U of M Career Fair
A U of M career fair will be held on February 17th, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Janet Petersen from Career Services, at UMD, spoke to 2 groups of students on making the most out of interviews at trade shows." The key to interviewing is preparation." said Janet. She feels that career fairs are a great way to gather information and make contacts for future employment.
Janet has been working at UMD for 17 years helping students find jobs. She gave excellent tips on preparing for the upcoming career fair during her speech at the Campus Center. The U of M career fair is an excellent
opportunity to contact future employers, so make the most of your time by showing recruiters that you've done your homework. For example, when talking with an employer of a large corporation, mention specific issues of the company, also mention their web-site to show the recruiter that you are motivated and interested in working for their company.
187 companies will be represented at the convention center. A list of the companies is available through Human Resources. Research the companies that interest you.
The trade show will be held in a huge space at the convention center, there will be many booths, people and noise.
Make the most of your day by being professional, motivated and prepared to listen. "Wear comfortable shoes and profesional dress," said Janet, as she gave students excellent tips. Take a portfolio with you, rather than carrying a bulky briefcase. Take notes for future reference, notes are a great way to write down helpful hints and information for future thank-you notes.
When you check into the trade show you will receive a packet of information, schedules and a map of the different employment booths. Interview are held in a traditional setting that last 15 to 30 minutes. It is possible to make an appointment for an interview, if you contact the employer in advance.
Remember the point of going to the job fair is to make connections and to make a good impression. Generally speaking you will not receive a job offer at the trade show, this is why it is so important to be professional, and do your research, so that your potential employer will remember you.
Send out individual thank you letters to each company, addressed to the specific employer. Try to personalize them, if you forgot something,bring it up. The letters should be sent out within 3 days. This is considered to be standard business protocol.
Remember to be prepared, professional and do your research, those are the keys to selling yourself to a potential employer.
The information on the trade show can be found on the UMD web-site under career services.