5 ways to prepare for a job fair

Career fairs are a great tool for students looking for jobs or internships.

Learn about different career paths and ask your career questions directly to employers. Develop and implement your professional image and build confidence in approaching employers.

5 tips to make the most of a career fair:

Review the list of participating employers in advance and identify which employers/organizations are most important or interesting for you to meet (available in Handshake prior to the event).
Bring 5-10 copies of your resume.
Practice your “elevator pitch” or how you will approach employers. For example: “I’m a psychology major and I’ll be graduating in June. Can you tell me more about your organization? What kinds of positions do you have? I’m interested in positions related to…”
Prepare some questions to ask the recruiters and feel free to take notes when they give you information. Questions may include: What types of entry-level positions do you have? Do you have any internship opportunities? How do I apply? May I have your business card so I can follow up?
Take notes and bring them to your next advising appointment.

Remember: Employers are attending because they are looking to hire. Take this opportunity to network with employers and make a great first impression. You can do this!

Apply only if you have experience

Coming down to the end of the term, a hopeful graduate starting a new chapter in life, I’ve begun the long-awaited job search. I’ve been warned by just about everyone that the job search isn’t easy and it would be awhile before I found anything to apply for. Even so, I go to Google and look up job openings in my area of study just to see what’s out there. Well, to my surprise, finding job openings hasn’t been the problem. Instead it’s been the years of experience required that has prevented me from applying to several job postings. I’m coming out straight from college with little to no experience, so how am I supposed to get a job?

I’m looking at broadcasting jobs and I’ve come to learn that you need to apply in rural places, like Coos Bay or some obscure town in Idaho. Although moving to an even smaller city doesn’t sound ideal, that’s where the opportunities are at. Once you get some experience there, you can apply to other jobs in big cities like Portland or Seattle that require background knowledge. So far, I haven’t made up my mind on what to do but am strongly considering moving to a small town in the Northwest if that’s where I can get a job.