This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the Career Center will hold its first major Career Fair of the year - and personally, I am slightly freaking out! Why? Before I began my job as a Peer Advisor at the Career Center, I knew next to nothing about, and was hesitant to attend, a Career Fair. (Well, unless you count my freshman year as I quickly poked my head in and left soon after...)
But this year, my hesitation vanished. I spoke to my friends and advisors, and conducted my own online research, slowly getting acquainted with Career Center fairs. I learned various tips and tricks about the importance of career fairs and how to maximize the time I spend while attending one. Some things I would have never thought of, and I am happy I get to share this information with my friends here at Cal!
As a new peer advisor at the Career Center, I expressed my main concern to my mother: How do I provide the most support to students planning to attend a career fair? She told me to remember the six P’s she taught me while growing up: Prior, Proper, Planning Prevents a Poor Performance. Then, I realized that knowing those who might attend future fairs also meant I should examine a few frequently asked questions readily answered. Lo and behold, the Career Center has a link for that! Just login to Callisto with your student username and password, go the right hand banner, click 'Career Fairs,' and select 'Cal Career Fair.' Once there, you have access to a list of ALL the companies on their way to Cal! Now, here's your chance to devise a plan and make your best impression! One tip counselors suggest is to visit your favorite company last. In this way, you can get as much practice talking to other recruiters and iron out the wrinkles as you learn to communicate to employers at a career fair. In addition, remember: recruiters are people, too, and the best way to connect with folks is to have a good ol’ fashioned, down-to-earth conversation. If all goes well, the recruiter will be more than happy to look at your resume.
Along with dressing sharply and speaking smoothly, your resume needs to top notch. But how can you get your resume up to par with only two days left until the September Career Fair begins? You guessed it! There's a link for that, too! Simply visit to the Career Center homepage, click 'Internships,' and select 'Resumes and Letter Writing' to start off your journey. After constructing a resume on your own, come to the Career Center and ask a Peer Advisor to review it! We'll even give you some extra tips to boost your potential for success at a Career Fair. If you wish to have further critique, then a 15 minute appointment with a Counselor should do the trick (appointments can be made easy peasy online! 'Career Center Homepage' > 'Counselors' > 'Make an Appoinment.')For further resume help, our FREE Job and Internship Guides (J.I.Gs) do wonders! It has great tips on how to spice up a resume, and even real examples of prime resumes. Feel free to grab one at the Career Center! Not only will you be killing the game with your style and speech, but on paper with your resume as well! Resume building and attending a Career Fair may seem like a daunting, I know. But, it is essential to the college experience, and should not be missed. Take a chance and head on over. As someone once told me, "The worst thing a recruiter can say is no; but if you don’t go, there is no opportunity for a recruiter to say yes." And remember, us Peer Advisors are here at the Career Center, and will be there at the fair, to lend you a hand and provide words of encouragement for the big day. The tips and resources at the Career Center helped me, and I'm certain that they will help you. Please leave comments down below if you have any questions or concerns, or if you have any special tips on how to thrive at a Career Center. Also, let us know if these tips worked for you. Good luck, and we hope to see you soon!