Early Entrance & Fair Tips

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Early Entrance for Qualified Students

Want to get into the Career Fair early and impress employers? Special 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM early entry is granted for pre-approved UCSB registered students (does not include Alumni and Extension students) only. You can receive an early admission pass for career fair entry at 10:00 AM if you meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You accomplished one of the following items prior to the career fair:
    • Get your resume critiqued at a resume+ event or at the Career Resource Room during drop-in hours
    • Pick up a Career Services calendar and attend a workshop that grants an early admission pass
  2. You are professionally dressed at the career fair.
  3. You have researched the List of Participating Organizations to see which companies will be in attendance. Researching potential employers demonstrates your preparedness for a job and will be evident in your interaction with company representatives.

Have Your Résumé Critiqued at resume+

Polish your résumé by having it critiqued by a professional. Attend resume+ to have a real world employer critique your résumé, these employers are normally human resources representatives or even the recruiter that will be hiring students just like you!

Benefits of Coming to resume+

  • An opportunity to have your résumé critiqued by Human Resources professionals.
  • An opportunity to meet build your professional network.
  • Sneak peek at the employers attending the Career Fair and their job opportunities
  • Early admission into the Career Fair from 10:00 -11:00am (For early admission you also need to research employers, arrive at the Career Fair dressed professionally, and have a early admission pass given to you at resume+).

If you can't attend resume+ there is drop-in time at Career Services, Monday - Friday from 11:00am-4:00pm.

Bring Extra Copies of your Résumé

Make sure to bring at least 10-12 copies of your polished résumé. It is always helpful for employers to receive something from you and your résumé will be the perfect way to sell your skills.

Employer Research

Study up for the fair by viewing the list of employers and available positions they might be offering on Handshake. Handshake will allow you to apply for any positions that may be open. Researching potential employers demonstrates your preparedness for a job. This way you can prioritize and visit those organizations that fall into professional or industry groups that best match your interests.

Prepare Elevator Pitch

Learn to sell yourself by creating a 60 second elevator pitch, and make sure you practice it! Your speech should include the following:

  1. Introduction: Introduce yourself, offer a firm hand shake and a résumé.
  2. Objective: Tell the employer why you are there and what sort of employment you seek.
  3. Summary: Briefly summarize education, experience, strengths, etc.
  4. Closing: Reiterate your interest and thank the employer.

Here are some topics you might cover in an elevator pitch:

  • Who am I? What do I offer? What field or industry am I interested in? (Identify yourself in terms of a job function or contribution.)
  • What need or issue does the employer face and what problem can be solved?
  • What are the main contributions I can make? What benefits can employers derive from my skills, based on my proven accomplishments?
  • End with a question to invoke further conversation: What do you think about…? How can I get a spot on your interview schedule? Can we set a phone appointment to discuss the issue of…? Can I send you my résumé?

Ask About Internships/Summer Jobs

Most organizations have some type of internship or summer employment program. Find out details about job requirements, number of openings, application procedures and deadlines, and position responsibilities.

Inquire About Entry-Level Jobs

Every organization uses its own unique job titles for the types of positions they offer. Learn more on the specific skills and qualities needed to be competitive. Sample questions:

  • “What entry-level positions does your organization have available?"
  • "What are the qualifications you require for these types of positions?"
  • "What types of on-the-job training are offered?”
  • "What is the appropriate procedure for applying for existing or potential openings?"

Seek Advice

Ask an employer about any advice they can offer, here are some sample questions:

  • “Do you have any particular advice you could give me given my interests and background?”
  • "Are there any future steps you think I need to take to better prepare me for this field (e.g. professional associations, trade journals, contacts)?”

Ask for a Business Card

When you have taken the time to talk to an employer, ask them for their business card. After you walk away, write down some notes on the back of the card of what the two of you talked about. This way when you send your thank you note, you remember a specific aspect of the conversation. It will make it more personable and the employer can recall your face better.

Send a Thank You Note

Drop a personal thank you note in the mail later that week if you think this is a place you might like to work. Send an email after the Fair and let the person know that his/her advice was really helpful, and the steps you will be taking. Wish them well, and stay in touch periodically as appropriate. Ask to see if a follow-up, on-site informational meeting and tour might be possible.

Clean up Social image

Project a professional image on all social media sites. This may include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts.