Prepare for Career Conference
The 49th Annual UW-Eau Claire Career Conference will be held Thursday, October 12, 2006, from 10:00 am–3:00 pm in the UW-Eau Claire Zorn Arena. More than 125 organizations, including businesses, graduate schools, and state and federal agencies participate in the conference each year.
The Career Conference is great place for freshmen and sophomore business students to practice networking skills, learn about career options, and discover which companies recruit on campus. Junior and senior students use the fair to make preliminary contacts with employers for internships or permanent employment after graduation. These contacts can be followed up with more formal interviews either on or off campus.
Career Conference is co-sponsored by Beta Upsilon Sigma, a student business organization, and UW-Eau Claire Career Services.
» Check out the Career Conference website
Join recruiters and students at the Pre-Conference Reception.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
6:30 - 9:00 pm
2703 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI
This event is a nice time to meet recruiters, many of whom are UW-Eau Claire alumni.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be a cash bar.
The Pre-Conference Reception is free to the public. All majors are welcomed. The reception is sponsored by the Student Accounting Society.
Tips for a Successful Career Conference
Before Career Conference
Identify Your Career Objectives. Think about what you want to do, where you want to live, and what type of organization you want to work for.
» View the list of organizations registered for Career Conference
Develop a list of employers you are interested in. Don't just concentrate on the "big names." There are often great opportunities with companies you aren't familiar with. Check out the company's website to find information such as company history, mission, product lines, news, and career opportunities.
Update your resume. It should look professional-easy to read format and free of typos. Make sure it highlights your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Think about how you are going to present yourself to the employer. Develop a 30 second sales pitch that includes basic information about yourself and your career objectives. Develop a list of questions you will ask recruiters.
» See Questions You Might Ask Career Fair Representatives
Decide what you'll wear. Dress as professionally as possible -- A suit if you have it, or dress slacks/pant or neat skirt. See sidebar.
Plan to go early. Some employers may need to leave early. If you come at the end of the day, you may miss the organization you wanted to contact.
At Career Conference
Don't cruise the booths with your friends. Interact with the recruiters on your own. Make your own positive impression!
First impresssions are important. Approach an employer, smile, and offer your hand when you introduce yourself. Hand the recruiter your resume and be prepared to expand on it quickly.
Gather information about the company. Ask questions to help you learn how your skills and interests match their needs.
Get a business card. You will want to send this individual a thank you note and/or email.
Follow-up your conversation. Find out if the company is interviewing on campus and ask to get on the interview schedule. If they aren't, ask for a contact name and get information as to how to best approach this person.
Take Notes. Find a quiet spot to jot a few notes on the company and the individuals you have met.
After Career Conference
Sources: UW-Eau Claire Career Services website; "Sell Yourself at the Career Fair" by Sara "Sally" Kearsley for JobWeb.com