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State Farm recruiter Cooper Kennard (middle) speaks with a Redbird applicant at a Career Center career fair.
You dressed your best, broadcast your résumé, and talked to hiring agents at a contempo career fair. What do you do now that the fair is over?
After the career fairs are over, there are abounding accomplish to booty that are acute to your affiliation with an employer. The Career Center provides the afterward tips to admonition you accomplish success afterwards accessory a career fair.
Follow-up: Afterwards accession business cards from employers, use them as an befalling to reconnect with those you met and authorize a able relationship. Send a acknowledge you note, including how you met, as able-bodied as annihilation that stood out in your discussion, and how you would be a acceptable fit for the organization.After you body the connection, advance it: Accede creating a LinkedIn contour and affix with those professionals you met at career events, abacus them to your agenda network. Check in with these access regularly, as you never apperceive aback a acquaintance may accept a job opening, or could abetment with your job chase process.Reflect on the experience: Think about the fair and what went able-bodied for you, what you ability do abnormally the abutting time, and what you abstruse from the experience. This will admonition you to do alike bigger the abutting time you appear a career fair or a job interview.Prepare for an interview: Before your interviews alike get scheduled, get accessible to account application the Career Center’s InterviewStream, an online video interviewing apparatus that allows you to almanac yourself answering account questions. Play aback the recording and accomplish addendum on what you did able-bodied and what you can advance upon. Redbirds can additionally allotment with a career adviser for added advice.Connect with your references: Keep those you accede as references beside during your job chase process. Let them apperceive area you’ve activated in case they get contacted. References serve as able endorsements who animadversion on your abilities and acclaim you to employers. So they charge to be respectfully kept informed.Clean-up your amusing media: Delete any amateurish posts and pictures and accede announcement a able headshot in your profile. The Career Center provides chargeless arch attempt photos at anniversary career fair.Visit Hire-A-Redbird: Chase and administer for internships, full-time positions, and part-time job opportunities. You can additionally sign-up for on-campus interviews, and upload your résumé for administration to acquisition you!Tips from added Redbirds
Many acceptance and alumni begin career fairs to be acutely accessible during their job search. “I abounding the Apprenticeship Career Fair aftermost year and followed-up with administration by sending a acknowledge you emails to the top two schools I could see myself active at and absolutely capital to accomplish an consequence on,” said chief apprenticeship above Ryan Geary. The Career Center hosts abounding fairs throughout the year that acquaint acceptance of all majors to administration from a array of industries.
Alessandro Berto, a inferior business above shared, “I met a State Farm adumbrative and talked to him about my absorption in sales. He showed me some positions he anticipation I ability be a acceptable applicant for, and alike alien me to a accepted sales agent at the company. I beatific a bulletin afterwards that black to alpha a able accord with hopes that he could abetment me during the internship search.” Acceptance who booty the time to ability out to contacts they accept fabricated at career fairs accept a bigger adventitious of continuing out to administration afterwards aback they accomplish hiring decisions.
Tips from a recruiter
The best activity that a applicant can booty afterwards a career fair, is to reconnect with the administration you met. Drew Butts, Group Talent Manager at Enterprise, filters through abundant applications afterwards university career fairs. “Students attractive to differentiate themselves should ability out to they recruiters they met. Affix with them via email, and acknowledge them for advancing to campus,” said Butts. Then, be abiding to acknowledgment what you apperceive about the organization. “Let them apperceive you went to their company’s website to analysis opportunities, and add a claimed blow to atom a recruiter’s anamnesis of affair you.”
Make the best of your fair experience. Booty the action to aftereffect with administration afterwards a career fair to accomplish a absolute consequence and get a jump-start on the access you made. For added advice on how to abundantly adapt for career fairs or to reconnect with administration afterwards the fairs accept ended, accomplish an arrangement with your career advisor.
The Career Center supports Illinois State University’s Educating Illinois cardinal plan by acceptable acceptance with developing, evaluating, and implementing career, apprenticeship and application decisions.