Recently, I attended my first two college career fairs with vastly different experiences after each one. Because the first career fair was a trial, there was significantly less pressure and I enjoyed myself. I was, however, required to attend the second career fair for the Professionalism course I am enrolled in; I found it much… Read More Don’t Lie at Career Fairs, and Other Lessons Learned.
The University of Arkansas Career Fair for All Majors / Veterans Fair hosted by the University of Arkansas Career Services was an educational experience that served as a great introduction to the world of professionalism. This was the first career fair I had ever attended, so it was fresh and exciting to enter a room… Read More Come Work for Us (or Not): My First Career Fair and How to Get Through Future Fairs
If you are not a morning person, drink more coffee. A cup of coffee can even be a unifying method – something to casually joke about or mention, and create a bond or humanizing effect between the sleep deprived college student and the bored recruiter. Everyone has heard the idiom, “The early bird catches the… Read More The Early Bird Goes to Career Fair
People don’t actually get jobs out of things like this, do they? Everyone is just here for free pens and to satisfy class requirements, right? Oh look, popcorn, maybe I should start there. These were the thoughts running through my mind as I entered the all-majors career fair. I thought I was prepared for this,… Read More Social Awkwardness at Career Fairs
Career fairs are a place of desperation akin to speed dating. The people there are looking for just the right match. At the end of the night they might settle for someone less qualified to fulfill their needs, but they are all searching for mister or miss or missus right. The vendors stand there at… Read More Speed Dating for Employment
For the first three years of my college experience I could not have cared less about career fairs, résumé workshops, or other networking events that I saw advertised around my campus. ‘They don’t want me there,’ I told myself. First it was, ‘they want the older students. The juniors. The seniors’. And I was probably… Read More If I Did It, So Can You (A Pep Talk)
Imagine a place where you have exactly 30-seconds or less, starting from when the recruiter first sees you, to sell yourself in a way that makes them want to give you the opportunity to apply for a job. Now imagine this place is filled with hundreds of people all dressed in suits, and like you… Read More Hello My Name Is….