Use the Career Fair + app to streamline your EXPO experience!
September 18, 2014
Today's ECS Job Blog is written by Career Fair + app Co-Founder, Hussain Frosh.
Career fairs can be a very intimidating event for the uninitiated; thousands of students trying to impress hundreds of employers in order to secure a coveted follow-up interview, all within five intense hours. Nonetheless, for recruiters, career fairs are one of the best ways to meet and select future internship, co-op, and full-time candidates, which means they are an essential part of your on-campus recruiting process.
To succeed in such a pressure filled environment, you need to be confident and knowledgeable, which takes preparation. Setting aside time for this can be difficult, especially when you have a full class load. Enter OSU Career Fair +, a mobile application introduced by ECS to help simplify the process of preparing for a career fair. The app is available for iOS and Android devices and can be found by searching for OSU Career Fair Plus in either app store.
When first opening the app, you're presented with a list of fairs on campus. Select the "Engineering Career Expo" to be taken to the fair dashboard. Your first stop should be the list of companies attending the fair. By using the filters feature (at the top right of the company list), you can easily narrow down the companies that match your major, degree level, and desired position type(s). This is the single most time saving feature of the app. You can also use the search feature to find a company directly by name.
Once you have a manageable list of companies, click on each company to read about it in detail. Should you be interested in the company, use the star icon to mark it as a favorite. This will add it to the favorites list, which are the companies you plan to visit at the fair. You can also click on the website to do additional research on your most desired companies and use the notes feature (click on notes within the company details view and start typing) to keep track of a few important questions you would like to bring up with the recruiter.
Once you complete your core research, browse the events section to find workshops to help you prepare for the fair. You can add them to your calendar from within the app to get a reminder. You can also help increase your chances for success by browsing the Career Fair 101 section, which includes tips on how to prepare for the fair.
On the day of the fair, make sure to get there early, bring plenty of resumes, and the OSU Career Fair + of course. Use the map view to pan and zoom your way through the career fair rooms at the Union. All the companies marked as favorites will be displayed on the floor plan. Should you pass a company you haven’t researched, a quick click on the booth will bring up the company name at the top. You can then click on that to see additional details. To keep track of the companies you’ve visited, click on a favorite, and then click once again on the star to put a checkmark on it. Should there be something you need to follow up on, make a note for that company using the note feature.
Tools such as the OSU Career Fair Plus app are a great way to streamline the process of preparing for a career fair and reduce stress. Now you have access to key information anywhere, anytime, and you can focus on what’s really important: finding that perfect job.
"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."