It’s time to prepare! Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

A student talks to a recruiter at Career Fair

Even though we are only a few days into the fall 2017 semester and you’re busy adjusting to new schedules, new classes and new professors, it is really important that you are aware that the Fulton Schools Career Fairs are only three weeks away!

College recruiters see so many students as they travel from campus to campus during peak recruiting season. You want to make a positive impression. You want to stand out. You want to get an opportunity to interview. The best thing you can do to increase your odds of success is to invest time in preparing.

The Tempe campus graduate and undergraduate peer career coaches have begun to hold office hours. Graduate peer coaches are located in the Career Center at Centerpoint, Suite 107. Undergraduate peer coaches are in the Career Center at Centerpoint, as well as the Engineering Student Center in ECG. The career peers at the Polytechnic campus are located on the first floor of the Academic Center Building (CNTR), Suite 110.

Something new this year: You can schedule appointments with Fulton Schools Career Center staff and peer career coaches through Handshake! In addition to giving you feedback on your résumés, peer career coaches can give you tips on preparing for career fairs and helping you to become familiar with Handshake.

The first of three Rapid Résumé Reviews by Employers will take place this Friday, August 25, 2017 in the community room on the second floor of College Avenue Commons (CAVC) from noon–4 p.m. Employers will be in the same location at the same time on Friday, September 1, 2017 and Friday, September 8, 2017.

Some of the employers attending the career fairs will be looking for December graduates while others will be targeting May graduates. Some companies will be looking for both. Many companies hire summer interns in the spring; however, some hire their summer interns in the fall. Even though the school year has just begun and May seems like the very distant future, make the time to get ready.

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make that a good one. Remember: Successful performance is 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.