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Career fairs are a great way to meet recruiters, network for internships and jobs, and gather company information. Select the topics listed below to learn more about how to prepare for your next career fair.

Career Fairs

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BRING MULTIPLE COPIES
OF YOUR POLISHED RESUME

Have your resume critiqued before the career fair. You may have your resume critiqued by attending the Career Center's "Resume Critique Days" (see the Career Center website for dates) or by visiting the Career Center during Walk-In Hours
(12:00pm-2:00pm Monday-Friday).

Bring 10 to 15 copies of your resume to the fair, but be aware that some employers cannot accept hard copy resumes and will ask you to apply online. This is to comply with federal regulations requiring employers to maintain data on applicants.

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DRESS APPROPRIATELY

In essence, Career Fairs are your first interview. A well-pressed dark suit is always appropriate. Wear comfortable, professional, and polished shoes!

Cologne, Perfume, & Cosmetics:
Be conservative with perfume and makeup; when in a small space, even a little perfume may be too much (particularly if someone is allergic), so consider not wearing any.

Backpacks:
If you can go without your backpack, do so. Carry a portfolio with a notepad, copies of your resume, a pen, and any other pertinent information. If you are also carrying a purse, keep it small.

*Avoid visible piercings and tattoos*

*Turn off your cell phone*

*Do not chew gum*

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CONDUCT EMPLOYER RESEARCH
BEFORE THE FAIR

Step 1.
Review employers attending the fair at:
www.career.uga.edu

Step 2.
Preview job descriptions and targeted majors.

Step 3.
Identify your top 5 - 10 employers.

Step 4.
Do some research on these employers! Find out their main products/services, mission, current news, main clients/customers, and competitors.

*It is CRITICAL that you THOROUGHLY understand the company and positions for which employers are hiring*

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APPROACHING EMPLOYER BOOTHS

Prepare a 30-Second Commercial:
This 30-second "Elevator Pitch" introduces you, states your interest in the organization, and communicates your experience related to the position(s) in which you are interested.
Network Independently:
If you go with friends, identify a space outside the event to meet after the fair.

Be Patient:
Do not interrupt the employer or jump into a conversation he/she is having with someone else. Wait your turn; you might even pick up some valuable information as you wait!

Show Enthusiasm:
If you are interested or excited about a position, let the company representative know! You can do this by mentioning the company research you conducted while completing the sentence, “I’m really interested in your company because…”

Bring Pertinent Questions:
Your questions will depend on your goals and interests (career exploration vs. job search).

Examples of Appropriate Questions: Examples of Inappropriate Questions:

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CLOSING THE DEAL

1. Collect business cards

2. Ask about next steps in the hiring process

3. Send an email or written thank you letter within 24 to 48 hours

Elevator Pitch

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YOUR 30-SECOND COMMERCIAL

Networking happens in formal settings like information sessions or career fairs, as well as informal settings, like when you run into a recruiter on an elevator or find yourself unexpectedly speaking to a potential career resource. How can you make a positive impression in a short amount of time?

Having a planned response that highlights your experiences and strengths in a concise (30 second) blurb will help you portray yourself as confident, prepared, and memorable.

In your commercial, you want to include: Example:
You know that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be at the Career Fair. You decide to approach the recruiter to discuss research positions. You don’t know much about the exact positions available, so you take the approach of describing your overall research qualifications.

“Hi. My name is __________. I’m a third-year Microbiology student at The University of Georgia. I’ve completed (and enjoyed) numerous science classes with labs, including biology and chemistry. Last summer, I volunteered at Emory University’s Clinic and became familiar with the hospital environment. I understand that Children’s Healthcare may have some undergraduate research opportunities, and I would be very interested in learning more about these positions.”

Interview Tips

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BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

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DURING THE INTERVIEW

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Questions

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SAMPLE BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Tip: Use the STAR technique

Situation: Describe the situation. For instance, if using a class project describe both class and project. How many people were in your group? When did it happen?

Task: What was the problem? What was your role? Using the class project example, what was your specific role in the group? What was the assignment?

Action: How did you handle the task? Focus on your own actions, not those of your group.

Result:What was the result of your efforts? This is a VERY important part of the answer!

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SAMPLE TRADITIONAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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SAMPLE CASE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Tip: Don’t worry about getting the question right. The goal is to demonstrate how you would logically try to solve the problem.

Etiquette

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BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

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BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: NETWORKING EVENTS

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BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: EMAIL

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BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: VOICEMAIL

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DINING ETIQUETTE

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DINING ETIQUETTE: GENERAL TIPS

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DINING ETIQUETTE: ENTRÉE SELECTION

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DINING ETIQUETTE: EATING TIPS

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SOCIAL MEDIA "DO's & DON'TS"

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Networking is a crucial part of the job search and is consistently ranked as the number one way students find employment. In order to be a successful networker, you must come up with a specific networking pitch. Some things you can include in your pitch are: geographic preference, industry, role, values, company size, amount of travel and so on.

Example: “I am Anna-Marie Jones and I’ll graduate from the University of Georgia in May 2015 with a degree in Marketing with a focus on social media. After graduation, I plan on moving to Los Angeles and am interested in working for a digital marketing agency or in an entertainment-related role where I can use my social media knowledge.”

