Tips for Career Fair Preparation

As the Spring Job & Internship Fair fast approaches, there are a lot of elements that come together to make a great impression at these type of events! Here, Alicia Mucci, Campus Development Manager at KPMG, shares a few of her favorites to help you really stand out (in a good way!).

1.    Review Your Resume!

  • Be concise and do not exceed one page
  • Keep it neat, attractive, organized, and easy to read
  • Ensure formatting is consistent throughout the resume and use spell check
  • State your best qualities through your work experience and on campus activities
  • Be honest
  • Use action verbs to describe your duties and responsibilities (e.g., developed, managed, created, etc.)
  • Quantify experiences to show levels of responsibility (e.g., number of people supervised)
  • Be professional and appropriate
  • Avoid “buzzwords” and abbreviations

2.    Dress Professionally!

  • Aim for a neat, clean look
  • A suit is a must for career fairs
  • Remove visible body piercings and cover tattoos
  • Pay attention to the fit of your clothes—make sure they aren’t too tight
  • Keep perfume/cologne to a minimum
  • Always think about what message you want to send. If you have to stop and wonder, “Can I get away   with this?” it’s probably not a good idea.

3.    Be Confident!

  • Enunciate when you introduce yourself
  • Be ready with your two to three sentence “elevator pitch”
  • Don’t be afraid to join a conversation politely. Avoid lurking behind professionals
  • Smile! You’re great!

Remember to register for the Spring Job & Internship Fair on Career Net.  It takes place Thursday, January 30th from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Kimmel Center, Floors 4, 9, and 10. For more information and updates, follow #NYUCF14!

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