CONNECT WITH RECRUITERS @ CAREER FAIRS
Recruiters visit campus throughout the academic year in order to find students to interview for internships and jobs. The best way to take advantage of these opportunities is to create a myCCO account. Visit the CAREER FAIR SCHEDULE page to explore which career fairs are happening NOW!
HOW TO CONQUER CAREER FAIRS. Attending a career fair allows you to meet with multiple company representatives in one day. Explore the suggestions below to learn how to take advantage of these opportunities.
BEFORE THE FAIR
- Check out the companies that are attending the career fair, narrow your list down to companies and opportunities that interest you most, and rank them in order of importance.
- Do your homework. Before you show up, research your target companies so you can talk about something different than everyone else in line. Look at press releases, blogs, the Career Wiki and company social media pages for a few ideas.
- Dress to impress and make sure you avoid wearing t-shirts, jeans, hats and short skirts.
- Have a good handshake and practice it before the fair.
- Prepare more than enough copies of your polished resume. Not only do you want an error-free resume that includes all pertinent information about yourself, you need to have enough.
- Create and practice a 30 second commercial that includes your name, major, when you’re graduating, what position you’re applying for, and a summary of your relevant skills and experience. Keep it conversational, and try to end with a question to engage the recruiter.
DURING THE FAIR
- Walk around to become acquainted with the layout of the fair. Check out how long the lines are for certain companies. HINT: Even though a company may be low on your list, consider speaking to their recruiters if the line is shorter. This will also allow you to practice your 30 second commercial and get out some of your nervousness before you approach one of your higher ranked companies.
- Consider asking the recruiter a question. Some examples include: Are you familiar with my major? What qualifications are you looking for in a candidate? How can I arrange an interview with your organization? What is your application process? When should I begin applying in relation to my graduation date?
- Talk to the recruiter and show your personality. Don’t get distracted by the free stuff and giveaways, or look in the sky or ground because you’re nervous. Maintain eye contact and don’t be afraid to show enthusiasm for the company and position. REMEMBER: recruiters are people too and they were once in the same position you are in now!
- Ask for the recruiter's business card and write notes about your conversation.
AFTER THE FAIR
- Follow-up with companies within 24 hours to restate interest. Ask questions about next steps.
- Consider connecting with them on LinkedIn.
HOW TO CONQUER INFORMATION SESSIONS. Information sessions allow organizations to communicate their brand, mission, and employment opportunities. Attending an information session shows a recruiter you’re interested and gives you the opportunity to learn the basic facts about the company culture and position you’re applying for so you can be better prepared by the time your interview rolls around.
See when companies are coming to campus through the CCO Calendar!
FIND OPPORTUNITIES ONLINE
Explore the tools below to research and identify internships and job opportunities within your field.
- myCCO Find internship & full-time opportunities, apply for positions and schedule interviews with companies wanting to hire Boilermakers
- 21st Century Partners Program Research over 40 companies who actively recruit Purdue students by partnering with the CCO
- Career Decision-Making Model Explore the Gain Relevant Experience page of the CCO website to find internship, research, co-op, study abroad, part-time work, volunteer opportunities, service learning, and study abroad experiences.
- Resources to research internship opportunities. Find opportunities for community service learning, co-op's and internships, and part time local employment.
- LinkedIn Follow company pages, join groups of interest and take advantage of the jobs section. HINT: If you join groups relevant to your field, your network expands greatly and you are able to see the profiles of more professionals. Check out the Build Your Network page for more info on how to network with alumni and professionals who are in careers that interest you!
- Career Wiki Explore the CCO Career Wiki to investigate company profiles, industry analysis and market research reports.
- Job sites targeted towards your area Find job search engines and professional associations related to your field.
Check out Ace the Interview for information on how to make the most of your interview process!
SUCCEED IN THE ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH
PREPARE A RESEARCH STATEMENT
A research statement is a clear and concise summary of your research and dissertation with a focus on the future direction of your research. Think about how your research and dissertation will fit into your future experience and institution you are applying to.
- Include a concise discussion of your dissertation, and relate previous research into future projects or related research programs.
- Express the relevance of your work to larger intellectual interests.
- Answer the questions, “Why does knowing about ______ matter?” and “What will that project tell them what they don’t already know?”
- Mention the future direction of your dissertation research and the important and innovative directions your research may take.
PREPARE A TEACHING STATEMENT
A teaching statement is a personal mission statement for anyone whose assignment is to help others learn.
- Use any specific instructions in the job posting as a guide.
- Length: 1-2 pages
- Use present tense to reflect your experiences and beliefs.
- Include discipline specific standards when necessary (avoid technical terms).
- Make your statement unique and set yourself apart from other candidates.
- Discuss your philosophy of teaching and learning.
- Describe your approach to teaching.
- Provide documentation of your effective teaching strategies.