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How To Work A Job Fair. Sponsored by MCB Advising Program Biotechnology Career Services Office And School of Chemical Sciences - Career Counseling and Placement Services. Introductions. Tina Knox & Jennifer Brandyberry MCB Advising Program (MAP) advising@mcb.illinois.edu

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how to work a job fair
How To Work A Job Fair

Sponsored by MCB Advising Program

Biotechnology Career Services Office

And

School of Chemical Sciences - Career Counseling and Placement Services

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introductions
Introductions

Tina Knox & Jennifer Brandyberry

MCB Advising Program (MAP)

advising@mcb.illinois.edu

Check out our Web site:

http://mcb.illinois.edu/undergrad/advising/

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introductions1
Introductions

Kathleen Brinkmann

Director

Roy J. Carver

Biotechnology Center

Career Services

brinkman@illinois.edu

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Introductions
  • Biotechnology Center Career Services, 103 Observatory,

333-1378

  • URL: www.biotec.illinois.edu/career

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introductions3
Introductions

Patricia Simpson

Director

School of Chemical Sciences

Career Counseling & Placement Services

plblum@illinois.edu

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job fair preparation
Job Fair Preparation
  • Before the Job Fair
  • During the Job Fair
  • After the Job Fair

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preparation before the fair
Preparation before the Fair
  • Clarify your goals and what you want out of the Fair
  • Research the employer
  • Prepare questions you want the recruiter to answer

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preparation continued
Preparation continued
  • Prepare a resume and have others proof read it.
  • Practice answers to common questions
  • Print multiple resumes on quality paper

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preparation
Preparation
  • Prepare a 1-minute infomercial of yourself

Name, class year, interest ( F.T intern, etc), your major/career interest, why you have come to THIS company

Know 3 reasons why you are the right fit for this job

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preparation informercial ingredients
PreparationInformercial ingredients
  • Name, degree and minors
  • Targeted summary of work experience
  • Outline of skills developed
  • Effective “name dropping” of companies or names
  • Activities demonstrating leadership, teamwork, and service
  • Warm, confident tone delivered in clear voice
  • Open and welcoming body language
  • Specific interest in the company demonstrated by research From Ron Johnson and Joe Schall article, 2004

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Preparation

In your answers, recruiters look for:

  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Decision-making skills
  • Communication Skills

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preparation tip
Preparation Tip
  • Have a folder for your resumes and a notepad for note taking. No backpacks!
  • Dress professionally- business or business casual is acceptable

( No t-shirts, jeans or sneakers)

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factoid companies use job fairs
Factoid: Companies use Job Fairs
  • To prescreen applicants for later interviews
  • To promote their opportunities and brand

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top skills qualities of the perfect job candidate
Top Skills & Qualities of the Perfect Job Candidate
  • Communication Skills (written and verbal)
  • Computer/Technical
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Motivation/Initiative
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Problem-solving/common sense

Source: Dr. Gardener, Recruiting Trends, 2006-2007

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during the job fair
During the Job Fair

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factoid
Factoid

50-55% of people get their jobs through networking

About 33% from unsolicited resumes

12-18% from answering want ads

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During the Job Fair
  • Have a good firm handshake and eye contact-be aware of your body language
  • Demonstrate confidence, interest and enthusiasm
  • Answer questions clearly and concisely (S.T.A.R)
  • Take notes

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during the fair
During the Fair
  • Don’t ask about salary
  • Don’t ask the recruiter personal questions
  • If asked about your GPA-don’t skirt the issue-just tell them

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during the fair1
During the Fair
  • Focus on the companies you are truly interested in.
  • Ask what is the next step in the process
  • Get their business card

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During the Fair

Sample Questions they may ask:

  • What is your background?
  • Why did you choose Illinois/your major?
  • What is important to you in your first career opportunity?
  • What do you know about our company?

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during the fair question you can ask them
During the FairQuestion you can ask them
  • Why do you like working for this company?
  • What are your day-to day duties?
  • What types of positions are you recruiting for?
  • What types of projects are currently driving your company?
  • In what areas do you see the most growth for your company?
  • Are there specific types of backgrounds that you’re recruiting for?

From Ron Johnson and Joe Schall article, 2004

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after the fair
After the Fair
  • If possible, send thank you note and reconfirm interest in the position and company
  • Follow up, if possible, with a phone call after about a week, if you have not heard from them.

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finals thoughts
Finals Thoughts
  • Prepare
  • Communicate
  • Follow-up

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research oriented information and job fair
Research-Oriented Information and Job Fair

Thursday,

October 22, 2009

Illini Union

Rooms B & C

9am to noon & 1pm to 3:30pm

Business attire required

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companies attending
Companies attending

Abbott, Aerotek Scientific, Archer Daniels Midland, AgReliant Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cook Pharmica, Nanosphere, Inc., Novozymes North America, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Purdue University, Roquette America, Thermo Fisher Scientific, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc, Wolfram

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questions
Questions?

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