Quick Tips on the CNS Career Fair
NISHANT KASHIKAR The Technology and Science Career Fair is an event where various science and technology related companies will be setting up booths and looking for potential recruits from the university. Over 100 large companies will be there, including Amazon, Google, JP Morgan, and other big names.
This a prime opportunity for students to secure internship or job positions with Fortune 500 companies while still being in school. The event is naturally quite intimidating for many students, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed given the grand scale of the event.
Therefore, we recommend following our five step guide to the Technology and Science Career Fair to have the best possible experience.
1. Come prepared
The career fair will be a significantly more productive experience if you come prepared with an idea of what you’re looking for. Be sure to go through and read which companies will be attending the event and decide which companies you might want to visit. There will be many companies there, and coming with knowledge beforehand can keep you from being overwhelmed and missing potential opportunities.
2. Dress professionally
Make sure to come in professional business attire to the event. Coming in the right clothes shows employers that you’re serious about working with them, and making a strong first impression is crucial to getting a position in their company.
You can find more information as to what Business Professional attire looks like here: Professional Business Attire
3. Make sure your resume is up to date
If an employer seems to be interested in you, they’ll want to see your resume first before deciding to offer you a chance at a position in their company. Therefore, having your resume up to date and recent is always a good move. If you’re a freshman you may not think you have a shot at getting with any companies, but you should still bring your resume regardless just in case an opportunity presents itself.
You can find more information about resume writing tips here: CNS Resume Advice
4. Take notes during your conversations
Recording down the important parts of your conversations with the recruiters is paramount for long term success at the career fair. Make sure to ask them what kind of skillsets and experiences they’re looking for, and take note of those so you’ll know what to work towards for the following career fair. Other details you should find out are the hiring process as well as what available opportunities there are in the company for your respective major.
5. Be honest
This is the most important part. If an employer asks you about your work experience or GPA, make sure to tell them truthfully. Lying in this situation won’t benefit you at all, because the companies will find out the truth one way or another before they hire you. In reality, being honest upfront is more beneficial for you since you’ll get a good picture of where your resume is lacking and be able to tailor it specifically for what any given company is looking for.