This week, AMA hosted the Marketing Careers Night alongside The Seidman Marketing Department. A variety of companies attended and participated in round-table discussions about their company and the types of positions for which they typically recruit. Since this was also a networking event, most students hoped to make connections with employees at companies that could potentially be a future employer. Starting conversations with working professionals isn't always easy, especially as a student, but a little preparation can go a long way. With the GVSU Career Fair right around the corner, here's a few tips for preparing for your next networking event:
1. Do Your Research
Be sure to check which companies will be attending beforehand so you can prepare a game plan of who you would like to speak with. It is important to know something about each of the companies beforehand because the more informed you are, the more likely you will be positively remembered by a recruiter. You should also think about preparing a quick, two minute elevator pitch that includes general background information, times in which you have demonstrated leadership, and what you could bring to an organization in case you are asked some form of the question, "Tell me about yourself."
2. Dress For Success
First impressions are key, especially when it comes to the hiring process. Be sure to wear proper business attire and consider bringing a portfolio to hold your resumes inside of. You want to show recruiters that you are making an effort and it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed!
3. Keep In Touch
Whether you are currently seeking an internship or full-time position or not, be sure to wrap up your conversation with a recruiter by asking them what the best way to keep in touch is. This could be as simple as asking for a business card or politely offering a copy of your resume. Be sure to thank them for their time and if you are particularly interested in a company or position, even follow up with an email letting them know you enjoyed getting the chance to meet them and would like to stay in touch.
This years career fair will host over 230 regional and national employers with thousands of jobs, internships, clinical, and co-op opportunities, so you won't want to miss it! Join us at next weeks meeting on Tuesday, October 10th, where two speakers from Steelcase will be joining us to share more insight on how to prep for this years Career Fair.