10 Steps to Scoring Your Dream Internship
Career fairs can be intimidating - that's for sure. But, they are super useful resource for meeting potential employers who can hook you up with that amazing internship or full-time job. Here's our guide to making the most of your career fair.
1. Do Your Research
Look ahead of time and know what companies are attending the fair. Make a list of your top choices and do some research as to what they might be looking for. Maybe even dig a little deeper and find the name of the recruiter who you'll be meeting.
2. Dress for Success
Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. It may seem silly, but there's truth to the "power suit". Look good, feel good - be your best self.
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3. Come Prepared
Bring copies of your resume. Sooooo many copies. You'll need them! Bring them in a padfolio so you also have a place to take notes.
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4. Know Yourself
Be honest with yourself. If you know a company won't be a good fit, don't try to force it. On the other hand, if you are so excited about one company, make sure your passion shines through when you talk to them!
5. Be Ready to Talk
Have an "elevator pitch" prepared. Be able to sum up yourself and your experience in about a minute. Have answers prepared to common questions so you sound polished when they ask.
6. Ask Questions
Questions are the best way to spark conversation. Ask them how they got involved in the company, what the culture is like, etc. This way you sound interested in more than just a job opportunity. Don't forget to ask the most important question at the end - "Can I have your contact information?".
7. Know When to Move On
Most times, you will not be the only one wanting to talk to a recruiter. Be courteous of others, and be sure you end the conversation in a timely manner.
8. Take Notes
You'll be talking to a lot of companies, and eventually, they'll all start to blur together. After each conversation, jot down a few notes about what you liked or disliked, who you talked to, and a key conversation highlight. This will really come in handy for the next step.
9. Follow Up
If you got any cards or contact information, email the recruiter the next day. Mention how nice it was to meet them and that you are excited about any potential future opportunities. Tie in a specific reference to your conversation to ensure that they remember you.
You did it. You put yourself out there, and deserve a pat on the back. Realize that not every company will have the right opportunity for you, so don't get discouraged. Keep connecting with recruiters, build your network, and know that your dream internship is out there for you.
Not sure when your career fair is? Check out the 2017 calendar here.