The annual Education Career Fair is brought to you by the SECC and the College of Education. This event offers the opportunity to network with school boards and employers from local, provincial, national, and international regions who are looking to meet and recruit University of Saskatchewan students and alumni. This event is for undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni seeking summer jobs, teaching or education-related positions.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tips From Past Attendees
"Even if you're in first year and not looking for a job yet, it's good to go - you can make contacts for internship or just start thinking about different divisions you might go to once you're done." - 1st year Education Undergrad
"Brainstorm a list of questions you would like to ask the exhibitors - this will help you feel more calm walking into the career fair. Be open to new employers - gain information from booths that appeal to you." - 4th year Education Undergrad
"Go in your first year of Education and dress in formal attire. Ask each of the schools what they are looking for on resumes and in a teacher, then the following year be prepared to shine." -3rd year Education Undergrad
"No matter if you are looking to obtain a job, or information, it is a great experience to go and speak with individuals face to face and immerse yourself in information." - 3rd year Education Undergrad
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.
- Consider creating a LinkedIn account.
What to bring
- Pen and notepad
- Portfolio or clipboard—to store the information and business cards you will pick up
- Positive attitude!
- Calling cards
What to wear
- Arrive neatly dressed, and appear well groomed and professional at all times while at the event.
- 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!
Practice your F.A.S.T. Pitch ahead of time, so that you are prepared to use it as a means of introducing yourself:
F - First: name and firm handshake
A - Academics: year and major
S - Skills: strengths and interest (in position, their company, the industry, mentoring, etc.)
T - Target: define your objective (what is your goal for speaking with this person)
- Remember to smile and maintain good eye contact. Demonstrating a positive attitude and being engaged are very important!
- 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.
- Be sure to 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!
Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to interact with employers behind the scenes and develop your networking skills in a low pressure environment.