point to find those employers that interest you the most.
Keep an open mind. While you may have specific employers on your list to visit, take advantage of the opportunity to talk with others if you have extra time or have to wait to speak with an employer. You might discover an excellent opportunity that you may have otherwise missed.
How do I introduce myself?
Prepare a 20 to 40 second “elevator speech” or introduction to use and practice it. An example: “Hello. I am (your name), a junior Ag Business major. I am looking for an internship opportunity relating to sales in the agriculture industry for the upcoming summer. I read on your website that (company name) has an internship program, and I would really like to learn more about opportunities within it.”
Approach employers with enthusiasm! Extend a firm handshake, make eye contact and express your genuine interest in working for their company.
Should I do anything after the career fair?
Within two weeks of the fair, make a follow-up contact with employers in whom you are most interested via email or letter. Employers may leave the fair with more than 100 resumes. This is an excellent opportunity to stand out.