Nailing the Student Job Fair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nothing better than the Student Job Fair to kick off your semester and get you in the swing of things!

This years Student Job Fair will take place on September 1st between 10AM and 1PM in the Glass Pavilion. Unpack your business attire and get ready to snack on freshly popped popcorn while participating in giveaways and meeting potential employers!

Here are some tips and tricks to make the best of your job fair experience:

  1. Wear business casual attire. Think collared shirts, close-toed shoes, and dress pants or a skirt.
  2. Fill out your Student Job Application. This form covers everything from available hours to previous work experience. This acts as a resume so that employers can see all your information in a standardized format. Print at least 10 copies and make sure you keep them in a folder so they don’t get folded throughout the day.
  3. If you have a resume, bring it! While it’s not necessary since the Student Job Application covers your skills and experience, it’s always good to be prepared. Print out a few copies and keep them in a folder, as well, just in case a potential employer asks to see it.
  4. Bring your JCard and your ticket. You’ll need them to get in! To get a ticket, visit the Student Employment Website and click on “Job Search/Application.” Once you are logged in, complete your job application. Print this out and it will serve as your ticket on the day of the fair.
  5. Print out your class schedule. Even if some of your classes are still ‘pending’ since it’s the beginning of the semester, print out a few copies of your class schedule and bring them along. The schedule serves as a way for them to know when you are available to work, so make sure you mention any potential changes that you are planning on making.
  6. Prepare your elevator pitch. Employers may choose to conduct mini interviews on-the-spot, so make sure they don’t catch you off guard! Think through your biggest strengths and weaknesses, relevant experience, and goals you hope to achieve. Additionally, think of a few questions you may want to ask to show that you are interested in finding the right job for your skills.
  7. Be confident! Body language is the key to a good first impression. Stand up straight, give a firm handshake, and look people in the eye when you are speaking to them. It’s normal to be nervous, but you want to give off the feeling that you can perform well under pressure.

If you have any questions about the Student Job Fair, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Most importantly, enjoy the job fair and don’t forget to be yourself!

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