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Top 5 tips and tricks for navigating the career fair
The University of Delaware Fall Career Fairs will be Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13-14, at the Carpenter Sports Building (Little Bob). In the past, such fairs were held at the Bob Carpenter Center on South Campus.
The Engineering, Science & Technology Fall Career & Internship Fair will be on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Fall Career & Internship Fair will be on Thursday, Sept. 14. Both fairs are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and programs, and will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Nathan Elton, director of the University of Delaware Career Services Center, offers five tips and tricks to make the best use of a career fair:
Dress professionally: More than half of the message you communicate is nonverbal, therefore what you wear to the career fair says a lot. You will want to dress for success by wearing professional or business casual attire.
Research organizations in advance: University of Delaware career fairs draw a large number of hiring organizations. This year, more than 250 employers are scheduled to show up for the upcoming Fall Career & Internship Fairs alone. Recruiters love to know that their organization is special to you.
Craft a strong personal introduction: Prior to the fair, assess your current goals, talents and skills. Practice sharing the highlights in 30 seconds or less, this is referred to as your 30-Second Commercial. And don’t forget to bring several copies of your resume.
Remember there are many job, internship, and volunteer positions available: Just because you have your heart set on working for a specific organization, you should still take time to talk to other potential employers. You may be surprised at what you discover.
It is never too early to begin building your professional network: Connecting with individuals in an organization can greatly increase your likelihood of landing an interview. Whether you are a first-year student or alumni, career fairs are a great place to make professional connections.
Those who plan to attend are encouraged to download the UD Career Fair app for access to event details, such as employer information, floor maps, and networking best practices. The app can be found by searching “CareerFair+” in the app store. When entering the app, search “University of Delaware” to view the upcoming events. Download the IOS App or the Android App to access the information. Students may also research employers and view event details through their Handshake account.
Special features of the Fall Career & Internship Fairs include free LinkedIn headshots, sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and fair tours for those who wish to learn more about the career fair setup and how to navigate the event.
Students, alumni, and employers are encouraged to use the hashtag #UDFallFair on their social media channels to enhance the networking process and increase the potential for meaningful connections.
The University of Delaware’s Career Services Center will be hosting a total of 21 career fairs and meetups this fall and encourages all interested to attend. For more information on career events, visit the Career Fair website or log into Handshake.
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