The spring fair is on February 6 from 4-8pm in the Kohl Center. Career and Internship Fairs are an incredible opportunity to find the job or internship you have been looking for with convenience. However, they can also be intimidating when you walk through the doors and see all the people and the hustle and bustle of students talking to employers. Taking time before the fair to prepare yourself and setting aside a few minutes after the fair can make you stand out among the crowd of people.
Before Attending the Fair
Make sure that you are prepared. Look at the list of employers that will be attending the fair and make a list of the ones that you would like to talk to. Employers can tell when a student hasn’t done their research on the company or organization. Don’t be that person. Reduce stress and create a game plan for the day. Make sure you know what you are going to wear, what time you will get to the fair, and how you will navigate the fair. Download THE FAIRS APP for ease of research: go.wisc.edu/7992j2.
Create an Elevator Speech
An elevator speech is a very short presentation (around 30 seconds) used to introduce yourself. An elevator speech sets the tone of the rest of the conversation with the employer, so it is important that it hits the points you want while still being genuine. The key to a good elevator speech is practice!
Dress for Success
Think of the Career and Internship Fair as your first job interview – you want to make a great first impression. Make sure to wear simple and modest clothing with neutral colors. Don’t be afraid to show your personality, though!
While Attending the Fair
Collect Business Cards
After meeting many employers, you often forget who you spoke with. Grabbing a business card allows you to send a follow up email or thank you note. Another great trick with the business card is writing a little about that person on the back of their business card after speaking with them. This allows you to make your follow up email more personal.
Body Language is Key
Your body language says a lot about you. Make eye contact and greet recruiters with a firm handshake when first meeting them and before leaving (this is very important), make sure to stay engaged (don’t let your mind wander), and smile. Be confident and relaxed!
After Attending the Fair
Send a Thank You
Stand out in the recruiter’s mind! By taking a few minutes after the fair to send each employer a thank you/follow up note, it helps you stand out. This is also a great place to reiterate what job you desire and why you want to work for that particular company. A simple thank you can go a long way!