By: Rachel Larson
Last Friday, I attended the job and internship fair at the convention center and these are five important things I learned from it.
- DO NOT STRESS ABOUT YOUR OUTFIT. Before the internship fair, I was concerned most about what to wear. Should I be wearing a pantsuit? A dress? A blazer? What kind of shoes? But it turns out, your outfit isn’t that important. As long as you look business causal (i.e. nice pants/skirt and a nice shirt) you will be fine. Employers are more concerned about what you are saying to them, than what you are wearing (but just make sure you look nice).
- GET YOUR RESUME CRITIQUED. It is very important to have your resume looked over, not just by one person, but my multiple people. This document is an important piece that will distinguish you from other people. It’s important to make sure that it is laid out correctly and that you have everything you need on it. Also make sure there are no spelling errors. I recommend bringing about fifteen copies of your resume because most of the places tell you to apply online anyway.
- DO YOUR RESEARCH. It is very important to do you research before attending the fair. Make sure that you go onto GoldPass to look at the employers that will be at the fair, and take some time to look on their website to find out more about the company and what type of internship position they are offering. Knowing this information will give you an advantage over the other students and make you stand out to the employer. It will also make it easier for you to know how many resumes to print off and know exactly what companies you want to talk to (i.e. have a game plan.)
- BE CONFIDENT. When going to the fair, it is important that you have an idea in mind of what you want to say to the employer. Some employers will come up to you and not let you get a word in. However, there are some that are quiet and want you to tell them all about you. That is why it is important to have your “elevator speech” all ready in order to make sure there are no awkward silences and that you make a good impression on them. It’s important to be able to use your communication skills to effectively talk to the employer; in essence it’s basically selling yourself to them so be confident and proud to talk about what things you can bring to this internship/job.
- HAVE FUN. Most importantly, make sure you have fun. I promise you the internship/job fair is not as stressful as it may seem. A lot of the employers are very friendly and very talkative. Many of the employers are close to our age, which makes it easy to talk to them, and it’s a great way to get connections. Meeting new people is a great way to get your name out there and gives you practice for talking to employers in the future.
Following these tips will help you have a successful internship/job fair. I promise you it isn’t as stressful as it may seem and I recommend that everyone should go to it at least once in his or her academic career.