We bet your calendars are already marked, but in case you haven’t heard — this Friday is the #UHBauer Fall Business Career Fair. (See full event details here.)
Exclusively for Bauer College students, the event is an opportunity to connect with over 100 employers from leading companies across sectors, all looking for interns and individuals to fill part-time and full-time positions.
This week, we’ve gathered four tips from Rockwell Career Center career counselors to help you stand out in all the right ways at Career Fair.
Dress for Success.
Yes, it’s still pretty hot in Houston, but business attire is required for entrance into the Career Fair, so be sure you’ve got your outfit planned (along with a backup option or two) and that everything is cleaned, pressed and shined.
Look Great…On Paper.
Your résumé is your ultimate marketing tool. Although some employers may not take a copy of your résumé at the event (and will instead encourage you to apply online through their website), you’ll still want to have plenty of copies on hand to leave behind. Be sure you’ve proofread it thoroughly (and had at least one other person review it for you) and that it does a great job of selling you as a potential intern or employee. (Pro tip: find a ton of résumé tips on the Rockwell Career Center website here.)
Elevator Pitches Don’t Always Happen In Elevators.
Can you talk about yourself for 30 seconds? We’re talking your relevant coursework, volunteer and extracurricular experience, career aspirations…things like that, not just the fact that you’re awesome. Practice how you’d pitch yourself before going to the Career Fair. Don’t have an elevator speech? Make an appointment with your career counselor to start developing one.
This Will Be On the Quiz.
Approach preparing for Career Fair in the same way that you’d study for an exam. You can find a current list of companies scheduled to attend the event through your Bauer Career Gateway account — but knowing the employers is only part of the job search. Review the list and develop a strategy about the companies you want to approach. Know who they are, where they are, what they do, and why you want to work for them. You’ll stand out in a recruiter’s mind if you come prepared and knowledgeable.