Prepare for the Fair Week (PFF) is a comprehensive week of activities and meaningful contact with employers. Amazon, Boys & Girls Club, Caterpillar, and Yelp are just a few of the companies participating in the week and Fall Career Days.
These opportunities are a chance for you to build relationships and connections within your industry. You can use Prepare for the Fair Week and Fall Career Days to explore your career options or to participate in a professional development workshop. Below are five tips to help you do so.
1. Be strategic.
There are 23 events happening during PFF so it can be hard to choose which events you will attend. Download our calendar to find the employers and events that most interest you and attend as many as you can.
You will want to be strategic for the Career Fair as well. Research the companies ahead of time to find out what opportunities are available and create a plan for the employers you want to meet. After you meet an employer, stay in touch by connecting with him/her on LinkedIn to begin building your network. You can find the companies attending and what majors they are seeking on Handshake.
2.Use this time to explore.
Attend the “Careers in Nonprofits or STEM Roundtable” or “How I Landed a Job Outside my Major Alumni Panel & Networking Event.” These events are designed for you to learn from industry experts or alumni who have been there.
You can also use the Career Fair to explore options. Look for companies who are interested in talking to first-year and sophomore students, like Goldman Sachs or American Express.
Consider getting your documents ready before you attend these events by stopping by our Resume Lab. You can also discuss strategies for navigating these events by making an appointment with a Career Educator in Handshake. Make sure to upload your resume to Handshake and complete your profile and career interests.
4.Be open to companies you don't know.
You never know the types of jobs a company is hiring for or the majors they are seeking just by their name! Many employers are looking for students from all majors. Find more information on the employers attending on Handshake.
5.Craft your Elevator Pitch.
An elevator pitch is a quick 30-second introduction that you can use in a variety of networking settings to tell someone who you are, your experiences, and your career goals. You might consider telling the employers you meet your major, career interests, and end by asking them what advice they have for a first-year student.