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Career Fair Preparation

Upcoming Career Fairs

Fall 2015 Career Fair

Other Career Fairs in NYC

Here are some other Career Fairs around New York City taking place in Spring 2015. We are not endorsing these fairs and recommend you research them before attending. The links to their websites are available under their information. We recommend attending the Big Apple Career Fair open to all CUNY students.

Click here for a list of Career Fairs around New York City

7 Career Fair Myths You Should Know!

Career Fair Myth 1: I do not need to be in professional attire.
Recruiters will be speaking with several students in a short, time span. Those who are prepared-wearing proper attire, carrying a professional resume, and networking with others- are seriously considered as potential candidates. Your appearance tells a recruiter that you are professional, ready to take on the opportunity and represent their company!

Career Fair Myth 2: I do not belong at a Career Fair because I do not know what I want to do.
Career Fairs are a great time to explore your interests; they are a chance for you to meet new people, talk with representatives from companies/organizations, and begin building your network. This is a great opportunity for you to explore careers to help you decide what you want to do in the future and to practice your interviewing and networking skills!

Career Fair Myth 3: The companies attending do not typically hire my major.
This is one of the largest misconceptions about career fairs. The thought that companies/organizations hire for specific majors or careers is not true. The skills you develop in all of your majors can be applicable to your future career. Skills such as critical thinking, analysis, writing, and communication skills can be developed in many different fields of study. Many companies will also train you on the specific duties that you will perform for their organization. They are coming to BMCC to meet you! They may be looking to fill a variety of different positions across multiple departments/offices. Please do not assume that they only hire specific majors! Research the company ahead of time and remember to review their company/organization web site as well as their LinkedIn Profile.

Career Fair Myth 4: I do not need an internship for my career.  
Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college graduates they hire. For instance, 95 percent of employers said candidate experience is something they consider in making hiring decisions according to an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Consider doing an internship to have an edge over other students who have not done one.

Career Fair  Myth 5: I am graduating in May. I have plenty of time to look for a job.
Not really! It can take between 4 to 6 months or more to find a full-time position and looking for a part-time position can also be challenging especially in today’s economy. Please do not wait! Start your job or internship search now and start connecting with employers. This is a valuable way to ask for informational interviews which may lead to meeting more people and could help you get a job offer.

Career Fair Myth 6: I do not have time to prepare and I do not even know what I would say to an employer!
Come to a Career Fair Preparation Workshop to help you prepare! Workshops will also be held during the evening to help you prepare.

Career Fair Myth 7: I am overwhelmed by so many companies and/or organizations that will be attending the Career Fair. Do I have to visit every employer table?
No, you do not need to visit each and every employer table. Create an action plan. Research the companies to find out if they are a fit for your career goals. Start out by reviewing the list of employers. Then, make a list of your top 10 employers. Have 15-20 resumes on hand and make a plan to visit your top choices first. As you pass by other employer tables, listen to the conversations taking place and see if there is something that may be interesting to you. Remember do not ask employers what their companies/organizations “do” and do not stand in long lines. Keep an eye on the busy employer tables and return when the line is shorter. Please note additional employers will be added to the list of employers as they continue to register to attend the Spring 2015 Career Fair.

How do I prepare for the career fair?

 

Career Fair Success
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BEFORE THE CAREER FAIR:
Research the companies prior to the Career Fair.
Research companies that you are interested in working for. You should be able to answer the following questions. Most of the information can be found on the company’s web site and social media accounts..

Prepare your elevator pitch.


The Elevator Pitch

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Prepare a 60 second pitch to introduce yourself to each employer.  Focus on your education, related previous experience, and skills that you have to offer an employer.  Tell them why you are interested in working for their company. Ask the employer a job-related question.

Sample questions to ask employers:

 Avoid asking what the company does and about salary.

Set aside professional attire to wear to the career fair.

What do I wear to the career fair?

What NOT to wear to the career fair:

What do I bring to the career fair?

Have enough resumes printed to give to the companies that you are interested in.

We recommend you have copies of your resume printed on bond paper. Bond paper can be found at most office supply stores.
Be prepared to complete an employment application! A sample employment application is available here.

Additional items we recommend you bring:

DAY OF THE CAREER FAIR:

AFTER THE CAREER FAIR:

Can I still attend the career fair if I am an international student?

International students interested in working on and off campus can receive more information at http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/admissions/applyinfo-international.jsp

Many qualified international students work with the CUNY 311 Project. CUNY 311 Representatives will be present at the career fair to answer any questions. Click here for more information

What if I am not looking for a job?

There is no reason you can’t go to a career fair if you are not looking for a job or an internship. Make the most out of the career fair by networking and gaining information for future employment opportunities.


Importance of Networking

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