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Tips to Get the Most Out of GFN Professional Career Expo
  • Bring many copies of your resume to submit to employers.

  • Come prepared. If you spend a little time getting some background on an organization, then you can ask very focused and specific questions. This impresses representatives because it shows a genuine interest in them.

  • Dress appropriately. First impressions are important. You may be most comfortable if you at least dress in "business casual." 

  • Allow yourself adequate time. Come as early as possible. You may need to return between classes. Typically, fairs are busiest during the lunch hour. Fairs close promptly at publicized ending times to accommodate employers' travel arrangements.

  • Gather yourself. When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the map and directory for the fair. You may feel more comfortable if you quickly locate and walk by the employers in whom you're most interested. This will confirm their location and alert you to any crowds or lines of other students waiting.

  • Prioritize the employers you're most interested in. If your schedule allows, you may find it easiest to start with the employers in which you're less interested. This will allow you to direct your approach and to be most confident when you approach the employers you're especially excited about. Be sure to balance this tip with the reality that you may have little time and that many other career seekers may be interested in the same employers. Assume that you will need to wait to speak with some employers.

  • Introduce yourself and be prepared to give your "career pitch." Extend your hand, say "hello" and state your name. Have your resume ready to give to the employer. Be ready to talk about your career interests as well as academic and extracurricular experiences to show your skills and strengths.

  • Take notes when you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers. The representative at the fair may not be able to answer all of your questions or know specifics about your job interests. Write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff in the organization whom you can contact later. Note specific employer information sessions, on-campus interviewing and projected hiring dates that will affect you. You will not be able to take advantage of this information if you don't record it.

  • Ask the business rep for his/her card Having the business card of the representative you have just spoken has great purposes. This will allow you to have a direct contact with the organization, including the proper spelling of the representative's name, direct telephone line, etc.

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