Campus Career Expo is an excellent opportunity to enhance your networking skills, meet with professionals in a wide array of fields, and obtain invaluable information for your job search. Brought to you by the SECC, this event will help you learn more about the world of work and find potential areas of employment including future part-time, summer, full-time or internship positions.
Tips for Success
What to do before the event
- Get your resume ready!
- View the list of attending companies.
- Research the companies you are interested in and the positions offered, using the resources at the SECC and on the Internet. Talk to any other students or graduates that have worked for the companies.
- Prepare intelligent, informed questions in advance for those employers that interest you. This will allow you to present yourself as well informed and will capture the employer’s attention.
What to bring
- Pen and notepad
- Portfolio or clipboard—to store the information and business cards you will pick up
- Positive attitude!
What to wear
- Arrive neatly dressed, and appear well groomed and professional at all times while at the event. Business casual dress is recommended.
- Wear minimal jewelry and perfume/cologne, polish your shoes, and do not have gum or candy in your mouth.
- Remember the importance of fresh breath!
- Smile and introduce yourself when you approach an employer! A positive attitude is very important.
- Indicate your year and area(s) of study as well as what your career interests are. Explain why you are interested in the company. If you are unfamiliar with the organization, ask about their operations and what opportunities may exist for a student with your background.
- Prepare a script for yourself to ensure professional introductions and conversation; however, do not read the script "verbatim" to each employer. Practice your dialogue beforehand with a friend.
- Maintain good eye contact and have a firm handshake.
- Ask about the next step in the recruitment process if a recruiter is willing to accept your resume at the event. Some employers will decline and refer you to the SECC and the specific postings on the job postings board and website.
- Thank employers for their time before you leave.
- Attend the event alone—you will be more focused on your job search and make a stronger impression with potential employers.
- Be friendly and warm, self-confident, and listen attentively.
- Stay long enough to have your questions answered and your interest recognized, but never monopolize an employer's time. Ensure that you have left a positive impression.
- Be patient while the recruiter is speaking with another student.
- Show interest in the company, not just its promotional items.
- Focus on what you can bring to the organization, not what the organization can do for you.
- Be relaxed and have fun!