- Be punctual.
Try to get there as early as possible! You don’t want to be rushing from employer to employer.
- Dress for success.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure that you have a business outfit picked out and ready to go (i.e. pressed, lint-rolled, etc.) at least the night before. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, as well!
- Make a solid first impression.
Remember your manners! A smile, a firm handshake, and a strong, confident voice go a long way in getting new people to warm up to you.
- Perfect your elevator pitch.
Hone the short speech you give to potential employers so that you can cover all the basics–career interests, academics, and extracurricular involvement–in just about a minute.
- Do your homework!
Take some time to research not only the employers themselves, but also the map/directory for the fair so that you can use your time most efficiently.
- Take good notes.
Have a small notebook handy so that you can quickly record people’s contact information or anything else that you’ll need to remember later.
You may not have time to visit every single employer on your list, so when you’re doing your research, rank them from those that you’re most to least interested in.
- Bring your resume (of course).
Double-check that you have multiple copies of your resume, and try to keep them in a sturdy folder so that they’re readily accessible and won’t get damaged or lost in the chaos.
- Make a lasting impression.
Do your best to get people’s information (it helps to search for name tags and repeat recruiters’ names multiple times in conversation) and/or business cards. Try to follow up with them and promptly send a thank you card. A handwritten note will help you stand out in a sea of emails.
- Don’t assume that you’re too young or inexperienced for a career fair.
These events aren’t exclusively for upperclassmen! You can always start networking, and the experience of navigating a career fair will certainly help you in future situations.
- Don’t leave your resume and walk away.
The point of a career fair is to network and get better one-on-one interaction with someone from that company. Stay, chat, and make a positive impression before giving the recruiter your resume.
- Don’t rule out companies simply because the positions they’re hiring for don’t perfectly match your own experience and skills.
Although you should prioritize companies whose posted positions match you best, it’s also helpful to network with the recruiter and potentially find a connection with the hiring manager for the career path that you do want to pursue.
- Don’t be intimidated.
Career fairs can be nerve-wracking, but remember that recruiters are there to meet potential candidates like you. They want to talk to you!
- Don’t be rude!
Try to avoid bad manners like chewing gum or fidgeting. And remember that it’s always polite to maintain eye contact when someone is speaking to you.
- Don’t use slang or filler words.
Before the career fair, practice your professional conversation skills. Recruit a friend to run you through some simulated conversations and have them give you a sign (a raised hand, a buzzer, etc.) when you say “like,” “um,” or other words/phrases that should be reserved for casual settings. This way, you can train yourself to filter out such language.
- Don’t be that person.
It’s important to build relationships with recruiters, but don’t interrupt another job-seeker or take all of the recruiter’s time.
- Don’t be negative.
Avoid negative words about your school or your previous positions–if you speak negatively about your past and present, why would the recruiter want their company to be part of your future?
USC Annenberg Career Connection Internship and Job Fair
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom (LL)
This event is open EXCLUSIVELY for Annenberg students and alumni.
Professional dress is required and all attendees should bring copies of their resumes to distribute to the recruiters.
There is no cost to attend and an RSVP is not necessary.
This event gives you direct access to company recruiters to learn more about available internships and/or jobs within their companies.
Current company RSVP list:
AEG - STAPLES Center / Microsoft Theater / L.A. LIVE
Allied Integrated Marketing
American Public Media Group (Marketplace, KPCC, Minnesota Public Radio)
American Red Cross
Bob Gold & Associates
City News Service Inc.
Cobian Marketing Group
Davis Elen Advertising
Horizon Media, Inc.
iHeartMedia Los Angeles
JCUTLER media group
Lieberman Research Worldwide
Meghan Meredith Designs
Murphy O'Brien PR
NBC Southern California
Omnicom Media Group
Penske Media Corp.
Saatchi & Saatchi
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Universal Music Group
Warner Music Group
And more companies to be added