Myth#1: Aren’t hiring events like NU Talent Connect and Career Fairs only for business and STEM students?
No – Companies across many industries hire students who do not have business or STEM degrees. Prior to attending any hiring events, review the list of registered companies, and the positions they are recruiting for.
Myth #2: NU Talent Connect is the same as a Career/Job Fair.
No – Talent Connect differs from a career/job fair in that it enables employers to host an open student/job-candidate forum. Talent Connect is not designed as a traditional career fair, but rather as a group interaction to facilitate effective recruitment. The Talent Connect sessions allow for learning more about each other – the employers’ businesses and career opportunities and the students’ interest and qualifications. Following these sessions, employers identify and interview appropriate students towards the goal of meeting their recruitment needs.
Myth #3: I’ve got plenty of time to look for a job.
Not necessarily! Students are finding that looking for a full-time job takes up to 4 to 6 months. So why are you waiting? Start your job search now and start connecting with employers. This is a valuable way to ask for informational interviews which may lead to meeting more people and could help you to receive a job offer.
Myth #4: The recruiter couldn’t take my resume. What a waste of time!
Federal regulations may prevent some employers from accepting students’ resumes at Career Fairs at in-person Career Fairs. If a recruiter is unable to accept your resume, give them your business card (yes, it is recommended to have custom business cards printed with your contact information)! Also, this is still a great opportunity to speak with employers about your career path and goals.
Myth #5: Who attends Career Fairs like NU Talent Connect and Career Fairs these days?
These hiring events are meant for everyone! Whether it is your first year, last or somewhere in between, employers are interested in meeting you.
Myth #6: I don’t have time to prepare and don’t even know what I would say to an employer!
Let Employer Engagement and Career Design help you!
Attend the NU Talent Connect Success Tips plus other preparation workshops for events like Career Fairs to hear from career professionals about what you can do to make the most of the event. Visit the Career Studio to have your resume critiqued and develop your professional introduction.