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Crash Course in Career Fair Networking

Hundreds of employers trying to sort through thousands of students with everyone looking for the perfect pairing. How are you supposed to stand out as a top candidate? Below are ten tips to standing out at the career fair. Five focus on body language and are written by Mary-Kate Wintz, a Process Development Engineer at The Lubrizol Corporation, while the other five highlight the impact of preparation and follow-up.

Body Language

  1. Start with good posture. Use power posing before the fair begins to get your confidence set and to practice the posture that you want recruiters to see you using. During the fair, standing with your knees ever so slightly bent to reduce the risk of passing out will allow you to continue to…
  2. Breathe! Take a deep breath both prior to and within your conversation with a recruiter to not only calm your nerves, but naturally open your chest and … 
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Have You Seen ECS' New Resources?

Buckeye football kicked off this past weekend, so it’s officially fall at Ohio State! As you get acclimated to your new class schedule and life on campus, don’t forget to carve out time for the busy fall recruitment season! Here are a few (NEW) resources to review as you prepare for the internship/co-op or job search:

Check out the ECS 101 Video to learn how ECS can help you! Find out best practices that can increase your chances in securing interviews and offers.

Log in, complete your profile, and upload your resume to Handshake. Handshake is your go-to resource for all things career! If you haven’t logged in yet, what are you waiting for? Get a jumpstart on your search now by clicking HERE. By doing so, you will have access to:

  • 6,000+ postings
  • 125+ on-campus interview schedules
  • 160+ events (workshops, company information sessions, career fairs, meet and greets, etc … 
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Employer Perspective: FAQs and Mythbusting

Photo of Audrey Inniger holding an Instagram frame signAudrey Inniger, Senior Talent Management Consultant at Worldpay

Audrey Inniger is a Senior Talent Management Consultant at Worldpay (formerly Vantiv). Before college career fair season is set to kick off, we asked her for general advice and how to make the most out of interactions with employers.

What are the benefits to attending an information session or networking event?

Oftentimes information sessions or networking events aren’t as crowded as a career fair. Therefore, you are able to spend valuable time with a recruiter or company professional showcasing your unique skillset. From a recruiter perspective, I typically remember those students better who I meet at an information session or networking event due to the meaningful conversations held!

What are some tips for college students or recent graduates looking to stand out at a job fair?

Showcase what makes you, YOU. The best and most memorable conversations I have are those in which … 

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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 2)

We are joined by Nathan Derry, Professional Development Training Program staff at Bosch, for the second part to our career fair preparation blog series. Take notes as Nathan offers first hand advice for making connections and impressing recruiters during your interactions.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

A lot of what makes candidates stand out is not only their experience, but the ability to talk about it. I’ve seen resumes with lots of experience that looks great on paper, but what counts the most is the 1 on 1 exchange about that experience.

I may not be inspired to move them forward unless I’m confident that my coworkers would enjoy working side by side with the candidate after our brief exchange at a career fair. It is often times during this exchange that experience would go from being labeled “good” to “great”. Sometimes this boils … 

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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 1)

If you have yet to secure a summer position, then preparing for and attending the SWE Career Fair on January 30th is a “must” on your to-do list. I know, I know—career fairs can be overwhelming, but they are also an invaluable step in the job search process. Luckily, Keith Lunsford, who works within College Recruiting for Harris, is here to offer some advice for making the most of this upcoming fair.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

I find if candidates have researched the company and have a little idea of what we do and the type of positions we are looking for, it really helps. These candidates can go more into themselves and what they are looking to do in their careers right out of the gate! It is nice to have a candidate hand over a clean resume (1 page, nice white space, GPA … 

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