The STARR Career Development Center will be hosting two career fairs during the fall semester. The CPA Fair, open to both Baruch College undergraduate and graduate students, will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 in conjunction with the Graduate Career Management Center. The Fall 2014 Career Day, open only to Baruch College undergraduate students, will be held on September 19, 2014. Both events will be hosted in the NVC Gymnasium from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
To maximize your opportunities at the career fairs, here are 5 things you should do before the fairs:
1. Have your resume reviewed by the STARR Career Development Center (SCDC):
Your resume will be the differentiating factor between you and other candidates. You should ensure that your resume uses demonstrative explanations that accurately capture your experiences and abilities. The SCDC will be hosting a Resume Rush Event on Tuesday, September 16th from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. to help students prepare their resumes for the Fall 2014 Career Day. If you plan to attend the CPA Fair which is scheduled before Resume Rush, or you’re unable to attend Resume Rush, please make an appointment on STARR Search at www.baruch.cuny.edu/careers or visit the SCDC for a 15 minute walk-in review session. Walk-ins are Tuesdays – Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., make sure you arrive by 4:30 p.m. You can also feel free to attend one of the SCDC’s Writing Winning Resumes workshops before the fairs.
2. Attend an SCDC Workshop:
“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most popular questions asked during interviews and networking events. You should have a personal pitch ready to introduce yourself and your background. The personal pitch should explain who you are, what you have done and what you can do. The SCDC has a Personal Pitch workshop that can help you to prepare your pitch. There is also a Networking 101 workshop that will help you with your interpersonal and communication skills. Lastly, you can attend the ‘How to Impress a Recruiter’ workshop on September 18th. This workshop is facilitated by Target representatives and will be held during club hours.
3. Create a Plan:
Let’s be honest, career fairs can be overwhelming. Therefore, to avoid frustration, one of the best approaches is to create a strategy before you attend. One approach is to categorize companies in order of importance (ABC). The companies you really want to work with should be in category A and so on. Target the A companies first, then B and if you have time C. This will help you to maximize time while reaching the companies you really want to work for.
4. Research Companies:
A list of companies attending the fair is available on STARR Search under the ‘Events’ tab. Students should research the companies to determine their best fit and to gain background knowledge. Researching companies will help you to create informed questions to ask recruiters. Asking informed questions is definitely a sure way to make lasting impressions on employers. Be sure to have specific questions for companies and avoid asking questions you can find on the company’s website.
5. Ensure you have Business Attire:
Business attire is required for attending the fairs. For men, it can include business suits, dress shirts and ties. For women, skirt suits or tailored pantsuits are appropriate. Remember, a part of representing your best self is how you look, so dress for the job that you want. For those who do not have business attire, the SCDC can provide a suit (male or female).
SCDC Correspondent: Meeckel Beecher, Marketing Communications Specialist
Meeckel is a Corporate Communication graduate student at Baruch College. His professional interest is in Reputation Management, Strategic Communication and Visual Communication. Meeckel is an avid reader, writer and lifelong learner. When not working, you will find him walking and happily getting lost on the streets of New York.