Employers are looking to recruit the best candidates. Below are some simple steps to follow before, during, and after the Fair to help you prepare and stand out.
Before the Event
1. Save the date
Plan ahead. It is never too early to start networking and looking for the ideal position, even if you are not graduating this June, you can get a head start on your career planning. The UFV Hiring Fair is an ideal setting to learn about full-time, part-time, and summer job opportunities as well as potential graduate school programs.
2. Do your research
Look at the websites, social media accounts, and annual reports of the employers that you are interested in. Try and link some of your own personal interests to the company. This is a great way to spark up a conversation with the employer and help you stand out.
3. Fine-tune your resume and cover letter
Book an appointment with a Career Coach through CareerLink. The Career Coaches provide you with one-on-one assistance to polish your resume and cover letter. Bring copies of your resume and cover letter in a portfolio to the event.
4. Order student business cards
Order personalized UFV student business cards to impress at the Fair and at other networking events. UFV student business cards are professional and designed specifically for UFV students. They are a great tool to have while you network, in order to provide prospective employers with your name and contact information.
5. Dress to impress
Ensure that you look professional by wearing business attire. This will let employers know that you are willing to add extra effort and that you take networking events seriously.
During the Event
1. Make a good first impression
Greet employers with a handshake and smile, maintain eye contact, and have an attentive posture. Avoid slang and jargon when speaking.
2. Ask open-ended questions
Ask questions about the industry, the company, and the employer. Try to be original and show that you’ve researched the company. Be sure to ask about things that you are genuinely curious about and interested in.
3. Listen to the employer
Listen and be attentive to the employer. Ask follow up questions when suitable.
4. Thank the employer
Thank the employer for their time and give them your UFV student business card so that they will have your name and contact information. This is a great time to offer your resume and/or cover letter.
After the Event
1. Follow up
Send a thank-you email to the employers that you feel you made strong connections with within 24-48 hours. Mention a unique topic of conversation that came up to make yourself stand out.
Think about what areas you would like to improve on for the next networking event.