Now is the time to start researching the companies attending career fairs on campus over the next several weeks.
The Tempe – 2014 Fall Career and Internship Fair will take place on September 16, 17 and 18. The Fulton Engineering Fall Career Fair will be held on October 1. You should definitely look over the attendee list for all campus events. Information about the companies, the positions for which they are hiring and the geographic locations of the positions are all found on the home page of Sun Devil CareerLink. Look under “Current Events” on the lower right part of the page.
Take the time to visit each company website to learn about the organization and determine your level of interest. For the companies that interest you the most, conduct further research. Many employers will be interviewing selected candidates the day after the career fair. Start to prepare for those interviews now!
Look to see which companies are holding “Information Sessions”. The schedule of these sessions can be found under “Career Events” (listed on top of the homepage on Sun Devil CareerLink). Information sessions are a great way to network with recruiters and learn about companies in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
There are two research databases that you can access through ASU’s library page, http://lib.asu.edu “Mergent Intellect” and “Mint Globa”. Both will provide you with lots of additional information. Campus recruiters will expect you to know about their organization and to be able to describe the kind of work you are seeking.
As a result of your research, you should start to have a clearer vision of the kinds of work you would like to do, a sense of the corporate culture you would enjoy, and where these opportunities are located. When talking to employers, it’s critical to present yourself in a way that demonstrates what you can do for the company. However, at this point in the process, take the time to discover what is most important to you.
Joyce Donahue is a Career Coach in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a nationally certified career counselor and holds Master Career Counselor membership status in the National Career Development Association.