Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Using Career Fairs & Events

Stand out from the crowd

One of the best ways to find your next career opportunity is to attend a recruiting event. CICS Careers brings employers to you 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 Partner Mixers in the fall and HackHer413 and Startup Recruiting Night in the spring.

Before the Event

Learn about the employers

  • Filter on hiring details on Career Fair+ such as degree, sponsorship, major, and position types
  • Visit employer websites, including the recruiting/careers pages
  • Search for recent news (browse their social media accounts, read blogs)

Create an employer-specific list of questions

  • Show initiative by integrating information learned through your research
  • Prioritize your most pressing, best questions first
  • Leave space for your notes and follow-up information

Prepare an elevator pitch

Have your resume ready

  • Upload your resume to your Career Fair+ profile
  • Have a public link to your resume ready (Google Drive, Handshake or alternative site)

Use Career Fair+

 

During the Event

Use drop-in rooms and scheduled meetings

  • For your favorite employers, try to schedule a 1:1 meeting
  • If you are exploring career options, or have time between meetings, use the drop-ins rooms

Take notes

  • Write down answers to your questions and highlights from the conversation (Career Fair + offers notes)
  • Record the representative's preferred way for you to follow up with other questions (email, LinkedIn)

What kind of questions should I ask in a 1:1?

  • You want your questions to be as specific as possible to the organization that the recruiter is representing.  When in doubt, be as detailed as possible in your questioning.

Examples:

  • Weak Question: What kind of projects is your company working on?
  • Stronger Question: I see your company is working on Natural Language Processing project to collect data for [x purpose].  I have a strong interest in this work.  Could you tell me more about this project and how an intern might contribute?
  • Weak Question: What kind of SDE roles does your company have this summer?
  • Stronger Question: I am interested in becoming a software engineer at your company, because I care about financial technology with a customer facing element.  I believe I have the technical skills and personality to thrive in a role like this one.  Could you tell me more about how I could contribute to both aspects of this role?

Show proper etiquette

  • Be on time to your scheduled 1:1 meetings and don't go over your time
  • In multi-person drop-in rooms, listen and don't monopolize the employer's time
  • Treat all representatives, whether they are recruiters, alumni or hiring managers, with respect
  • 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

  • View job openings on the employer's website
  • If the employer told you to apply for a specific job, do it ASAP
  • Send a follow-up message 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.