KAYLA DRAKE | A&E Editor
Career Strategist Caitlyn Rhodes has five tips for success at the career fair on Thursday 3-6 p.m. on the Evans Courts.
Review the list of all the employers coming and do research on the companies you are interested in: what positions they are hiring for, what majors they are looking for, what the company culture is.
“It’s really not the place to just come in to and just wing it,” Rhodes said.
A total of 60 companies are coming to the career fair, so you should be able to find at least one company that sparks your interest.
All of the companies are listed on handshake, which every student has an account on. The username and password are the same as your Lindenwood login.
Also bring copies of your resume and apply online prior to attending if you find a job fit. Then you can say you applied when you meet company representatives.
“I firmly believe that when you look good, you feel good,” Rhodes said.
Professional attire is preferred, but since some students may not have business clothes Rhodes said a nice button down or black skirt will work fine.
Rhodes recommends to carry a tote or notebook to store freebies and business cards in to keep your hands free. Also avoid wearing your backpack, you want to look as “clean as possible” according to Rhodes.
“One of the most common questions we get is: I don’t know what to say when I come up to these people,” Rhodes said.
- Expected graduation
- Career interest or objective and how you have pursued that goal
Then your research and preparation comes into play: follow-up with a question about the organization or about a position they are offering.
“You want to keep the conversation flowing, so don’t just leave some dead silence and dead air in the middle,” she said.
Rhodes said that smiling makes you feel good and other people around as well.
“It makes you feel confident and competent, even when you may be very nervous. You can’t go wrong with a smile,” she said.
Bring a notebook or a padfolio, so you can jot down some notes about your conversation: who you just met, the contact's name and how to contact them.
Rhodes recommends to take the extra step and send the company or representative a simple thank you email.
“That small touch can make a really lasting impression because it’s not common for someone to take that extra step,” she said.
Photo illustrations by Kayla Drake.