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2022 Career Fair Advice

Maureen Pham, C'24
Career Center Intern

Wednesday, March 30 marks the first in-person Career Fair since Spring 2020. This event will be held in Patriot Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. The Career Fair is an opportunity to meet approximately 35 employers, including prestigious groups such as Kearney & Company, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Northwest Mutual, and the Supreme Court of the United States Police. All Mount students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend the 2022 Career Fair to seek jobs or internships. Register through Handshake today!

How to Prepare: Your resume and professional attire are your entry pass to the Career Fair. Update and polish your resume using our extensive Resource Library as a guide. This is an excellent resource if you prefer to edit your resume on your own time. For one-on-one feedback from the Career Center’s professional staff, schedule an appointment through Handshake. Students can also email their resume for review until noon on March 28. If preferred, drop by the Career Center on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or virtually on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to assure your resume is the strongest it can be.

The Career Center also recommends creating and practicing a “pilot speech” or “elevator pitch.” This is a brief self-introduction to both market yourself and begin a conversation. Sit with a pen and paper, watch this video as a step-by-step guide, and build yours today. Preparing your elevator pitch beforehand allows you to better control your first impression.

It’s important to choose a professional outfit that you feel confident in. If you missed the recent Sidewalk Pop-Up Shops held by The Mount Suits You, it is not too late to update your professional wardrobe for free. You can shop the Career Closet for free by signing up for an appointment. Additional preparation materials for the Career Fair are available in the Career Center’s Resource Library.

The Day of the Career Fair: Now that you have registered through Handshake, printed several copies of your resume on resume paper, selected your professional outfit, and practiced your elevator pitch, you are ready for the big day. It may be tempting to head straight to your ideal employer to “get it over with.” Instead, go to other employers first to warm up and gain confidence. Be attentive and respectful during these interactions. Your attitude, beyond your resume or outfit, speaks multitudes about your professional self. Preparation and professionalism can help you gain the most from the Career Fair.

After the Event: To stand out as a candidate and make a lasting impression, send an email to the employers you met after the Career Fair. Thank you emails demonstrate you are accountable and invested in developing a professional relationship. Likewise, follow through on LinkedIn or Handshake. These platforms keep you in contact with employers and promote networking.

The Career Center wishes you success at the Career Fair. If you need assistance with any part of this process or have specific questions, schedule an appointment today!

Maureen Pham, C'24
Career Center Intern