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Career fairs are a perfect place for students to get a jump on professional networking, explore career options and make contacts that can lead to their first job. And there’s one coming soon to the hilltop. Remind your student to attend.

Career and Professional Development is hosting its Spring 2016 Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, Feb. 25, noon–3 p.m. in the RCC Gym. The event is held specifically for students and alumni as they begin to identify and apply for summer internships and full-time jobs.

Here are tips for making the most of our Job & Internship Fair. Be sure to share them with your student.

  1. A student attending the Job Fair at St. Edward'sDRESS THE PART. Make a strong and lasting impression by wearing business casual or business formal attire. If you have questions about professional attire, attend the Job Fair Prep Party on Feb. 17, and visit the “What to Wear Showcase.” You can pick up a few tips before the fair.
     
  2. ARRIVE ON TIME. The fair begins at noon; make sure you reserve enough time to pace yourself during the event. Plus, spending more time at the fair allows you to meet additional employers and expand your professional network.
     
  3. BRING COPIES OF YOUR RÉSUMÉ. Not every employer at the fair will ask for a résumé, but you should plan to bring several copies, professionally formatted and printed on résumé paper. If you need to create a résumé or have someone review your résumé before the fair, visit Career and Professional Development in Moody Hall, Room 134 to access our résumé resources.
     
  4. SCAN THE ROOM. Identify employers at the fair you’d like to talk to. While it’s a good practice to have a target list of employers, it’s equally beneficial to engage with a variety of employers and learn about their company cultures and employment opportunities.
     
  5. BE POSITIVE. Confidence and enthusiasm make a great first impression. When you meet an employer, make eye contact, smile and offer a firm handshake as you introduce yourself.
     
  6. A student shaking hands at the Job Fair PRACTICE YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH. Can you tell me about yourself? If you have trouble answering this question, you’ll want to practice your elevator pitch, a quick introduction you provide highlighting your personal and professional profile. Need help developing your elevator pitch? Get assistance at the Job Fair Prep Party on Feb. 17.
     
  7. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL RESOURCES. In addition to employers and recruiters, the Job & Internship Fair will feature several professional development resources. You should plan to have your professional headshot taken at the LinkedIn photo booth, provided by Career and Professional Development.
     
  8. FOLLOW UP. Once you meet with employers at the fair, plan to follow up via email or LinkedIn. Do you need a LinkedIn profile? Visit Career and Professional Development to learn how to create a profile and effectively build your network.

Career and Professional Development
Moody Hall, Room 134, 512-448-8530

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