Career Fair Success Tips

It’s that time of the semester where it’s time to start preparing for the Career Fair! With it being a little more than a week away, I thought I’d clue in on a couple helpful tips for preparation.  It’s extremely important to be presentable, articulate, and organized.  These 3 things can get you in the door, but you will need to brush up your skills to take it from there on out.

1.)    Firstly, you should do some research and see what companies will be there next Thursday.  Maybe narrow it down to a couple you are mainly interested in, and do some research on the company.  It’s important to analyze the job, and what they are seeking for in a candidate.  Below is a link to a listing of the companies.   It’s very impressive to a company that you can know and understand a little something about them, and even get engaged and ask THEM questions.

List of Employers:  http://ow.ly/plPKl

 2.)    Reviewing potential interview questions could help you in an actual interview whether you get similar questions or not.  Either way it polishes your speaking skills and gets you to think about how you will respond.  Maybe even have a friend or family member to fake interview you to get some practice.  The Career Center has an Interview Stream on their website that helps prepare you for interviews online.  It’s simple, fun, and low-pressure.   The link is listed below the Practice Interview questions.

 http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-questions/100-potential-interview-questions/article.aspx

[Practice Interview Questions]

 http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/career/students/InterviewStream-How-To.cfm

[Interview Stream Set-Up Instructions]

 3.)    First impressions are everything.  Looking polished and put together will definitely send out the right message to potential future employers.  With that being said, make sure your clothes are neutral, tasteful, appropriate and clean.  There’s nothing worse than looking inappropriate or sloppy just because you weren’t prepared, even if you have the right qualifications for the job.  Tidy and well-groomed are key!  If you are having financial issues, or are just tight on money remember to check out non-profit organizations such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  Sometimes you can find great things there for a reasonable price!

Also, don’t forget that COB is starting our Suit-Up contest next week!  To make sure you look sharp, you can check out the College Of Business Pinterest page.  We have great boards for business dress for both men and women.

womenspin

http://www.pinterest.com/ecucob/business-dress/

menpinterest

http://www.pinterest.com/ecucob/professional-dress-for-men/

women

Appropriate Business looks for Women

mens

Appropriate Business looks for Men [Ranging from least acceptable to most recommended)

4.)    Make sure you are completely aware of your body language, manners, and etiquette.  Make eye contact so it shows you have confidence (even if you have to fake it!), have a firm handshake, and pay attention to the questions the employer is asking you.  Going back to tip #1, it will help you respond and have questions back to your interviewer.

 5.)    Turn your phone off, or put it on silent, and make sure you bring extra copies of your resumes!

 6.)    Another interesting thing I’ve heard of some people doing is having a certain song(s) or artist they listen to first to help pump themselves up or even relax themselves if they’re having anxiety before an interview.  Personally for me, I like to get pumped up.  One of my favorite jams to listen to when I need a lot of energy is Who Gonna Stop Me by Kanye West and Jay-Z. Find what works for you, and go for it!

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Date: October 10th, 2013

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Minges Coliseum

 -Get free professional headshots

 -Learn about internships and full-time job opportunities

 GOODLUCK!

 Blog By: Haley Nowlin

 

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