Five Tips to Win Over Employers at the Career Fair
Tanner Walters | Student Reporter
Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time position, the Career Fair on Wednesday, February 17, is the time-tested way to meet recruiters and potential employers. But for students who shudder at the word “networking,” it can be intimidating. Kathryn Jackson, director of Loyola’s Career Development Center, has some tips for students to make the most out of the fair.
“The Spring Career Fair is a great opportunity for students because it is an effective and very efficient way to speak to multiple recruiters in one place, at one time,” Jackson says. “The added bonus is that the recruiters that are attending a fair at Loyola are attending it because they specifically want to recruit Loyola Chicago students.”
Below are 5 tips that will give you the upper hand when you attend.
- Do your homework. Research which companies are attending and what positions they hope to fill. Prepare some questions. Loyola makes this simpler with the free LUC Career Fair Plus app, which includes information on who will attend the fair and even where each booth is located.
- Dress the part. “Wear a suit, or a nice pair of pants with a sweater or dress shirt,” Jackson says. Don’t fret if you don’t own a suit, but dress professionally.
- Stock up on resumes. A sure-fire way to get your resume in someone’s hands? Put it there yourself. Bring around 10 well-edited resumes to hand to recruiters. Bonus points for carrying them in a snazzy folder.
- Practice, practice, practice. “Practice how you introduce yourself,” Jackson says. You’ll be the one approaching each booth, so it helps to have a game plan of what you might say. Let each recruiter know who you are, what you’ve done, and why you’d be an asset. Wear a name tag that includes your year and major. Warm up those handshaking muscles, too.
- Relax. Remember: recruiters need employees, and you need an employer. You might not walk away with a job, but you will have made connections that could help you later down the road.