It’s one of our favorite times of year at the Career Services Center. Not only because we get to break out our scarves, boots, and sweater vests, but because Fall means we get to serve students by connecting them with tons of employers for future internships and careers through our Fall Career Fair.
If you’re not sure whether or not you should start looking for an internship or full-time job, here is Savannah, one of our PCAs and a senior at UNCG, sharing some of the benefits that came from her internship experience.
If you do plan on coming and hope to snag a great experience similar to Savannah’s, here are some helpful ways to prepare well for this event:
Know the event logistics.
Where: Cone Ballroom, EUC.
When: THIS WEDNESDAY, September 23rd. Drop in between 10am and 2pm.
Who: Check out our Fall Career Fair board on Pinterest to find out which employers will be coming. You may also download our UNCG Career Fair Plus app to help you navigate your way around the room with ease and find the employers you are seeking.
Professional wear is strictly enforced. Everyone must come dressed as if you were going to an interview. For examples of what this looks like visit our Career Fair and Interview Attire board on Pinterest.
We are also aware that resources can be tight as a student. Check out our recent blog post about buying a suit on a budget, or contact our office and we would be happy to help you navigate this process of finding professional wear in a way that fits your needs.
Have your marketing materials ready.
While you’re in our office discussing professional wear, go ahead and get that resume fine-tuned! If there’s an employer you’re excited about meeting, make a great first impression by already having that resume polished for their viewing.
Practice your professional communication skills.
You’re likely going to be meeting several employers – employers who have hundreds of other students to talk to. How are you going to get their attention quick and stand out in the crowd?
Confident non-verbals. Make eye contact with whoever you are speaking to and position your body to face theirs. Shake their hand. Listen intently by gently nodding when they speak. Feel free to smile to show friendliness and avoid looking bored. These subtleties go a long way and can leave someone feeling good about the time they spent with you.
The elevator pitch. What’s an elevator pitch? A short spiel telling who you are and about your interest in the company or position. It usually only lasts 30 seconds to 1 minute – the amount of time it takes to ride on an elevator. Practicing this can help you feel more relaxed and at ease, but be aware of what impression you’re giving off. Sounding too rehearsed or stiff rather than relaxed and natural may give off a negative impression.
Targeted questions. Follow up your elevator pitch with questions specific to the company or position. This demonstrates interest and may be a chance for you to show you did your research!
Don’t linger. After you’ve made a solid first impression and feel confident about your conversation, it’s time to end it. Lingering around too long without any other questions or jumping into other people’s conversations may show desperation. Finish your conversation with a simple closing, thank them for their time, shake their hand, and keep going.
Ask for contact information. If you’d like to continue the conversation, ask for their contact information and send a follow-up email. This respects both their time and the time of the other students waiting to make their first impression during the career fair.
We hope you feel well prepared, but if you have any questions, we’re always happy to help!
See you on Wednesday!