Without detailed information, it is difficult for your network to help you find employment. If you reach out to your network to assist you in finding a job and they keep making suggestions of things you aren’t interested in, pause and ask yourself why you aren’t interested in those opportunities. Use the information you gather to help you further hone your networking pitch.

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INTERVIEWING

Remember that you are one of many candidates employers could hire. You need to be memorable and stand out—for a good reason. To do this, you must balance looking unique, informed and pleasant to be around.

Unique:
Reflect on your background and identify things you’ve done that make you different than your peers. Did you travel to a foreign country? Lead a student group? Come up with an innovative project or solution? Be prepared to share examples. Be specific. Speaking vaguely or in non-specific terms will make you blend with your peers.

Informed:
The best way to appear informed is to discuss what you know about the company. When employers ask you why you’re interested in the company, cite specific facts you know about the organization and how you would fit into the role. Employers are looking for the “best of the best.” Demonstrate your intelligence by referencing what you know about the organization throughout the interview and how you will contribute.

Pleasant:
You must maintain a positive attitude at all time, regardless of the circumstances. You never get a second chance to make a first impression! No one likes a negative Nancy. Remember: smile, laugh and be polite to everyone you meet.

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SMALL TALK

You will be evaluated during interviews and networking opportunities by your ability to maintain basic conversation. Here are a few questions you can ask to keep the conversation going:

General:
“Have you had a good week so far?”
“How has the weather been in your area?”
“Did you hear about ____ in the news?”

**Do not bring up religious, political or other inflammatory topics. Be prepared to share what you know if they haven’t heard of the news story.

Company:
“How did you get involved in XYZ company?”
“What do you like most about working at XYZ company?”

Interviewer Background:
“Are you from the _____ area originally?”
“Where did you go to school?”
“What do you like to do outside of work?”

Be sure to avoid asking anything too personal: marital status, family questions, political or religious views.

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MAINTENANCE

Here are a few ways you can maintain your network:

1. Check in with your network during the holidays and send a holiday greeting card, if appropriate.

2. Always follow up with your contacts and give them a report on your progress. Be sure to mention how you followed their advice.

3. Share content you know is relevant to your contact: industry news, a new product/service, etc.

Make sure you check in every 4-6 months and that you aren’t asking for something every conversation. Networking should be reciprocal and beneficial to both parties.

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Select your college/school from the list below to find your Career Consultant.

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Dr. Nicole Younker
Career Consultant for UGA Alumni
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Select your major/area of study from the list below to find your Career Consultant.

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Select your major/area of study from the list below to find your Career Consultant.

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Kelley Whisnant Saussy
Career Consultant for CAES
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Career Consultant for Ecology
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Whitney Prescott
Career Consultant for the
College of Education
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Kelley Whisnant Saussy
Career Consultant for the
College of Environment & Design
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Kelley Whisnant Saussy
Career Consultant for the
College of Engineering
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Brittany Kinard
Career Consultant for the
College of Family & Consumer Sciences
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Kelley Whisnant Saussy
Career Consultant for the
College of Forestry & Natural Resources
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Ryan Carty
Career Consultant for
Journalism & Mass Communication
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Michelle Carter
Career Consultant for the
College of Pharmacy
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Katelyn Kivett
Career Consultant for Pre-Health
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Kali DeWald
Career Consultant for Pre-Law
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Kelley Whisnant Saussy
Career Consultant for the
College of Public Health
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Brittany Kinard
Career Consultant for the
School of Social Work
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Kali DeWald
Career Consultant for the
School of Public & International Affairs
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Laura Garcia
Career Consultant for Computer Science
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Megan Flora
Career Consultant for Economics
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Bethany Bagley
Career Consultant for
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Career Consultant for Hard Sciences
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Kali DeWald
Career Consultant for Humanities
(Including Foreign Languages)
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Kelley Whisnant Saussy
Career Consultant for
Mathematics & Statistics
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Suzanne Voigt
Career Consultant for Social Sciences
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Bethany Bagley
Career Consultant for
Undeclared/Undecided Students
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Michelle Carter
Career Consultant for Accounting
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Megan Flora
Career Consultant for Finance
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Whitney Prescott
Career Consultant for HROD
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Laura Garcia
Career Consultant for
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Laura Garcia
Career Consultant for Management
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Andrew M. Crain
Career Consultant for Marketing
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Laura Garcia
Career Consultant for MIS
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Laura Garcia
Career Consultant for MIT
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Andrew M. Crain
Career Consultant for MMR
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Andrew M. Crain
Career Consultant for Real Estate
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Andrew M. Crain
Career Consultant for RMI
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UGA Career Center
Clark Howell Hall, 2nd floor
825 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, Ga 30602
To make an appointment to meet with a Career Consultant, please call the Career Center at (706) 542-3375.
The University of Georgia Career Center is the sole provider (except for MBA and Law students) of centralized career services to undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni at The University of Georgia. Career Center staff work collaboratively with faculty and staff of all departments to enhance the career success of University of Georgia students and alumni.

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The University of Georgia Career Center is the sole provider (except for MBA and Law students) of centralized career services to undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni at The University of Georgia. Career Center staff work collaboratively with faculty and staff of all departments to enhance the career success of University of Georgia students and alumni.