Blog by Careers+Placements
The Careers+Placements team have been very busy organising lots of events and fairs and inviting a wide range of employers to campus just to meet you.
Now, while it may be tempting to attend just to get your hands on all the freebies, these fairs are a great way to kick-start your future. Whether you know what you want to do when you graduate yet or not, our fairs are a chance to meet employers face-to-face, discover the wide range of opportunities out there and receive support from us!
With that in mind, it’s a really good idea to prepare for the fairs in advance to get the most out of them – it’s no good just rocking up on the day. That’s why we’ve pulled together these top tips to help:
Brush up on your CV
It’s no good listing hobbies or work achievements back from when you were in primary school! Your CV needs to be in a professional format, up-to-date and proof-read to ensure your spelling/grammar/punctuation is all correct. Then print several copies to hand out to employers at the event.
Dress for success
If you think employers will want to hire you if you turn up in ripped jeans, trainers and your favourite band shirt, you better think again! It’s best to wear business casual to make the right impression – swap the t-shirt and shorts for a smart shirt and trousers.
More than just the Scouts’ motto, it’s one you should live by when attending events where employers will be there.
Double-check the event time and location, decide which employers you want to see and think about how much time you’ll need to speak to everyone you want to – you don’t want to miss out, after all.
Research is your friend
If there’s a particular employer you’d like to work for, it’s a really good idea to do some research about them beforehand and then bring some questions to the event – this is your chance to find out more about the company/vacancy and to show the employer you are genuinely interested in working for them, so don’t waste it!
Make sure you ask questions other than ‘how much would you pay me?’ or ‘what are the job perks?’ though.
Bring a notebook and pen
With so many employers to meet and talk to, it can be hard to remember who’s who, let alone what they’ve said about the company.
Don’t just rely on starting a collection of business cards – take a notebook and pen with you to scribble down important information.
Go it alone
As much as you might want to walk around with your friends, feedback from employers shows that this is the easiest way to get overlooked or forgotten – you won’t stand out if you’re part of a group.
Although it can be nerve-racking at first, approach employers on your own to speak to them so they’ll be more likely to remember you. If you’re nervous about doing this, practise talking to other employers to build your confidence first before approaching your top priority employers.
Be open minded
So you know you want to work for a publishing company in a marketing role. It’s great to have a plan – but don’t fall into the trap of missing out on other opportunities just because you haven’t considered/heard of the role or company before.
Be open minded to the employers and opportunities out there – you never know where they might lead…
Follow up on your leads
Don’t let all the hard work you did at the event go to waste – send a follow-up email to the employer you spoke to confirming your interest in their role and with a copy of your CV; join the company’s mailing list for opportunities; connect with the employer you spoke to on LinkedIn.
For more information about the types of events we hold and to download our event advice guide, head to our website.