Below are some of the essential take-aways for those of you who missed the excellent presentation on “How to Work a Career Fair” by Cathleen Dunn, a UCSB alum and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Talent Acquisition Manager, on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Career Services.
Own the Process!
Research beforehand, make personal contacts, and follow up on the contacts you make. About 60% to 75% of jobs come about by making a personal contact.
Review the list of employers, tailor your résumé to 5 to 6 specific companies, identify the skills you have and match them with the talent a company needs.
Dress to Impress
Conservative dress is best. If it looks like you could have fun in your outfit, you need to change.
Practice Your Approach
Prepare your 30-second commercial with your name, major, qualifications, career goals, that relate to the needs of the specific companies.
Be energetic, make eye contact, and have a firm handshake.
Turn off your phone, bring a pen, use a checklist of employers to visit, and print more résumé copies than you think you will need (because you will need them).
Study-abroad experience means you have the ability to adapt. Waiting tables or working at Starbucks means you have customer service and sales experience.
Things to Remember
Do not be shy, follow up, initiate and maintain contact with employers you meet, send a thank-you email to the employers you are interested in.
Go to the next “How to Work a Career Fair” workshop to get the full scoop. You will not regret it.