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Preparation for Career Fair

Zhen Zhou on Tuesday, 27 September 2016. Posted in Co-op

Career Fair is coming Wednesday! Are you ready to get a job?

RIT's Career Fair usually has around 250 companies here to recruit for both co-op and full-time positions. The type of companies that participate range from small tech firms to Fortune 500 companies. This is a great opportunity for students to get a job by directly talking with people from the companies. This event also gives RIT students a much higher chance of getting hired! Of course, you need to be fully prepared for career fair in order to be successful.

One thing I really love about RIT (and get alot of help from RIT) is preparing for job searching. RIT's Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education offers many helpful workshops and presentations during each semester year, especially before each career fair. Many academic clubs also host organized, major-related workshops. The following lists several steps I usually do to prepare for the career fair:

  • Resume reviews: Have as many people as possible read your resume because different people can give you different opinions and adivice. The Career Office also offers walk-in resume reviews, which can help improve your resume by providing professional suggestions. A good resume will definitely give companies a good first impression.
  • Go to a mock interview: By talking with people you will know where you can improve. The Career Office can help us to prepare for interviews and also 60-seconds commercials. What is your special point or what makes you standout is always the good question to ask yourself. 
  • Go to visiting company workshops: Companies want students to know more about them and will often give presentations. This is also a good opportunity for us to get connected with people from the companies without a long time in career fair. Ask good questions and show interest to these companies.
  • Go to presentations related to job searching: There are many good presentations held by the Career Office, such as “how to create LinkedIn profile”, “How to find hidden jobs”, and “ Tips for successful interview.”
  • Go to an affinity reception: This year, the club (SWE) I am involved in is invited to an affinity reception - which is a reverse career. Introduce the club you are involved in and have a chance to introduce yourself to the recruiters.
  • Pre-register for career fair: Get your name tag.
  • Search companies who come to career fair: Get to know the companies you are interested in and show the companies that you are prepared. Take notes and review your notes when you are in the line waiting to talk with recruiters.
  • Apply online ahead for the companies you are interested in career fair: This will let be one step ahead for connecting with these companies.
  • Dress professionally

Last, but not least, is important to PRACTICE!!! Practicing how to talk to recruiters will let you perform more naturally in the real situation. Check the event calendar listed on Career Office website to know what’s going on next. https://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student-home

Good luck and I wish you to find a great job!