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Navigating A Job Fair. Center for Career and Calling Seattle Pacific University. Steps to Job Fair Success. Before Set goals Prepare Research During Smile Ask questions Take notes. After Send thank yous Follow up Establish networks. Why are you going?. Find a job or internship

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navigating a job fair

Navigating A Job Fair

Center for Career and Calling

Seattle Pacific University

steps to job fair success
Steps to Job Fair Success
  • Before
    • Set goals
    • Prepare
    • Research
  • During
    • Smile
    • Ask questions
    • Take notes
  • After
    • Send thank yous
    • Follow up
    • Establish networks
why are you going
Why are you going?
  • Find a job or internship
  • Find a place to volunteer
  • Learn more about opportunities and organizations I may want to pursue later
  • Gain experience in the art of working a job fair
  • Network – meet new people
what to bring
What to bring
  • Résumé
    • Résumé Webinar
    • Business Card (if you have one)
    • Portfolio or paper and pen
    • Notes from your prep work/research
    • Calendar
prepare an introduction
Prepare an Introduction
  • “60 Second Interview”or Elevator Pitch
    • Present – “I’m a junior majoring in…”
    • Strengths – “I’ve always been good at…”
    • Past – “Last year I interned with…”
    • Future – “I’d like to work in…”
    • Now you try…
research employers
Research Employers
  • Find out who is coming
    • Learn key facts about the organizations that interest you
      • Company mission, key products & services
      • Organizational structure, culture & values
      • Hiring practices/ job openings
      • Current news, SPU alums, LinkedIn contacts
prepare good questions
Prepare Good Questions
  • What sets your company apart from others in the industry?
  • What do you like best about working for this organization?
  • What are the traits and skills of the people who are the most successful at this job?
prepare great questions
Prepare Great Questions
  • I saw online that your company …… Could you tell me more?
  • May I have your business card?
  • What would be the most effective way to follow up with you?
during the job fair
During the job fair
  • Get the lay of the land
  • Smile!
  • Ask good questions
  • Get contact information
  • Take notes
  • Take a break when you need one
  • Network with everyone!
after the job fair
After the job fair
  • Send thank you notes
  • Organize & create a follow-up plan
  • Follow up!
    • Informational Interviews
    • LinkedIn
center for career and calling

Center for Career and Calling

2nd Floor Student Union Building

Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm

Walk-in Hours: 2-4pm, M - F

(206) 281-2485