Spring Career Fair: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Each year, Career Services organizes two large career fairs—one in fall semester and one in spring semester. They’re excellent opportunities for you to network with company representatives about an internship, co-op, or full-time position in your field of study. Hundreds of companies attend, and over 1,000 company reps travel to campus to meet and hire you.
You’ve worked hard in your studies, and company recruiters are very interested in your high-level talent. We encourage you to participate. Check the list of registered companies often, as it grows daily prior to the big event, and follow the easy tips below to increase your success at Career Fair.
More details regarding career fair will be coming soon. Check back at a later date.
Preparing for Career Fair
Being prepared for Career Fairs, just like everything in life, greatly enhances your success.
The following tips and strategies can help, but there are also a number of other ways to best prepare for success at Career Fair:
- Visit the Career Services Learning Center
- Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment
- Attend Husky Talks
- Get resume advice from corporate reps at Resume Blitzes
- Schedule a Mock Interview—they’re available before each Career Fair
- Have Career Ambassadors present to your student organization or special group
Career Fair Prep Tips
- Develop and practice your Personal Introduction
- Create a strong resume – Check out mtu.edu/career to get started, and visit Career Services…
- Upload your resume to Handshake
- Download the Michigan Tech Career Fair + app or visit Career Fair + online to check registered companies often, as it grows daily prior to the big event. Identify 10-15 companies you may be interested in working for. Develop a plan of attack – find out what “gym” they’ll be in and where you want to start.
- Attend CareerFEST events to learn about many different industries and companies, get help preparing for the Career Fair, and meet and speak with company reps even before the Career Fair. Check Handshake Events for the full schedule.
- Get your printed professional name tag – they’re free and available at Career Services and during many CareerFESTevents
- Plan your wardrobe. Check the C2C Guidebook for what’s expected and impressive
- Buy an inexpensive “padfolio” to store and protect your resumes and provide paper for your company notes, your own class and work schedule, and to write down any interviews you might schedule at the Career Fair
Research your target companies
- Learn about their products & services, location(s) & size, current & future projects, etc. (move beyond their website to see what’s being written about them).
- Write down a few points and bring them with you – you can review while standing in line.
- Apply for their jobs through Handshake or on their company website before the Career Fair. You’ll always be asked to apply online, and you can tell them you already did – they’ll be impressed!
- Check Handshake Events for Information Sessions scheduled by your target companies or those you want to learn more about. Companies are coming to campus as early as the first week, so check early and often so you don’t miss a thing.
- Try to get to the fair as early as possible. It’s scheduled from noon – 5:00 pm
- Don’t be afraid to step right up to company representatives:
- Smile and extend your hand in greeting (practice your firm, 3 second hand shake).
- Say…“Thank you for coming to Michigan Tech.” Everyone appreciates being appreciated!
- Introduce yourself – Your practiced and confident Personal Introduction
- Then hand the recruiter your resume (recruiters want to hear your introduction first)
- Be sure to consider smaller and lesser known companies, even if they’re not on your target list. Visit companies with short or no lines, but take a minute to check them out on your Michigan Tech Career Fair + app before you step up to introduce yourself
- When your turn is over, ask for the recruiter’s business card or their name – for a possible follow-up
- When you walk away from a company booth:
- Write down the representative’s full name or better yet – ask for a business card.
- Write down 2 things you talked about.
- If you do get an interview…be sure to send thank you note within 24 hours after your interview.
- Even if you don’t get an interview…send a follow-up thank you note to the recruiter within 48 hours of the Career Fair to thank him/her for spending time speaking to you at the Career Fair. Reiterate your interest in their company, and tell them you’d like to stay in touch…and then do so. Tenacity is impressive and has definitely been rewarded.
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