Posted by Christine Cruzvergara
MYTH 5: “I might receive a job offer during the Career Fair.”
The Reality: Unlikely! Employers are not coming to the Career Fair to hire someone on the spot. They’re coming to meet strong potential candidates, learn more about your experiences and skills, and to talk about their company’s hiring process. As you may have read in the other career fair myths blog posts this week, they’re coming to network and share information. Remember that some employers can’t even collect résumés at the fair because of federal regulations, so use this time at the fair to make a quick positive first impression, get feedback on your résumé, and learn valuable information that will help you be a stronger candidate on your application. Then remember to follow up with the employers and recruiters you meet with so that they remember you and start forging a relationship. Past students and alumni have written back to tell us about their success at the career fair because of the productive conversations they were able to have at the fair and the more in-depth conversations they had later as a result of meeting and following up with employers.
MYTH 6: “The employers will meet so many candidates that they will never remember me.”
The Reality: Employers and recruiters remember a lot more than you give them credit for and if you work hard to make a good impression, they will remember you, but it takes some work on your part. The key is to prepare properly and tailor your elevator speech and conversation for each individual employer. Know what makes them unique, what their mission is and how they like to do business. By shaping your introduction and elevator speech, you’ll show an employer you’re professional, prepared, and a potential asset to their company. Another critical piece to helping a recruiter remember you is to follow up. Employers often say that of the 100 students they meet, only 5 will actually follow up after the fair. Guess which students are getting remembered and possibly getting jobs or internships? It’s a no-brainer. So send thank you notes and follow-up e-mails to the employers you meet. Remember to ask for business cards or contact information so that you can get in touch. After you walk away from the table, you may want to jot down a few notes on the back of the card to help you remember the conversation when you write your follow up e-mail. I know it’s helpful to me if I write down what the employer was wearing or what they looked like and what we talked about. That way I can help jog the memory of the employer I spoke with by mentioning our conversation. If you’re having a hard time with this, feel free to come into the Career Education Center for a 15-minute, same-day walk-in appointment and we can help you shape your message.