Hunting for a summer internship? Tired of job search for a full-time opportunity? Attend NDSU’s career fair!
In the forthcoming weeks, a two-day career fair will be held in Fargodome for an array of disciplines including engineering and design, agriculture, business management, liberal arts, science and technology.
Career fairs provide great opportunity for students to meet various employers at the same time. Indeed, it is a unique event that allows the job seekers to develop networks with employers and discuss job openings, usually within a day.
Hundreds of companies from different sectors come to examine candidates, who could be potential employees in the future. Basically, they try to screen out those who might stand well in this competitive job environment.
So, in order to have a prosperous career ahead, plan for a successful career fair.
Research your career fields
The initial step is searching job titles and the careful consideration of the job descriptions. Make a desired plan for your own requirements, areas of interest, salary ranges and benefits.
Research companies attending career expo
Check for the list of companies attending the expo on the Career Center website. View each employer’s website. Make a list of companies with the important information you discover about them. This helps when you converse with the employers as it reflects your knowledge of the position and the company.
Update important documents
Prepare portfolio and update your resume. Draft cover letters and any other thank-you letters in advance. Keep several copies of these documents according to the position and the company.
Wear appropriate clothes
Keep a check on your professional clothes and dressing style before going to career fair. This is one of the important criteria that employers observe, and it creates a first impression. It is always better to be overdressed than undressed.
Be prepared for an interview
Always prepare yourself for a basic set of questions an employer might ask. It is always good to create one-minute speech to deliver to an employer when you greet them at the career fair, and do not be afraid to ask them questions.
Follow-up your applications
After meeting with the employers, always follow-up to check your application status. Follow up through emails or call the hiring managers or recruiters to show your interest in the job position.
These set of guidelines help students to get ready for the career fairs.
Corey McKinzie, a senior majoring in civil engineering, is all set to attend the career fair. He intends to find an internship for summer and believes that this would be the right time to explore and develop networking connections with the employers for current and future job openings.
So, gear up now because a small investment of time and effort in preparing for a career fair might turn into an opportunity you wouldn’t have otherwise or which you always have strived for.
Day 1 – Agriculture, Business & Liberal Arts
1 – 4 p.m. Tues., Feb. 25 FARGODOME
Day 2 – Engineering, Design, Science & Technology
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 26 FARGODOME