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5 Steps to Make an Impression with Employers

DU Career fairAt career fairs, you may only have three minutes to market yourself—are you ready?  There will be over 75 companies represented at the Career & Internship Fair on February 18th. Employers expect students to have professional dress, thoughtful questions, a great attitude, and a polished resume.
How can you prepare?  Prepare/rehearse your “elevator pitch”, your resume (have at least 2 people review it), research the companies that will be in attendance and their available positions, and have knowledgeable questions to ask company representatives.
What is an elevator pitch and how do I put one together? Your 30 second elevator pitch is an introductory statement, mentioning your name, major and year of graduation along with several of your key strengths, experiences and interests that you have to offer the employer. It answers the question to the employer: “What can this candidate do for me?”
  1. Introduce yourself.
  2. Experience. (major/field of study, year in school, and any relevant work experience).
  3. Strength or skill in which they would be interested.
  4. Accomplishment (or two) that proves you have that skill.
  5. Employment goal. What are you looking for now and/or in the future?
How do I research the companies? Employer websites, Pioneer Careers, and LinkedIn are all good places to start.
Ensure you make a great first impression by dressing and acting professionally (put cell phones away!), remembering your professional introduction and questions for the employer.  Once you arrive, you should get a program and locate the employers you’d like to meet (TIP: Practice on a couple who aren’t at the top of your list first).  Communicate gracefully and with confidence, collect business cards and be prepared to give out your resume.
After the fair, send each employer a thank you email and connect on LinkedIn – personalize this outreach message.  Organize your notes and calendar noting any future follow-up contacts you will initiate, and meet with a career counselor to prepare for the interview you will hopefully have landed!
DU Career Fair

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