How to Work the CO-OP + CAREER Fair

How to WORK the CO-OP + CAREER Fair – An approach for everyone, whether you are low-key or EXTRA!

Low Key Approach

EXTRA Approach
RESEARCH

•  Find the list of employers attending on the WITworks mobile app “Symplicity Jobs and Careers” and research the ones of interest.

•  See if they have positions posted so you can research more about the companies ahead of the fair.

•  Create a spreadsheet, categorizing employers into A, B, and C lists.

•  Write down a few questions you might ask them at the fair. Refer to these questions before each conversation.

RESUME

•  Write, review, and edit your resume.

•  Come to Drop-Ins to make sure it is ready for the Career Fair.

•  Print out 10-20 copies and tuck them in a folder to hand out to employers.

•  Make an appointment with your CO-OP + CAREER Advisor to go over your Resume.

•  Print 10-20 copies and carry them in a professional padfolio.

•  Make your own business cards.

PLAN

•  The plan is to go, shake hands, meet employers, ask good questions, and hand out resumes.  Go with it!

 

•  Locate the employer booths on WITworks ahead of time and map out your route.

•  Maybe talk to a couple employers on your C list to start before moving on to your first choices!

DRESS

•  Gather your professional attire.

•  Visit WITwear to borrow any items you may need!

 

•  Iron, steam, fresh haircut!  Look your best.

•  Also…visit WITwear to borrow any items you need.

PITCH

•  Build a 30 second pitch and practice it in the mirror so you come across relaxed and professional.

•  Practice a firm handshake.

 

•  Record yourself and critique yourself.  Be mindful of eye contact, fidgets, and filler (“um, like”).

•  Pitch with a friend and practice your handshakes.

THANK YOU

•  Shake employers’ hand and thank them for their time answering your questions and speaking to you.

 

•  Collect business cards so you can write thank you notes the next day.

•  If they requested your application electronically – email them to let them know you applied.

 

Check out ALL our helpful guides on resumes, networking, pitches, and more on our Resources page.

Download the WITworks Mobile App: Symplicity Jobs and Careers

Fall 2021 CO-OP + CAREER Fair Resume Drop-Ins

  • Tues, Sept 28 10-2 in person, on the Quad under the Tent
  • Wed, Sept 29 12-4 in person, on the Quad under the Tent
  • Thurs, Sept 30 10-2 virtually on Zoom

Make an appointment with your CO-OP + CAREER Advisor via WITworks, by calling the front desk at (617) 989 4101, or stop by the office.

Need something to wear to The Fair? Borrow from WITwear!

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TFW you nail the CO-OP + CAREER Fair

 

By Caitlin Brison