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Career/Job Fairs

There are numerous career and job fairs throughout the year in the region or on campus-Career Connections in March.  If you are seeking an internship or full-time position you will want to network with as many employers as possible.

Effective Recruiting Methods

 Employers were asked to identify their most effective recruiting methods and these are the top picks. The percentages reflect the number of employers who selected each item:

1.  JOB FAIRS  79.3%

2.  EMPLOYEE REFERRALS  46.7%

3.  JOB POSTING ON COMPANY WEBSITE  42.2%

4.  JOB POSTING ON CAMPUS WEBSITE (LIKE BSUCAREERS)  41.3%

5.  HIRE FROM INTERN PROGRAM  40.2%

6.  JOB POSTING ON INTERNET JOB BOARD  32.6%

7.  ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING (MOCK INTERVIEWS)  32.6

(Reference:  MN College Job Outlook 2011)

Career and Job Fair Tips

If you are off to a Career Fair, or know someone who is, here are some quick tips:

1) Shake hands coming and going:

Reach out and give a firm handshake when you approach a recruiter.  Say, "Hello, (First name, last name.)"  Shake the recruiter's hand again when you leave.

2.) Ask questions to initiate a conversation, instead of giving a 30-second elevator speech:

"I am interested in learning more about the opportunities for Liberal Arts majors at your company."

"What skills are you looking for in your Chemical Engineering interns?" (If you have skills that match, mention them.)

"How long have you been with the company?"

"What do you like best about working for this company?"

Or any questions that came up in your research of the companies. (You did research some of the companies, didn't you?)

3.) Close with an expression of enthusiasm: 

"Thank you for your time.  I am very interested in joining your company."

"I appreciate your time.  If it is alright with you, I will follow up by phone next week."

4) Follow up:

Get a business card or name from recruiter.  Send an email and a typed-written thank you note with another copy of your resume.

5) Dress appropriately:
Don't wear jeans and a sweatshirt to the Career Fair.  Dress like you would for an interview.

6) Leave your support staff at home: 

Don't bring a date, a friend or your mother to the Career Fair.  A recruiter might hire your mother instead of you.

 

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