Countdown to Career Fair: Less than two weeks away! Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

The Fulton Schools Career Fair is less than two weeks away!

At this point, your résumé should be ready to go. (If not, plan to attend the Rapid Résumé Reviews with Employers this Friday, February 17, 2017 at Devils’ Oasis in CAVC retail space from noon–4 p.m.)

You should have your professional attire ready — or have a shopping trip planned.

You should have learned the basics about interviewing.

Now is the time to look over the list of companies that will be attending. Check out their websites. Make a list of those you want to see and rank them as you won’t be able to see them all. For those companies at the top of your list, apply for jobs or internships through Sun Devil CareerLink before you go to the career fair. If the job posting refers you to a company website, apply through there as well. Every recruiter and hiring manager wants to hire people who are genuinely interested in their organization. Taking the time to complete these applications is strong evidence of your interest — and may be a legal requirement.

How you introduce yourself to recruiters is important. In addition to stating your name, major and whether you are seeking a job or an internship, be sure to include two or three skills that will interest them (potential conversation starters). Mention something that shows you have researched the organization and tell how you will fit in. (You want to show that you know what they do and are not saying the same thing to every employer.) Finally, let them know that you would like an interview!

The Fulton Schools Career Center will be offering workshops next week – February 20-24, 2017 — find one or more to help you get ready for Career Fair!

Peer career coaches, graduate and undergraduate, are available for appointments. Tempe campus based students can call 480-965-2966 to schedule an appointment. Polytechnic campus based students can make appointments through Sun Devil CareerLink.

Remember, successful performance is the result of 90 percent preparation and 10 percent flawless execution!


Joyce Donahue is a career counselor 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.