Typically I attend a job fair in a tizzy to find a summer internship. With a summer position already locked down, I was able to navigate the job fair in a calmer manner and get a unique perspective. At UMD’s E-Fest Job & Internship Fair, I asked recruiters from various engineering and tech companies for advice for students attending job fairs. They shared wisdom about communicating with recruiters and how to polish your resume.
Recruiter Communication Tips from Employers
Maintain good posture. Body language makes a difference.
Know why you are interested in the company. Do your research. Avoid canned compliments such as, “I’ve heard good things about you.”
Approach the employers like you are having a conversation rather than giving a speech.
Let your interests and personality shine. We look for the whole person.
Talk with companies even if you are not sure if they have any openings for your major. You may be surprised about what they need and what you can offer them.
Prepare an elevator speech. Give your name, major, what position you are looking for, and why you are interested in the organization.
Resume Tips from Employers
Layout your resume in an organized chronological manner. Make your major clear on your resume.
Present your resume confidently when you introduce yourself. Don’t hide it!
Share your experiences effectively without being too wordy.
Show what clubs you got involved in on your resume. It helps to demonstrate that you have initiative and hands-on experience.
Of Possible Interest:
- Advice From Recruiters
- Resume & Career Fair Advice From Recruiters
- What Employers Want You to Know at the Job Fair
- Job Fairs – all our blog posts on the topic
- Mastering the Career Fair – our Pinterest board
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Photo Source: UMD Career & Internship Services