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Tips and Strategies

Before the Expo:

  • Obtain the list of participating organizations and target companies of interests to research
    • Go to the organizations’ websites to learn about a company’s history, annual reports, culture, and business model
    • Use LinkedIn as a tool to find company information. Search by keyword or browse industry information. You'll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, life at the company, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics
    • Learn facts about the organization, their general opportunities, and think about why you would be interested in working there
    • Prepare a list of quality questions to ask the employers
  • Prepare your resume and have it reviewed by Career Development
  • Attend Focused Friday Career Prep Workshops to learn strategies for success at the Career Expo
Date Time Location Topic/Description
September 7, 2018 9:30 - 10:20 AM HH 322 Documents: Introduction to resumes, cover letters and reference sheet.
12:00 - 12:50 PM     HH 370 Dress/Etiquette: Proper business etiquette/dress can help people land jobs, get promotions and establish excellent relationships with others.
September 14, 2018   9:30 - 10:20 AM HH 322 Networking: Learn how to effectively communicate with colleagues and prospective employers.
12:00 - 12:50 PM HH 370 Interviewing: Learn the ins and outs of navigating the job interview process and successfully articulating your value to employers.
  • Attend one of the two Career Expo Prep Talk with a Career Coach sessions to learn strategies and tips for navigating the Career Expo
Date Time Location Topic/Description
September 18,  2018 12-1 PM HH 130  
September 19, 2018   5:30-6:30 HH 130  
  • Prepare your 30 second Elevator Pitch
    • This is an introduction including your name, major/year level, skills/experience, and career interests
    • Your pitch and subsequent conversation with employers should allow you to demonstrate to employers your skills, interests, experiences and strengths
    • Practice your pitch out loud with a friend or family member to gain feedback and build confidence
  • Plan your attire
    • Wear business professional attire
  • Build your LinkedIn Profile
    • You will want to connect with the organizations and representative you meet and your profile should be up to date before you connect

During the Expo:

  • Have an action plan! Know what companies you want to visit based on your research
  • Smile and be polite. Enthusiasm and attitude are important
  • Offer a firm handshake and maintain eye-contact in conversations  
  • A career expo is not an interview, but rather an opportunity for you to make contacts
  • Indicate the knowledge you gained about the organization through your research
  • Get business cards of the representatives that you speak with. If they don’t have a card, jot down their name and other information after you move on at the end of the conversation
  • Make notes as you leave on the information you gained, and note any follow-up action that was discussed

After the Expo:

  • Send follow-up thank you notes/emails to the organizations you are most interested in. Mailing a thank you letter can help you stand out from other students
  • Connect on LinkedIn and include a personalized message
  • Review your notes and complete any follow-up action that was discussed