Career Fashion: Forward

Fashionable Interviewing Outfit

“If you’re not dressed well, you can say all the right things … but you won’t get the job when you’re being compared with a lot of other capable people who are dressed better.”

-Kim Zoller, founder and president of Image Dynamics

Let’s be blunt: your appearance matters; especially in a professional environment. Research shows that your appearance strongly influences other people’s perceptions of your financial success, authority, trustworthiness, intelligence, and suitability for hire or promotion.
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You just went to the Career Fair. Now what?

Randi Blender, Enterprise Holdings

Tips from a recruiter.

So you attended yesterday’s Career Fair. You may be wondering what to with the interest you now have in some of the companies you spoke with.

First, sort through the material you collected. Did you get any business cards? Follow up and write a thank you note to the people you spoke with (look for their email address on the business card). Look at the companies on their website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor to learn more and decide if you really want to apply and interview. (You can also follow them on social media.) Find out if any classmates or alumni work there, and if so, try to connect with them. Continue reading

How to Impress at the Career Fair

Maurice and a colleague from Sherwin Williams

The Fall Career Fair is next week! Career Fairs offer you an easy opportunity to get information about career fields, to network with alumni & employers, and maybe even find a job or internship. Check out the Career Center website for videos and tips for success. You’ll also find helpful information Career Fair Prep Day on October 27 at the Hub.

Another source of support is from employers, so we asked Maurice Howard for some insight. Continue reading

The Job Fair is for Everyone!

Spring 2015 Job Fair poster Image

Why should Senior and Graduate students attend?
Make connections to employers so you are on their radar for next spring or next year.
Many employers will keep your resume & remember you when there are openings later.
Some deadlines are soon, and it helps to know/prepare for what will be offered in the future.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Why should Junior students attend?
Make connections to employers so you are on their radar for next spring or next year.
Some deadlines are soon, and it helps to know/prepare for what will be offered in the future.
Find opportunities that will build your resume with career-relevant experiences.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Why should Sophomore students attend?
Learn about companies and organizations who are doing work that matters to you.
Find opportunities that will build your resume with career-relevant experiences.
Watch and learn from upper-class students.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Why should First Year students attend?
Think about the connections between what you are studying & the work you may do in the future
Practice talking to employers when the stakes are low.
Watch and learn from upper-class students.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Get Ready Today: Find more information on our event page: https://go.uvm.edu/jobfair

On Job Fair Day: Wear a nice/professional outfit. If you have an updated resume, bring it.

After the Fair: Update your 4 Year Plan for Career Success because you just took another huge step: https://go.uvm.edu/4yearplan

See you there!

– Jill

The Party’s Not Over Yet! Here’s How to Stand Out AFTER the Job Fair.

Staff of City Year Corps Members

Vilma Rodrigues-Silva is the Recruitment Manager of the Northeast Region for City Year New Hampshire. She goes to lots of job fairs, so we asked her about the best ways for candidates to stand out after the event.

Is there an appropriate way to follow up with an employer after a Job Fair, even if I didn’t get a chance to meet you there?

YES! Following up with an email is fine if you missed us at a fair or could not make it. You do not need to be shy about letting a recruiter know that you are interested in a program (that is what we are here for!), and there is no need to explain in detail about why you didn’t make it to the fair. Following up with an email shows us that you are taking the initiative to learn more about our program, and that is a good thing.

What do you think about thank you notes after a Job Fair?

Personalized, hand-written notes are amazing! However, if I received these from even half of all of the students I met at job fairs, I would have hundreds of them coming in and I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I believe handwritten notes should be left to more personal interactions or after an interview. All other instances of meeting at fairs or presentations could be followed up with an email note, thanking the recruiter for their time and for coming to campus. What makes a good note is simply saying thank you and mentioning something specific that you learned or that the recruiter said that stuck with you.

Is it possible to follow up too much?

Yes, there is a “too much policy.”  It’s important to show recruiters that you are interested in their program, but keep in mind that there is an abundance of information on the websites and brochures. You don’t want to ask a recruiter something that could simply be found on the homepage of a website. However, if you need clarification on something you’ve read, want more information on something you found, or want a personal account of the recruiter’s experience, then feel free to call and email.

What else should candidates know?

I – and many recruiters – love talking to students at fairs! If you already know a little about a program and plan on visiting the fair, you should come prepared to ask questions to gain more knowledge. If you randomly end up at a table because it caught your attention, politely introduce yourself and ask to learn more! Don’t be afraid to inquire for more information, and to tell the recruiter a little about yourself. Show confidence!