Parents: Tips for Career Expo Success

August 25, 2014

DelGizzoBy Kimberly DelGizzo, Director, BU Center for Career Development

Every October, we fill BU’s George Sherman Union with more than 100 employers from various industries looking to recruit BU students of all majors for internship and full-time positions.

Open to all students and alumni, the Fall Career Expo is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with recruiters, explore possible career options, or simply see what a typical career fair is like. No matter where your student is in their career development, attending a career expo can be a helpful resource to get to the next step.

As with most career-related efforts, preparation is key.

Research the attending employers. The list of employers is available to students at least two weeks before the event in BU CareerLink, and includes information on the employers and their open positions. Using this, students can create a targeted list of employers and will be prepared to have an informed conversation with the recruiter.

Keep an open mind about employers and positions. Employers don’t only recruit for industry-specific roles and usually aren’t looking for only one type of major. For example, a financial planning company might be recruiting for positions in human resources, marketing, or operations. Your student should keep an open mind about their areas of interest and how these might fall into many different industries.

Prepare an elevator pitch. This 30-second summary is a perfect way for students to start a conversation with a recruiter. It’s important not to sound too rehearsed, but practice is strongly recommended. At the expo, students can stop by our elevator pitch table for some final tips.

Update their resume and plan to bring copies. While not all recruiters are able to take resumes, there are many that do especially if they are impressed and want to be able to invite a student to an interview.

Dress professionally. Students should dress as professionally as possible so that they make a positive impression with the recruiters. Suits are best of course, but not required. Dresses, skirts, and blouses, or slacks and button-down shirts are also acceptable.

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And if you’re planning on coming to Parent’s Weekend this year, we hope to see you at our program on Saturday, October 18.