Top Tips: Navigating the Career Expo

Ladies and gentlemen, start your job search! Today kicks off the spring Career Services expo week as we entertain 66 great employers for the Engineering/Technical Expo at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center from 3-7 PM (The Business/Non-Technical Expo will be held on Thursday February 11; same time, same place). To prepare yourself for expertly navigating the expos or any job fair you may attend, consider these 3 tips:
  1. Hand shake & eye contact: Remember to give a firm, confident hand shake and maintain eye contact while talking with employers. This makes an excellent first impression and shows your interest in what the employer is saying about his or her company. It may be difficult to maintain focus in a hectic expo environment so actively listen to the employer and ignore distracting people and noises in the background.
  2. Elevator speech: The elevator speech should be your mission statement for the job search. It tells the employer who you are, what you want, and why you are qualified in about 30-45 seconds. Keep it simple and related to the industry you want to work in. For help creating an impressive introduction, try this site: 15sec pitch.
  3. Ask & answer questions: Be prepared to ask a few meaningful questions about the employer. Assuming you have done your homework and researched the company, you can ask follow-up questions to show your real interest in obtaining a position with them. Also, anticipate answering questions about yourself that highlight your experience, skills, and accomplishments and show employers why you would be an asset to their company.

Though career expos often seem like organized chaos, you can gain the competitive edge and navigate the sea of employers and students like a pro if you practice these 3 tips. So take a deep breath, know who you are and what you want, and go for it. You’ll be wowing employers in no time!

Author: Meaghan Lee

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