Milly our Employer Liaison Student Intern shares her top tips on preparing for the Summer Careers Fair…
Our final Careers Fair of the year is being held in City Hall on 7th June from 11:30am. One of the best ways to appeal to potential employers is to arrive at the fair suitably prepared! To help you prepare we have highlighted our Top 5 Tips to help you get started.
1. Do your research
Knowing which employers are going to be attending the fair is really important if you want to get the most out of your time there.
An up-to-date list is always available on the Cardiff Intranet and checking this before you arrive is a good way to start your preparations.
Once you know who is attending you can be more specific about the employers you talk to. They will appreciate that you have spent time researching their company and you’ll be able to ask them questions about the opportunities they have on offer.
2. Attend a ‘Prepare for the Summer Careers Fair’ workshop
Careers & Employability has been running workshops to help guide preparations for the fair. If you haven’t been to a careers fair before, or if you think you lack confidence in approaching exhibitors, this is an excellent session to attend before the 7th.
The next session is on Monday 6th June from 12pm. Click here to find out more information or to book yourself a place.
3. Update and bring your CV
A CV is a great way to showcase all the experience you have gained before and during University. Make sure that you always keep it up-to-date. Our Careers Service runs CV workshops throughout the year to help you with improvements.
During the fair there will also be the opportunity to have your CV looked at by Careers Staff, so make sure you bring a copy along if you fancy some help.
It is also worth bringing along a few extra copies for employers as they may accept CV’s on the day for some of their job opportunities.
4. Update your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is used by loads of employers to find out more about what experience you have. Along with your CV, your LinkedIn Profile should be kept relevant.
This year, you will have the opportunity to have one-to-one chats with Careers Staff about your LinkedIn Profile. To get the best out of this it is recommended that all your information is up-to-date. There will also be an opportunity for you to take a profile picture for your LinkedIn account. This is the first thing that employers will see on your profile so having a good quality, professional photo is really important.
5. Be ready to network
Talking to employers at fairs is all about being confident and having good networking skills. The employers are there to speak to you as much as you are there to speak to them, so make sure you sell yourself to them. One way to make sure you remain confident and collected is to prepare an opening line – it is always easier to have a conversation with someone if you know how to start! Another great way to network is to have questions ready for the employers. Use the information you find when researching companies to guide your enquiries.
Hopefully, with the help of these 5 tips, you are now in a better position to attend the Summer Careers Fair. Don’t be apprehensive, employers are there so that you can ask questions and find out more about job opportunities. Make sure you pick up any leaflets they have brought with them – they can be really useful when you eventually apply!
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Milly, Student Intern, Careers & Employability Team
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