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How To Prepare for The Job & Internship Fair


The Center for Career Development’s annual Job and Internship Fair is coming up on Thursday,  March 30th from 12:30PM to 3:00PM. With over forty different employers representing over a dozen different industries, you’re going to want to make sure you’re prepared to make your best impression!

Here are 5 things you can do to prepare yourself for the Job and Internship Fair!


  1. Get Your Resume reviewed


Something awesome about the Career Development Center here on campus is that they’re amazing at what they do. If you haven’t visited the CCD you should go right now, they’re located on the bottom floor of Founders (G-4) near Academic Advising. If you come in the front of Founders near the vending machines, make a left and a right and you’re there! You can schedule an appointment with one of four major specific counselors in the office, or over the phone, to have your resume reviewed during an hour long session. The CCD also has short, fifteen minute walk in appointments every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-4 where you can have them quickly look over your resume if you don’t have the time for a full appointment. You can also log into the Manhattanville Career Network to schedule an appointment. They’ll help you get your resume in tip top condition!



2. Buy Your Professional Attire


You won’t be able to enter the Job and Internship fair unless you’re dressed to impress. That means for guys, nice pants and a polo or button up, and no sneakers! For girls, a suit, dress, skirt, or any combination of those items should be good… BUT NO SNEAKERS! The CCD can help you out more if you’re concerned about your professional attire, but you can also scope out Pinterest and LinkedIn for ideas of what to wear on the big day!



3.  Do Your Research


Figure out what different types of internships you may be interested in, and make sure you’re looking for those things in the employers you talk to. If you want to be a social media marketer, make sure you pick a job that will have you posting on social media, and not creating websites. If they do want you to make a website, maybe consider a different type of internship. Know what industries you’re interested in, like finance, arts, or sports. Being aware of what you’re looking for will help make the process easier.



4.  Practice Your Elevator Speech


Having a short and sweet elevator pitch to tell the employers is key to drawing them and making a name that sticks in their heads. While the CCD can help you with this, if you don’t have time, you can try to perfect it yourself. Making sure to get your name, major, and what you’re looking for, is a great start. Add in some prior experience, and what you’re looking for after school, and you’re good to go! Just make sure it’s short, because nobody has time to listen to everyone’s ten minute story.



5.  Attend the CCD’s Career Fair Prep Event!


The CCD is really the perfect place to go to prepare for the job fair, if you haven’t already noticed, they even have an event focused on helping students get ready to get a job!  On Tuesday, March 28th, they’ll tell you what to do before, during, and after the career fair. They’ll event do mock sessions to help you practice talking with recruiters, and they’ll be able to help answer any questions this article didn’t!



If you have any questions about the event, or the actual career fair, feel free to reach out to the CCD, they’re always happy to help!

Email – careers@mville.edu

Phone – 914-323-5484

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