Career Fairs attract large numbers of employers onto AUT campus to meet students. The employers come looking for new staff who not only have great skills, but will fit well into their organisations. Are you ready for the onslaught? Here are some tips on how to prepare.
BEFORE THE DAY ...
- Attend a workshop about preparing for career fairs or a Match Ready event - these are run by the Employability and Careers team
- Research all the employers attending that interest you. How? Visit company websites, find them on LinkedIn, Google and Employability Online.
- Make sure your CV is up to date and highlights your skills, knowledge and experience. (Attend a CV workshop to check if your CV is good enough)
- Draw up a list of questions to ask employers and prepare a one-minute introduction (your ‘elevator pitch’) showing a clear career focus: “Hi my name is … I will be graduating from AUT with a degree in … I’m interested in…“.
- Practice answers to questions an employer might ask, eg what have you learnt from your course? Why are you interested in working for our organisation?
ON THE DAY ...
- Dress professionally (you know… get rid of the gum, make sure your hair is clean, your clothes are pressed and tidy). It’s a good idea to decide what to wear the night before so you’re not running around looking for your last clean shirt that morning.
- Arrive early with a list of the organisations you are most keen on approaching. .
- Don’t break into conversations, but also don’t hang back doing nothing and just hoping someone will notice you. Ask questions at presentations.
- Be courteous and polite. Spend 5 to 10 minutes with an employer, then move on unless they ask you to stay longer.
- Always offer your CV. (not scruffy though. Have in a clear file)
- Ask how their recruitment process works. When does the internship, graduate programme or job close? What happens once your application is in?
- Collect business cards or write down contacts. Ask the best way to follow-up. If you leave your CV with them, would they like you to make a follow up call? Recruiters can vary. Some want emails, some a phone call, and some want you to wait for them to call you.
- Listen carefully to what employers say to you and make notes after each conversation so you don’t inadvertently muddle up information about different organisations.Over the following week or two, make sure you have free time for phone or face-to-face interviews.
AND DON'T FORGET - FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT