Sciences Career Fair: Info for Students
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Learn about Internships, Full-time Jobs and Graduate Programs This is an opportunity to visit with representatives from approximately 100 sciences industries, consulting firms, governmental agencies, non-profit agencies, and graduate and professional schools from Texas and across the nation. Recruiters can tell you about internship and full-time job opportunities or about their graduate or professional school programs.
Network A great opportunity to introduce yourself to representatives from companies and schools and begin building a networking relationship with important career contacts.
Improve Communication Skills You can practice the communication skills you will need during an interview by introducing yourself and asking about what you are seeking and describing your experiences.
Speak Up Career Fairs are noisy; so be sure to speak loud enough to be heard.
Keep Your Visit Short Be respectful of their time. If the booth is crowded, speak with them for only a few minutes.
Write Notes After your visit, write down information you learned in your conversation and follow up with a thank you note to the representative you spoke to.
Prepare Your Resume Highlight your education, relevant experience, work experience, leadership experience, and volunteer experience. List all jobs, even if the job is completely unrelated to the career you want. Show your transferable skills, such as communication, organization, team work, and technical skills. You can add an objective, especially if you are looking for an internship.
Research Look at the above List of Participating Employers & Graduate Schools coming to the Sciences Career Fair. Each has a website link. Search for companies that are seeking your major, degree level, and work authorization or if they have internships or full-time opportunities. Research graduate or professional schools that interest you. Decide which recruiters you want to visit with.
Write Down Questions You Want To Ask the Recruiters Nothing impresses a recruiter more than a well-prepared student who knows what their company does or is familiar with a graduate/professional program and has thoughtful questions to ask.
Prepare a Short 30-Second Introduction This introduction to them should include your major, graduation date, what you are interested in and why you want to talk to them. This makes a much better impression than "Hi. What does your company do?"
Enthusiasm Nothing is more appealing than a student who is excited (and well prepared).
Business Casual is appropriate if you plan to talk with numerous representatives and are seeking an internship or full-time job or if you are applying to graduate school. Your goal is to look professional. For men, wear ironed dockers and a polo shirt, or nice dress pants and a long sleeve shirt with collar, and polished shoes. A tie or jacket is optional, but you do not need to wear both. For women, nice dress pants and blouse or a dress and polished shoes.
Casual is appropriate if you are just stopping by between classes and want to pick up some information and see what the Career Fair is like.
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