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Preparation Checklist for Students
About two weeks before the fair, start planning. Decide what time you want to go, building in extra time in case you have to wait to speak popular employers. You may need to ask permission to miss all or part of a class, and arrange to get notes from a classmate. You'll also want to make time to work on your resume and elevator pitch (the events below are a great opportunity to have an advisor help you!)
Use the Job & Internship Fair app to start researching employers. The app is also where the map of the fair will be published the day before the fair. You can search employers by the type of positions for which they're hiring (full- or part-time, fellowship, or internship), by degree area (arts, business, communications, etc.), and by diversity initiatives (equal opportunity for LGBTQA, underrepresented groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, etc.). You can also save favorite employers and take notes right in the app.
- Download the app to get started
- Send your resume to your top 10 employers in AU CareerWeb (log in, save your resume in the My Documents tab, look for “AU’s Spring 2018 Job & Internship Fair” under Events > Career Fairs, click "See who's coming." then click "Add to my Top 10 for each employer you would like to send your resume to.)
Here are some other questions to think about:
- Why does this organization interest me? (Their mission or values? The type of work they do? The work environment?)
- What skills, experience, or qualities do I have that would benefit the organization? (You can draw from previous jobs or community service work, positions in clubs, courses you've taken, etc.)
- What do I want to know about this organization that isn't readily available on their website/social media? (This will help you ask a smart question that shows you've done your research.)
- Create or update your resume with our templates and guides
- Review your resume at the Resume Station or Job Search Essentials program
- Print 10-15 copies of your resume to bring to the fair (print in advance for free at the Career Center--the line at the library will be long the day of!)
- Bring a pen and, if you choose, your business cards
When you speak with employers at the fair, you want to prepare a short pitch that sets you apart and quickly summarizes your skills and interest in their organization.
Draft your elevator pitch with one of our templates and practice, practice, practice!