Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Using Career Fairs & Events

Stand out from the crowd

"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." Voltaire

One of the best ways to find your next career opportunity is to attend a recruiting event. CICS Careers brings employers to campus throughout the year to help students make a strong impression and get the interview invite. Some of our most popular events are the Tech Fair and Tech Tango in the fall and the CS Career Fair and Startup Recruiting Night in the spring.

Before the Event

 

Learn about the employers who will be on campus

  • Read the company's Handshake and LinkedIn pages
  • Visit their websites, including the recruiting/careers pages
  • Search for recent news (try browsing their social media accounts)

Consider requesting an informational interview

  • Try using LinkedIn to find an alumni or connection who works at a company you plan to meet

Create a company specific list of questions

  • Show initiative by integrating information learned through your research
  • Prioritize so that your most pressing, best question is listed first
  • Leave space for your notes and follow up information

 

During the Event

 

Differentiate yourself

  • Get there 5-10 mins early (when recruiters are most fresh) and introduce yourself
  • Sit in the front row
  • Ask a question

Talk to the visitors one-on-one

  • Approach the employer, shake hands, smile and introduce yourself; remember to have eye contact
  • Ask about the next step in their process and the best way to contact them
  • If you are waiting to talk to them, try to learn from the conversations ahead of you

Show proper etiquette

  • Be sensitive to others who want their turn -- don't monopolize the employer's time
  • Don't leave in the middle of the event
  • Say thank you!

 

After the Event

 

Organize your notes

  • Focus on next steps
  • Summarize key takeaways

Write thank you notes

  • Begin by helping them remember you by mentioning a connection or your discussion
  • Share some of your most relevant next steps and key takeaways
  • Attach your resume
  • Send a customized LinkedIn request

Apply to openings

  • Use Handshake to view job openings and on-site interviews
  • If the employer told you to apply for a specific job, do it right away
  • Send a follow-up email to let them know you applied

 

Many students share that these recruiting events helped them get an internship or job. We hope that with practice, you will learn how to take full advantage of these opportunities.