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What Employers Expect from Students at Career Fair

By Audrey Inniger, Campus Recruiting Program Manager at Vantiv

What do you expect to get out of a career fair? Are you looking for an internship? Or a full time job after graduation? The companies attending definitely have expectations for their future employees, as well!

What are we looking for? Here are some things you can do to make a great impression:

  • Make Eye Contact – Eye contact signals to employers that you are actively listening and paying attention to what they are saying.
  • Have a Firm Handshake – Match the grip of the person whose hand you are shaking, shake from your elbow and not your wrist, and follow the two second rule. A good firm handshake signals that you are confident, driven and prepared.
  • Dress to Impress – Don’t dress for a career fair the same way you would dress on the job. Often times you dress more casually on the job than you would during an interview. You have to get the job before you can dress like someone who already has the job, so dress to impress!
  • Have an Elevator Pitch – Be prepared to sell yourself in 30-90 seconds. Start with a short intro about yourself then talk about your experience, your career goals, and why you’re both interested in the company and why you’d make a great fit.
  • Share What Makes You Unique – Be able to tell the employer what makes you different compared to all the other students. Make sure they remember you after a long day meeting with countless students!
  • Show Initiative – Don’t expect the recruiter to tell you what next steps are or to provide you with their business card. Be proactive – Ask for a business card and make sure you walk away knowing what the next steps are.

With the tips I’ve shared, you’ll be able to present your best self and shine!

Tips for networking while abroad!

Originally Posted: January 2017

By: Elana Ross (guest blogger)

While every employer loves to see study abroad experiences on a resume, studying abroad is also an interesting opportunity to grow professionally. The in-class experience is one dimension of cultural learning, but networking applies the culture to a work environment. It also gives more substance to talk about in interviews once you have returned.

Figuring out how to network while abroad can be very daunting, but there are so many ways different options to approach networking.

Firstly, there are different internship programs offered both at Miami and other study abroad providers. Even semester long study abroad programs offer the opportunity to intern along with studying. This is probably the easiest way to start building a global network and understanding global business trends.

Before you start studying abroad reach out to past employers to see if they know anyone in your location abroad. Since you already have a rapport established with them you don’t need to build credibility. For example, at a previous internship someone I worked with transferred from the Paris office. Before I left to study abroad in Paris I reached out to her and she connected me with someone in the Paris office. This is an effective way to grow you existing network within a specific company.

Next look at the multinational companies that recruit at your school. Through the recruiter or the main point of contact at the company you can find out if they have a location abroad. Reach out to them and see if they can put you in contact with someone in their office abroad. Since you are showing interest in their company in a more unconventional way it makes you look proactive and stand out to the recruiter too.

LinkedIn is an amazing resource for networking in general and abroad. If you identify an industry or company of interest, you can filter by those factors along with your location abroad to find potential contacts. Through LinkedIn you can potentially find a professional’s contact information. If not, you can find the format of their email (i.e., Firstame.lastname@company.com  or other variations) and send them a cold email.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, remember that your most valuable contacts abroad are your peers. Studying abroad is a great way to develop a broad network of friends and potential professional contacts down the road. Get to know your peers, their interests, and stay in touch.

Just remember it is never too early to start building a professional network and going abroad is the perfect way to create a strong, global network.