Whether you are planning on attending the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair on February 22nd, 2017, are attending another fair, or you just want tips, here are some great questions that we are frequently asked about job fairs!
Please remember that registration for the MNPC Fair is due TOMORROW February 15th in MHC 124. Please complete an orientation session and bring $20 in cash, check or Tommie eXpress funds to the Career Development Center (MHC 123). If you haven’t yet done an orientation, directions for the blackboard orientation can be found here.
Q: How long should I plan on being at the fair?
A: This is very dependent on you, and the answer is different for everyone. You need to do your research (check the list of employers beforehand) and create a game plan for the fair. If you have 5 employers you want to visit, you won’t need to stay as long as if you have 10 or 25. Plan on 10 minutes of time for every employer, knowing some may take a little less time and some may take more.
Q: How many resumes should I bring (and should they be on nice paper)?
A: Again, this depends on your research. Plan on bringing 5 extra resumes (at least), and know how many employers you want to visit. If you have a list of 10 employers, bring 15 resumes. And yes, print them on nice paper. It makes you look extra professional as a candidate. You can pick up resume paper at the bookstore or at any office supply store, and Target and Wal-Mart also carry it. (P.S. Be sure to come into the Career Development Center for a resume review before the fair!)
Q: Where should I print my resume?
A: You can use your own printer, but we also have a printer available in MHC 124 where you can use your own paper! This year, we are also pleased that the Library will have a few computers available in the Rotunda area (by the coffee shop!) especially for students to print their resumes! Library staff will also be on hand to help you out!
Q: Should I do a follow up email with the employers I visit after the fair?
A: Absolutely! If you are interested in working for their company, send them an email, ask to connect with them on LinkedIn (and be sure to tell them where you met!), or even send a handwritten note (this is an especially good idea after an interview!) And make sure you’re following up if the employer outright told you to do so. If they give you a business card and say to email them, do it!
Q: What should I say in an Elevator Pitch?
A: An elevator pitch is an introduction for yourself, but it’s also a means of communicating why you made it a point to talk to that employer. Telling the employer your name, your school and major is important, but also give them some information about your interests, passion, and other experiences, and tell them what interests YOU about their company or position. Again, this takes research ahead of time – make sure you’re well informed so that you can really impress those recruiters!