Prepping for the Jobs and Internships Fair

Spencer Linsner—Hey Guys!

It’s that time of year again! No, not Easter! The annual Jobs and Internships Fair at Brockport!

This year’s fair is going to be the biggest one yet, with around 120 employers looking for Brockport students to join their ranks. I plan on being there to look for internship opportunities, and if you’re a Brockport student, you should be there too! It’s a great opportunity to get your name out to potential employers and figure out what you may want to pursue for a career. It helps to be prepared for an event like this, and to give you all some tips, here’s what I’m doing to get ready:

  1. Updating my Resume! Last time I updated my resume was, well, the last Career Fair. To be fair, though, the last one landed me my job at the campus’ IT Help Desk, so I haven’t needed it since! A good tip I got from someone at Career Services was that in order to beef up my resume as a student, I should include a list of courses I’m currently taking, and describe topics those courses cover, especially courses that are relevant to the job I’m seeking.
    1. Subtip: Have an elevator speech ready. What’s an elevator speech? Imagine you catch the boss of the company you’ve always wanted to work for in the elevator on their way to a big meeting. You tell them you want a job, and they tell you that you have until the end of the elevator ride to sell yourself to them as a valuable employee. What do you say? That’s your elevator speech: a thirty-second intro to you that focuses on the stuff you feel makes you the most valuable to your employers. It’s good to have one ready for an event like this, as these recruiters will see a lot of resumes and a lot of faces on the day of the fair. Make sure yours stands out.
  2. Setting Up my LinkedIn profile! Alright, I admit this is one where I should take my own advice: I’ve only just started setting up a LinkedIn profile in the past few days, despite being told for some time that it’s handy to have. If you’re not familiar with LinkedIn, it’s essentially a social network devoted to professional and job networking. Not only do you have a profile page with your resume and keeps track of your connections, it uses that information to recommend new people and businesses to connect to, and can help you land exactly the career you want.
  3. Dressing for success! You know the saying: Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Well, in this case, it’s more like “the one you don’t have”, but the basic principle holds true. Personally, I’ll be rocking a button-down and my favorite purple tie, a nice pair of khakis, and the coup de grace, my patent leather Chuck Taylor Hi-Tops, to help me stand out from the crowd. Plus they look just awesome.

So there you have it, my tips for successfully wowing a crowd of businesses. I’ll post again shortly after the day of the fair and report back on how those tips worked for me, and what I observed. Until then!

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