Career Fair Preparation - College of the Liberal Arts

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TOP TEN STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER DAY
WHAT TO EXPECT?
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The Bryce Jordan Center will be extremely busy, hundreds of
organizations will be recruiting for various positions, and thousand of
students will be in attendance
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Student Check In: you will receive a nametag with your name and major.
Bring your Student ID to expedite the process
•
Interviews and Info Sessions: some employers may ask you to interview
the next day, or attend an information session
• No Bag Policy!
• Bags of any kind including backpacks, purses and clutches will not be
allowed in the Bryce Jordan Center, you are encouraged to bring a portfolio
or folder to hold our resumes, etc.
THE BASICS
1. Know what you want out of the experience
2. Do your research
3. Prepare yourself
4. Dress Appropriately
5. Practice your Introduction
6. Follow Up
WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
• Make contact with potential employers
• Know how to present yourself, and the
skills that you offer
• Find an internship or job
• Learn about companies
RESEARCH EMPLOYERS ATTENDING
You can find a list of employers who are attending here-
https://psu-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php?cf=fall2014
o Know which days you plan on attending
o Research the businesses and organizations that you are
interested in. This shows that you have initiative and will prepare
you to speak with them.
o Have a strategy on who you want to talk to, so that you connect
with the companies most important to you
COME PREPARED
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Update and edit your resume
•
Bring copies of your resume
•
Update your LinkedIN
• Educate yourself on your work permission
• https://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/employment
DRESS APPROPRIATELY
PRACTICE YOUR INTRODUCTION
Speak confidently to businesses that interest you!
Begin with:
• Firm handshake and good eye contact
• Warm smile and confident introduction
• A sense of enthusiasm and confidence
Be ready to answer an opening question:
• “Tell me about yourself”
• “Tell me what you know/like about our company”
FOLLOW UP
• Collect business cards
• You can email a note to the recruiter to reiterate your
interest in the company, and give a brief explanation for
why you feel you are a good fit (do not send multiple
emails)
• You can also connect with that person via LinkedIN so
that you remain in their extended network for future
opportunities
HELPFUL RESOURCES
• Nittany Lion Career Network
• http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/students/NLCN.shtml
• Resources Tab in Network Symplicity
• https://la-psu-csm.symplicity.com
• Marketing your Liberal Arts Degree presentation
• Fall Career Days Website
• Careerfairs.psu.edu/fall
REMEMBER:
-FIRM HANDSHAKE
-GOOD EYE CONTACT
-WARM SMILE
-CONFIDENT INTRODUCTION
-SENSE OF ENTHUSIASM
-CONFIDENCE
BE ABLE TO ANSWER THESE
QUESTIONS:
1. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
2 . T E LL M E W HAT YO U K N OW
ABOUT OUR COMPANY
Career Enrichment Network
101 Sparks Building
laus.la.psu.edu/network
814.865.1070
For an appointment: Schedule via
Network Symplicity account,
call or stop by the office.
Jacqueline Smith, [email protected]
Global Experiences Coordinator

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