If this semester is the first time that you attend the Career Fair, you may be wondering what you should do exactly when you get there. Do you just walk around? Take the free pens and brochures each table has? Maybe talk to the employers? And if you get an employer’s attention, what do you say?
I used to have the same questions on my mind when I would go to career fairs as an undergrad, and then it hit me. You want to go to a career fair to network and find out about work opportunities. In a party, that’s called mingling or not being a wallflower. So why not treat a Career Fair like a party?
When you first enter a party, what do you do? You might find your friends so you can talk to them. Or if you want to meet new people, you might introduce yourself and ask the other party-goers questions to get to know them and start a conversation. The same goes with meeting employers at The Career Fair. In a conversation with an employer, you can mention the following information:
- What your major is
- Why you are interested in the position an employer is offering
- What you can offer to this position
- A question you have about the company and/or position offered
This is where the research you do on the employers at The Career Fair comes in handy. You can look up the companies and organizations that will be at this event by clicking on the “Events” tab in PrideCMS.
For many, the Career Fair can be the first step in making the connection that can bring about the start of a career. Get ready and make it your party!
You can also follow us as we lead up to the Fair by liking The Career Center on Facebook, tweeting@HofstraCareer, and using our new hashtag #HireWithPride! Good luck, and we’ll see you at the Fair!
|Nayelli Perez, Assistant Director|