Sophomore Career Fair Advice from the CCPD

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Career Fair Advice.

Things to do at the Career Fair: Sophomore Edition!

 

If you haven’t been able to get your resume critiqued, use our Career Development Guide for resume examples. Remember, one page, 10-12 sized font, a ½ inch can be your smallest margins and 2.7 or higher GPA can be listed. You can also leave high school information on until the end of this year.

Upload your resume to JobLink for employers to see and apply for On-Campus Recruiting and Open Job Postings. Some OCR deadlines are before the Career Fair!

Register and see the full list of attendees for the NSBE/SHPE Career Fair on Friday 9/21 & 9/22 at www.rpicareerfair.org. Take note the dress code under the “Help” section.

Practice your Pitch: include your name, major, class year, the opportunities you’re interested in and a little bit about you. 

Get a business card! Follow up to thank them for their time, remind them of your conversation, if you have applied to anything and attach your resume. If they don’t have a card, write down their name to connect with them on LinkedIn afterwards. The note you send when you request to connect should be the same information you would include in an email.

But what about Arch? This is a great opportunity to meet employers face to face to find out when they recruit! Asking specific information about their timelines and if they tend to have semester only positions and co-op positions available will be helpful in your follow up. Some positions that require a security clearance may take up to a year to process, large investment banks’ summer internship applications could close the fall prior, so networking and starting early is key. By meeting employers now, you have a contact at that company to reach out to when you apply to their positions. While the CCPD has notified employers and shared program details about Arch on many occasions, the recruiters who attend may not have been informed on the specifics about it.  Share a bit about the program – the fact that you will have completed at least your first semester of junior level classes by the time you are pursuing your away semester and are able to work during the fall or spring.


Meaghan M. Johnson

Associate Director of Career Development

Center for Career and Professional Development