Career Fair Tips From The Amica Center

Yesterday, we sat down with Amy Weinstein, Assistant Director of The Amica Center for Career Education, to ask her what tips she had for all of us to consider when getting ready for and attending the career fair this coming Wednesday.  She reassured us that if you follow these tips, you are sure to walk out with some great information and follow-ups for potential careers and internships!  A tip from us?  Even if you are a freshman, there is no harm in attending!  It’s a great idea to start practicing your networking.  If you’re a senior and you do not have a job yet, head to the fair to make those last minute connections you need!

The career fair is this Wednesday from 5-7:30PM in the MAC.  Although registration is now closed, walk-ins are welcome!

Ten Tips:

1.       Dress Professionally – 1st impressions get you off to a great start.

2.       Arrive as early as 4PM to pick up your Career Fair Directory with company names and positions.  BRING YOUR STUDENT ID for swiping!

3.       Bring copies of your resume to hand out to employers – carry them in a portfolio like this one

4.       Research companies ahead of time and prioritize which companies you want to see first.  Know what the company does, where it is headquartered and whether they have opportunities posted on the Bryant Career Connection (BCC).

5.       Introduce yourself to recruiters by stating: your name, class year, major and type of position you are seeking.  Firmly shake hands and maintain eye contact.

6.       Express your interest in the company and the position.  Recruiters love to know why you are interested in their company! 

7.       Ask for a business card so you can follow up.  Take notes during the Fair to remember your conversations.

8.       Follow up within 24 hours with a thank you email.  Mention something specific you talked about at the Career Fair in your note.

9.       Leverage the Fair to make connections.  Follow companies of interest on Twitter.  Use LinkedIn to connect with an alum from companies you’ve applied to.  Try to find a personal connection to the company whenever possible!

10.   Keep an open mind!  Even one connection from the Fair is worthwhile.  Visit the Amica Center for Career Education after the Fair to open up more search strategies, if needed.