It is the morning of Spring ICE at Miami University. You put on your suit, smile in the mirror, and give yourself an encouraging “I got this!” before walking out the door. You head over to Millett Hall and begin to notice many other students with padfolios and suits walking that same way. You open the doors to Millett and take your first step in.
Now what? So many employers on your list and only a few hours to try and secure an internship!
What do you do?
From attending Spring ICE three years in a row, I can tell you all I was that nervous (yet very eager) student, hungry for an internship/job, and overwhelmed by the event itself. If I were to give any advice to my past self, I could really point out 5 key tips on how to make Spring ICE the most successful and stress-free experience for you.
- Do your research
Before each Spring ICE, I would look through the list of employers and come up with a list of 10 employers that I would like to visit. Narrowing down 220 employers to my top 10 was challenging, but I found that by matching each employer to my listed criteria (ie. Location, position, industry etc.), it made things much simpler. Now with Handshake, it is super easy to filter your employer search and find opportunities that do fit all or most of your criteria.
- Map out your route
Seriously, make a map. It sounds silly, but as a visual learner, I found making a physical map of Millett and where each of my listed employers were very helpful. The visual map in front of you can help make the sea of booths seem much more manageable, and there is a certain feeling of accomplishment being able to check off a completed visit each employer. Now it’s even easier with the Fairs App (Download Instructions are posted on our website!), which gives you a digital map and instant access to employer locations at Spring ICE.
- Make a great first impression
There really is no science to it, you just have to let your personality shine while maintaining professionalism. Stand tall, have a copy of your resume in hand, be patient, and give a firm handshake to the recruiter you’re meeting. Vault suggests 5 Tips for Making a Strong First Impression in an Interview if you’d like further reading on first impressions in interviews.
- Prepare answers to some common interview questions
For someone like me who loves to prepare for the unknown variables in an interview, formulating answers to common interview questions ahead of time can give you a sense of control in a somewhat unfamiliar situation. Vault suggests 21 Interview Questions Top Internship Programs Ask (and I think this is a great starting point for preparation!)
- Hand over your resume with confidence
Now is this time to hand your resume to the recruiter. This piece of paper is a showcase of all of your amazing accomplishments thus far. It reflects why you deserve the internship/job, and it is something you should be extremely proud of. Be confident in what you bring to the table, and remember that you are looking for a mutual fit between yourself and the employer.
If you would still like to improve your resume before Spring ICE this Thursday, feel free to stop into our resume drop in hours in FSB 1022 or visit the Center for Career Exploration & Success in ASC 0045.
Whatever your concern may be before Spring ICE, take it from someone who has been there and done that, and use these helpful tips to your advantage before stepping foot into Millett on Thursday.
Good luck to you all on your job search!