Career Fair Myths

Career Fair Myths Debunked

Myth#1: Career Fairs are just for business and tech students.

There are over 50 companies that are interested in hiring students outside of the above majors including 1. AT&T 2. Microsoft Corporation 3. News America Marketing 4. TJX Companies, Inc. 5. U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Myth #2: Career Fairs are just for seniors.

As of today, there are over 450 companies attending the Career Fair that are interested in hiring co-ops & interns. Here’s a sample: 1. Alcatel-Lucent 2. Boston Scientific Corporation 3. IBM 4. Liberty Mutual 5. Partners HealthCare

Myth #3: I’m graduating in May. 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 get 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. If a recruiter is unable to accept your resume, give them your business card (yes, have custom business cards printed with your contact information)!

Myth #5: Who goes to Career Fairs anymore?

In a recent national survey taken by Universum, students ranked attending a Career Fair in their top 3 ways of having face time with employers.

Myth #6: I don’t have time to prepare and don’t even know what I would say to an employer!

Let Career Development help you!
Attend the Career Fair Success Tips workshops to hear from employers what you can do to make the most of the event. Visit Career Development (Stearns Center, first floor) during drop-in hours (Monday-Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm) to have your resume critiqued.

Career Fair Myths for Freshmen and Sophomores

Myth #1:“Career Fairs are just for seniors.”

The Real Truth: There are numerous companies attending the Career Fair that are interested in hiring co-ops & interns. Employers want the opportunity to speak with all types of students.

Myth #2: “The employer couldn’t take my resume. What a waste of time!”

The Real Truth: Federal regulations may prevent some employers from accepting students’ resumes at Career Fairs. If a recruiter is unable to accept your resume, give them your business card! Also, this is still a great opportunity to speak with employers about career paths and your career goals.

Myth #3:“I’m too young to be at a Career Fair, I don’t even know what I would say to an employer!”

The Real Truth: Participating in a Career Fair as a first or second year student is a great way to learn about companies you may want to work for in the near future. Also, learning how to speak professionally with employers is a valuable, life-long skill. If you research companies in advance, you can prepare what you’ll say.

Sample Conversation

Student: Hello, my name is Jennifer Santos. I’m a freshman studying Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. I was really excited to get the chance to speak with you here at “Company X” because I know you have a great reputation for collaborating with emerging telecommunications companies in South American countries. Given my ability to speak Spanish fluently and my love for that part of the world, the type of work your company does is really intriguing to me.

Company X: Well, we’re very happy you stopped by to speak with us Jennifer. What were some of the things you wanted to know?

Student: Well, I was wondering what types of skills and abilities your company looks for in potential employees? I was also hoping you might know of any internship or co-op opportunities within your company as it would be an amazing experience to be a part of your team.

Company X: I’d be happy to answer those questions for you, Jennifer …