Presentation on theme: "Preparing for the Careers Fair: The Key to Success."— Presentation transcript:
Preparing for the Careers Fair: The Key to Success
Agenda The Purpose of a Careers Fair? Preparation for Fair What to Expect On the Day Questions and Answers
The Purpose of A Fair One stop shop for students and employers An opportunity for you to review different career areas Students get up-to-date company information Student and potential employers get to meet face- to-face An opportunity to ask potential employers questions about recruitment Company gets student’s C.V. or contact details
Preparing for the Fair Review Companies attending fair –Careers by Degrees 2006 –2007 –Careers website for updated list (Events) Make list of companies of interest Include some of the less obvious ones Compile list of questions for company Research companies of interest before attending fair – check websites
Preparing for the Fair (2) Update your CV and bring multiple copies Customise CV if applying for different types of jobs Highlight significant experience Plan your strategy – order of priority Think about how you will introduce yourself Bring pen and paper to take notes Bring your copy of Careers by Degrees Remember 1 st impressions count!!!!
Sectors represented Financial Services Accounting Insurance Public Sector Chemical/Pharmaceutical Healthcare Food & Drink International Opps Retail Marketing Aeronautical Manufacturing Eng. Research Electronics Software Volunteering International Consulting Paper products
International Opportunities Airbus Lufthansa Technic AG JP Morgan Lehman Brothers Johnson & Johnson IBEC (EOP programme) FAS Overseas Graduate Programme ESL Opportunities I-to-I Ireland JET Programme Perot Systems Tata Consultancy
What To Expect Stands, Stands, Stands, High noise levels Companies with lots of opportunities –Representatives promoting the companies –New graduate recruits –Products, videos, demos Competition from other students & graduates Chatting with Company personnel, remember this can be like a pre-interview!!!! Be alert!!!!
On The Day Dress smart – wear comfortable shoes Positive Attitude Be enthuastic and knowledgeable Arrive early while employers are fresh Make a list of stands you want to visit Check the numbers & locations of stands Plan your route around the fair based on the companies you selected Check at Careers Stand if in doubt
On The Day contd… Keep an open mind about companies Practise your technique by approaching a few less- popular companies until you feel more confident Explain why you are interested in their company- talk about what you learned during your research Know what kind of job interests you Check application and interview details Don’t monopolise employers’ time Don’t expect them to be familiar with your course
On The Day contd… Asking vague questions and being unclear about your career interests will not impress Their questions; –What interests you in our company? –What type of position are you interested in? –What department are you interested in? Have your own questions ready Take notes and ask for name or business card Be selective about material, freebies and handouts Make note of companies who have your CV
Typical Questions to ask What degree disciplines do you recruit? Have you recruited many UL graduates? What is the typical career path of graduates? What kind of training/development opportunities do you offer? What’s the format of your recruitment? –CVs, Applications, Online applications –Aptitude tests, Assessment Centres What qualities do you look for in graduates?
Finally Think outside the box – big isn’t better Check out the ‘any discipline’ employers Call to the Coop & Careers stand for –Queries and information Complete survey form and win a voucher worth €300