Preparing for Business Expo 2013
How to Research Companies
- Watch the “7 Tips for Researching Companies” Video on CareerSpots
- Make a list of the companies that interest you - Companies Registered for Business Expo 2013
- Visit Glassdoor.com to research company reviews, interview questions, and salary information.
- Visit LinkedIn to see the company’s recent updates, employee profiles, job/internship opportunities
- Visit the company’s homepage and research the following:
- Company Culture
- Current opportunities
Tips for working a career fair
- Review the Floor Plan and familiarize yourself with the layout of the event - Floor Plan
- Watch “Stand Out Resumes” video on CareerSpots
- Visit the Center for Career Development during walk-in hours for a quick resume review.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume in a portfolio. Remember, the bookstore sells resume paper at discounted a price.
- SuitUp! Wear professional interview attire; which includes a business suit, collared shirt and tie (men) and dress or blouse and pants (ladies). Watch “Interview Dress For Women” and “Interview Dress For Men” on CareerSpots.
- Don’t forget to polish your shoes! Enter the Best Dressed competition.
- Take your professional headshot at the LinkedIn photo booth.
- Wear your name tag and don’t forget to include your school and major.
- Pick up a copy of the Business Expo Pocket guide at the entrance on the day of the fair.
How to Talk to Employers
- Watch “Who Am I” and “Google Yourself” videos on Career Spots
- Speak with a warm, confident tone in a clear voice.
- Keep your body language open and welcoming.
- Highlights your skills, strengths, and activities demonstrating leadership and teamwork
- Demonstrate that you’ve researched the company by including elements of their mission statement, history and/or company culture
- Shake hands, make eye-contact and smile with employers
- Ask ice breaker questions
- Get recruiter’s contact information to follow up and send a thank you
Sample Personal Pitch
“Hi, my name is Mary and I am a Junior in the School of Business majoring in Accounting. I am seeking an internship this summer at your company.
I am involved in the Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) Program and the Accounting Society. I am hardworking and very curious to learn new things. Last semester, I was on student council and two years ago I had a mentor who was an accountant who first got me interested in the industry.
I researched that your company is currently one of the industry leaders and has developed a new accounting software. I’d love to learn more.”
Thank You Letter for a Career/Job Fair
- Don’t forget to send a thank-you email to the employers after the career fair.
- For sample thank-you letters and emails, please watch “Art of Saying Thank you” and “Follow Up with Employer” on CareerSpots.