Career Day

Career Day: Ivy Tech's Annual Job Fair

Evansville, Indiana

Thursday, March 20, 2014

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

11 TIPS FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING CAREER DAY AS JOB SEEKERS

1.   Visit the Ivy Tech Career Day webpage for up-to-date details about the event: www.ivytech.edu/southwest/careerday

2.   Research companies that are registered to attend using the internet (company websites/Facebook pages/Twitter feeds, job search websites), newspapers, etc.

  •     This will help you understand how your skills match their needs.

  •     This will allow you to develop informed questions to ask employers thereby maximizing the limited time that you have to speak with an employer.

  •     Write yourself reminder notes of questions to ask specific employers.

3.   Develop a plan of the “need to see” (primary) employers and “like to see” (secondary) employers in order to prioritize your time. Don’t ignore the employers who aren’t an obvious “fit” with your program of study because you may find an opportunity you had not previously considered.

4.   Prepare your 30 second “professional pitch”. This should include:

  •     Your name

  •     Program of study

  •     Knowledge of the company and how you “fit” with the company or why you came to their table

  •     Career goals/job objective

  •     Relevant experience, skills, education, strengths

  •     End with a focused, informed question that will engage the employer in conversation

  •     Practice to build confidence!

5.   On Career Day, dress professionally, wear comfortable shoes, arrive early, and visit one of the registration tables (Entrance B, C, or H) to obtain a nametag and map of the employer exhibits.

6.   Bring a portfolio or two-pocket folder to carry copies of your resume, a notepad, a pen, and any business cards/company brochures/applications that you might collect during the event.

7.   Greet employers with direct eye contact, a smile, and a firm handshake. Keep your “professional pitch” short, specific, and strength-focused.

8.   Engaging the recruiter in intelligent conversation will make you stand out. You can do this by asking informed questions that you have prepared.  Examples of appropriate questions:

  •     Do you have any advice for someone wanting to enter the field of …?

  •     What specific qualifications do you look for when hiring for xyz position?

  •     What does your company consider to be the most important qualities in an employee?

  •     How do you see the field changing over the next 10 years?

  •     Can you tell me about your company’s hiring process?

  •     What types of entry level positions exist in your company?

9.   Be considerate of the time constraints of the employers. After your “professional pitch” and a question or two (i.e. employment processes, hiring needs, skills the company seeks, etc.), offer a copy of your resume. There may be some employers who do not accept resumes. They may refer you to their company website to apply for positions.  The Ivy Tech library will have several computer stations available during Career Day where you can complete online job applications.

10. Ask for a business card, close with a firm handshake, and thank the employer for their time. Be sure to make notes of your conversation.

11. Send a follow-up letter/thank you letter immediately. Thank the employer for taking the time to discuss job opportunities, include an expressed interest in pursuing a position with the company, remind them of your qualifications, express an interest in meeting with them to further discuss your qualifications, and include a copy of your resume. See Career Services in Room 220 or the Career Day webpage (www.ivytech.edu/southwest/careerday) for a sample. The Ivy Tech library will have several computer stations available during Career Day where you can write your follow-up letters.

TIPS FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING CAREER DAY TO EXPLORE CAREER OPTIONS

    Determine your purpose…to explore options in your field of study, network with others in your industry of interest, identify employers who hire for specific positions that are appealing to you, etc.

    Job fairs are useful for determining hiring trends in the community, the types of careers available to someone in your field of interest, and the skills/education required for various jobs.

    If you are just exploring your options, introduce yourself to the employer but let the employer know that you are only gathering materials and general information.  Be respectful of the employer’s time, as well as those students who are actively job seeking.

    Prepare questions to ask employers. Examples of appropriate questions:

  •     Do you have any advice for someone wanting to enter the field of …?

  •     What specific qualifications do you look for when hiring for xyz position?

  •     How do you see this industry changing over the next 10 years?

Career Day Program Booklet

Career Day Thank You Template

Career Day 2014 Dress Guidelines

Career Day Prep Workshop - Powerpoint

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Registered Employers & Websites

Career Day Workshop:

What is the message you would like communicated? LinkedIn – your professional social media connection! Learn the purpose, and structure of LinkedIn and its’ use

for job search. Receive a tip sheet for future reference. Familiarize yourself with LinkedIn so you can begin developing your professional identity online and building your professional network!

Jerry Clark, President & CEO

Evacus Technologies

Thursday, March 20, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Vectren Auditorium, Room 147


Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Vectren Auditorium (Room 147)

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Photographers will be in the Vectren Auditorium (room 147) during Career Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take free professional headshots. Photographs courtesy of the Ivy Tech-Southwest Design Collective Club.