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  • 10 Tips to Prepare for the Dean College Career & Internship Fair

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    On Wednesday, March 14th more than 80 employers and graduate schools will fill the Guidrey Center and Campus Center Concourse from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the Dean College Career & Internship Fair.

    The fair gives Dean College students and alumni the chance to meet with employers across a variety of fields to learn about internship and job opportunities. Additionally, students interested in learning about graduate school options will be able to meet with representatives from colleges including Boston College, Bryant University, American International College and more!

    Attending a career fair can be nerve wracking, but we want you to be your best! To help you prepare for Wednesday’s event, check-out these 10 tips!

    1. Plan your outfit. Do not show-up in pajama pants, sweatpants, or even jeans! Recruiters have said that attendees who show up in extremely casual clothing struck them as being unprepared, irresponsible, less capable and possessing poor work habits. Instead, put together an outfit that would be considered business casual with clothing items such as a blouse, dress pants, a blazer, button down shirt, and sweater. And don’t forget that shoes matter too! Exchange your running shoes, slippers and Ugg boots for a few hours and slide on some dress shoes, heels or flats!

    2. Try your outfit on ahead of time. Do not wait until an hour before the event to put on your new pair of dress pants for the first time. Make sure you are comfortable with the way the outfit fits and looks ahead of time to avoid a last-minute outfit crisis!

    3. Update your resumé and have it reviewed. The resume that you are handing out should have all of your most recent experience. Once you’ve made the updates, head over to the Robbins Family Center on March 13th at 10:30 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to have it reviewed by one of our career planning staff members!

    4. Bring multiple copies of your resumé. You’ll be handing out your resumé to multiple employers so be sure to have enough printed ahead of time!

    5. Bring a business card. If you want to stand out to the employers, make your very own business card. Include your contact information (name, phone number, e-mail address), your Dean College class year, and the major you are studying.

    6. Prioritize the employers you’re most interested in. There is a full-list of employers and graduate schools that will be attending on Wednesday. Check it out ahead of time and make a list of the employers you are the most interested in to make sure you don’t forget to talk to them.

    7. Work the whole room. Even though you’ll have your list of must-talk-to employers, don’t ignore the other businesses and companies in attendance. You never know what positions might be available at employers that don’t seem like they’d be a fit for your major or interests. For example, a human services organization might be looking to hire a business analyst or a marketing intern. Don’t assume anything!

    8. Come prepared. Since you have access to the full-list of employers and schools that will be in attendance, do some research beforehand. Gain background information about some of the companies and research the opportunities they have available ahead of time. Then, you can ask them very specific questions which will impress the representatives.

    9. Introduce yourself and give a “career pitch.” Tell them your name and start a discussion. Talk about your career interests, your academics, the activities you are a part of on-campus and anything else that shows your skills and strengths to the representative.

    10. Ask the representative for their business card and follow-up with them. This gives your direct contact with the organization and allows you to show them your investment level with their organization. Connect with them on LinkedIn and/or send them a thank-you e-mail.

    The Dean College Office of Career Planning & Internships offers a variety of services to support students and alumni at every step of the career-building process including one-on-one career counseling, self-assessment tools, networking events, resumé-writing workshops, and more. To learn more about the Office of Career Planning & Internships, visit www.dean.edu/careerplanning

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