One of the main spring events the Career Center offers is the Career Expo.The biggest thing to do for the Career Expo is to be prepared for the event. A lot of times a representative of a company can quickly lose interest if an individual is lacking information or enthusiasm. A career expo is defined as a fair for employers, recruiters and schools to meet with prospective job seekers.
The following is a list of things that you can do to prepare for the Expo:
Update your resume. One great way to gain the interest from a company representative is to bring your resume with you to the Career Expo. If you do not have an updated resume, click here to get tips on what you should and should not include. Once you have updated your resume, proofread it carefully to eliminate misspelled words or punctuation mistakes. Those are two quick ways to cause an employer to lose interest.
Ask good questions. Be sure that you take some time before the Career Expo to develop some generic questions that you will be able to ask representatives. Questions are great was to spark conversations and interest as well.
Dress to impress. Expo attendees should be sporting their best business professional gear. This means that mean should wear a buttoned shirt and tie with slacks and dress shoes, and for women slacks or skirt would be fine. Leave your club wear at home. No extremely tall heels should be worn when going to the Expo or an interview. Another thing not to wear would be sparkly and excessively shiny clothing.
Now that you have prepared yourself for the Career Expo you will need a few tips of what to do once arriving.
- Be sure to arrive early
- Take your time while talking to representatives
- Have a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact
- Do Not bring drinks or chew gum
- Be friendly, mature, and sincere
These are a few ways to ensure that you are properly prepared for the Career Expo.
After the Career Expo is over, you should not think that your job is over. Make sure that you contact each representative that you spoke with and send them a personal thank you message. For more information about the Career Expo, check this out!
Lamar Courmon is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. His career goal is to work in an Athletic Department with Marketing and Promotions at a College or University.