The Spring Career Fair is this Wednesday, January 28 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. This event is a great opportunity for you to meet employers and take the next step toward your career goal.

We want you to make a great impression when you visit the Career Fair. To help you prepare, the UGA Career Center is hosting a Career Fair Prep Workshop tonight from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Miller Learning Center room 101. Can’t make it to the workshop? Here are some steps you can take to make sure you are well prepared and will stand out at the Career Fair:

1. Revise and Update Your Resume

Your resume is your chance to show the employer why you would be a great candidate for them to hire based on your unique experiences. You want your resume to be professional, so make sure to revise and update your resume before going to the Career Fair. The final day of Resume Critique Days is tomorrow – if you would like someone to look over your resume, be sure to stop by Tate Grand Hall between 10:00am and 3:00pm to meet with a Career Consultant who can look over your resume and give you advice for the Fair.

2. Look Sharp

At the UGA Fall Career Fair, only 53% of employers thought students were dressed appropriately. Make sure to dress professionally – wear a dark suit, comfortable professional shoes, and carry a simple portfolio with copies of your resume, a pen, and any other pertinent information. Stay conservative with accessories, cologne, perfume, and makeup – you don’t want your clothing to be a distraction.

3. Research the Employers You Plan to Visit

It is important to gather some background information before attending the Career Fair. Make sure you are familiar with the companies you plan to visit – know what they do, and review the descriptions of jobs you plan to apply for. Only 26% of employers at the Fall Career Fair thought students effectively demonstrated their knowledge and interest in the companies, so this is a great chance for you to stand out.

4. Plan and Practice Your Approach

Prepare a brief pitch that introduces yourself, states your major and interest in the organization, and communicates your experience related to the positions you are interested in. Be confident and network independently – you can meet up with friends after the Fair. Be patient, and be prepared with what you are going to say and questions you are going to ask.

5. Close the Deal

Don’t drag out your interactions with employers – sell yourself, ask questions, collect business cards, and move on. After you have finished networking with one employer, take some time to compose yourself before moving on to the next one. After you leave the Fair, be sure to write a reminder to send follow-up thank you emails or letters within the next two days.

Following these steps will make sure you are well prepared for the Career Fair. These preparations will make you more confident and relaxed, and you will be able to do your best during the Fair. We wish you the best of luck at the Spring Career Fair!

– The CDI’s