University Career Center

5 Tips to Gear Up for Career Expo

Winter break is just around the corner. Many companies are already planning their trips to campus in January making it a good idea for you to plan ahead as well. In addition to these 5 tips, know that many application deadlines are in December. Don't miss out!​

  1. Research

 Do your research on which companies will be here and what types of jobs they are hiring. Try to look beyond the name of the company and understand that job function (what you do) and industry (what the company does) are not mutually exclusive. For example: an automotive company may not just be looking for engineers, but also human resources personnel. A list of companies attending the fair will be posted mid-December on the Career Center’s website and many companies will have job postings that go along with their fair attendance.

 

  1. Download the Career Fair Plus App*

    The fair can be disorienting. Using the research you’ve done and the Career Fair Plus app, make a cheat sheet for yourself with all the questions and specifics you know about each company. On the app you can filter by industry, types of positions, on campus interviewing, and more. Make a point of showing you researched the company with the recruiter. Know the type of positions you are interested in and be able to articulate why. Take note of people’s names that you speak with and ask them the best way to follow up- and do so! *In the App store search: Career Fair Plus

 

  1. Use C3 Effectively

    Some tips-

  • In the Advanced search tab, search by “job function” rather than “industry.” You can do marketing for a lot of different industries. You can do research in a lot of different industries. Don’t limit yourself.

  • At the top- sort by deadline, it will help you prioritize what you want to apply to first. Note that many applications are due prior to winter break in order for companies to come to campus in early January for interviews.

  • Check out who is going to be interviewing on campus- on the “more filters” section, type in a long range of dates for OCI (On Campus Interviewing) to see who will be conducting interviews at Michigan during the winter. Note that some companies may ask to interview the day following the fair.

  • Create a search agent where it says “Save Search” so you can be emailed anytime a job with the key word of “non profit” is posted.

 

  1. Pencil It In

Bring home your planner and take note of key information sessions and coffee chats happening on campus. Many employers tend to visit Michigan around the time of the expo. Their visits take all types of forms- some do presentations, some do workshops, some hold office hours or mock interviews. They come to meet you, and they love to see students who attend multiple events. Meeting a recruiter at an info session or workshop allows you to be more comfortable when you see them again at the fair. Check out the events page on the Career Center website, theemployerbuzz.tumblr.com, and in C3 under “Workshops and Employer Events” to look for happenings next semester.

 

  1. Meet with an Advisor

Make an appointment with an advisor at The Career Center! We are here to help you navigate the world of finding a job and figuring out your next steps. We can help with networking strategies, writing an effective resume, interviewing, creating an elevator pitch, and much more.