Career Fair Success Strategies

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

Career Fair Success Strategies

Text of Career Fair Success Strategies

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    Career Fair SuccessStrategies

    Presented byMike Brown

    Director, MBA CareerServices

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    .not just a place tocollect logo pens and

    post-it notes!

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    3

    Career Fair Benefits

    Multiple employers; one location Acquire market, company data Practice interviewing skills Network with recruiters Land interviews

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    4

    September Career FairsEvent Dates

    Corporate Associates Career Fair September 10

    PSU Fall Career Days September 11-13

    Marketing Association Career Fair September 13

    NAAMBA Leadership Conference Santa Clara, CA September 14 -15

    Supply Chain Career Fair September 18-19

    National Black MBA Career Fair Indianapolis, IN September 27-28

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    5

    October Career ExposEvent Dates

    NSHMBA Career Fair Orlando, FL October 5-6

    MBA Veterans Career Fair Chicago, IL October 12

    Midwest Career Fair Chicago, IL October 19

    MBA Women International Conference Phoenix, AZ October 19 - 20

    Reaching Out LGBT MBA Career Expo Boston, MA October 19 - 20

    Net Impact Conference Baltimore, MD October 25-27

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    6

    What Employers Are SeekingDesired Traits in 2011 MBA Hires Percentage

    Initiative 77%Professionalism 77%Motivation 76%Integrity 76%Ability to deal effectively withpressure/obstacles

    75%

    Source: GMAC 2011 Corporate Recruiters Report

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    7

    Career Fair Strategies

    Pre-fairPreparation

    CareerFair

    Performance

    Post FairFollow-up

    NationalCareerExpos

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    Pre-fair Prep Strategy

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    9

    Targeting Strategy Determine your career fair goals Identify job fair participants Prioritize your target companies

    top 5 must see A tier companies 5-10 nice to see B tier employers 5-10 intellectually curious C tier firms

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    10

    Research Companies

    Review jobopenings

    Flagship productsor services

    Stock price,history, locations

    Recentmerger/acquisition

    activityKey competitors Industry trends

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    11

    Tailor Your Resume Good fits move on; bad matches dont Customize to job or internship

    qualifications Select best accomplishments Present to top 5 must sees

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    12

    Prepare questions to ask Strategic Comeback

    What skills, experience do you look for. Strategic Planning

    What is the retention rate of newly hired Company Information

    How would you describe the corporateculture?

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    13

    Prepare Your Branding Message

    Your response to Tell me about yourself Strengths, abilities, knowledge Recent experience, accomplishments Your career goals, ambitions; interest in

    company Practice, practice, practice

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    14

    Dress for Success

    Business Professional, conservative attire Stylish but not a statement maker Be careful of colognes and perfumes Pre-plan for pressing and dry cleaning Polished dress shoes

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    15

    What to Bring:

    Pad-folio with pen and paper Conservative work bag or briefcase No backpacks! Extra resumes (on resume paper)

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    Day of the Career Fair

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    17

    Have a Walkabout Plan Career Fair

    Get a lay of the land Locate target employers Identify who has long lines Determine your interview order Walk off some initial nerves

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    18

    Walkabout part two Employers

    Pick up media, job listings Eavesdrop on recruiters personality,

    communication styles Qualitative vs. quantitative questions Identify their critical needs Warm up with your 2nd tier 5-10

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    19

    First Impressions Confidently approach the recruiter Smile Maintain eye contact Firm handshake Hi, Im ____, its a pleasure to meet you. Repeat recruiters name

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    20

    Three no-blink responses1. Tell me about yourself2. Why are you interested in our company?

    or Why are you here today?3. Why have you chosen this career?

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    21

    Booth Etiquette Respect the recruiters time Wait your turn Never interrupt a current conversation Dont speak negatively about anything Dont just drop a resume and walk away Build rapport with recruiter

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    22

    Recruiting for Undergrads? Connect with recruiter Make it an information interview Show your interest in the company Talk shop about the industry; business Ask for the appropriate MBA recruiter

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    23

    Closing Impressions Ask for recruiters business card Inquire about next steps Firm handshake Maintain eye contact Thank you for meeting with me today

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    24

    Circle-back Strategy When lines drop off When you are more relaxed To continue a conversation To ask additional questions To build rapport and be remembered

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    Post Fair Follow-up

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    26

    Follow-up Strategy Drop off a hand-written note at booth Leave a personal voice mail that evening Send a thank you within 24 hours

    Reference what was discussed at fair Enclose another copy of your resume

    Be professionally persistent!

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    National CareerExpos

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    28

    30-60 Days PriorRegister as early as possible;

    Apply for jobs; recruiters are screening resumesongoing

    Conduct pre-conference networking

    Update LinkedIn to MBA candidate; scrubFacebook

    Arrange travel logistics

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    29

    30 Days Prior Plan your agenda; speakers, networking

    events Prioritize your target companies Practice your branding message Prepare open ended questions Schedule simulated interviews

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    30

    When You Arrive Check in when you arrive Review the expo floor map Attend professional development

    sessions sponsored and facilitated by recruiters

    Secure interviews Seek additional networking opportunities

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    31

    Tips for Expo Success Anticipate the size; 100,000 sq. ft. Start slow with B & C tier employers Stay focused on targets and goals Ask recruiter for an interview

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    32

    Interview Centers

    Arrive early; allowtime to check in

    One company willconduct multiple

    interviewssimultaneously

    200 to 600interviews

    happening atonce

    Partitions arewalls of cloth

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    Final thought:You might not find the job youre

    looking for at a career fair; but youjust might find your future

    employer!

  • Penn State Smeal MBA Program

    Questions?