Friday, April 14, 2017 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. In the quad of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Come meet with creative industry leaders and local employers at the Career Fair! Attire should fit the impression you'd like to give a prospective employer; come prepared with your resume/portfolio (suggestions below).
Four Steps to Career Fair Networking by Kathy Douglas
Career Fair Prep • Perfect your resume. • Get your professional dress ready (typically business casual or business dress). • Practice introducing yourself. • Find out which employers are attending. • Research the employers you want to meet with. • Prepare specific and general questions.
What to Bring • Business cards • Padfolio, notepaper, and pen • 10-15 resumes (depending on fair size)
During the Fair • Walk around to meet employers alone—you might have friends at the fair who you check in with, but don't travel as a posse. • Limit your give-away item collecting. • Introduce yourself with a smile, a handshake (if recruiter offers a hand), and a few relevant details about yourself, your education/experience, and/or interest in the employer. • Speak slowly and confidently. • Be strategic—talk to your top three employers first, others if you have time. • Take quick breaks between rounds of visits to freshen up and take a breather. • Don't dominate recruiters, be mindful of other students waiting in line. • Ask about opportunities and next steps if there are specific openings. • Wait for cues from recruiter regarding resumes—some will be collecting them, others might direct you to follow up by e-mail, or apply online. • Get the appropriate contact information and/or ask for a business card. • Thank recruiters after speaking with them. • Take notes as soon as you walk away from a table.
After the Fair • Take a few minutes immediately after fair to sort through your notes and make a list of follow-up items. • Follow up and thank recruiters of particular interest. (You don't have to follow up with everyone.) • Follow up with online applications, or by sending a resume and cover letter to the appropriate contact. • Reach out via e-mail or by telephone to reps who were not at fair, but who work with your level of education/field. • Set up informational interviews with individuals at companies/organizations of particular interest to you, and with alumni in these organizations. • Check in with your career office with specific questions.
Kathy Douglas is the Associate Director Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.