2021 Spring Virtual Career Fairs »

Online Career Fair Resources and Information for Students

Schedule times in CAREERLINK to meet with employers
Click HERE for an instructional video.

 

What is a career fair?
A chance to speak with employers about their companies, positions they have available, and to learn more about the industry or types of roles within the company.
  What do students get out of it?
Many NDSU students attend career fairs seeking internships, part-time, and/or full-time employment.  Others attend for the sake of learning more about companies in their industry, networking with local, regional, and national companies, and becoming well informed about opportunities that may be suited for them!
How do these happen online?
Students schedule times in CAREERLINK to meet 1:1 with employers and companies they are interested in, and these interactions happen online during the day of the fair.
Be sure to sign up right away before an employer’s schedule fills up!
Watch this instructional video for more of the specifics.

 

Research Employers
Use CAREERLINK – Under the “Employers” tab, look up job postings, company information and what positions they’ve filled with previous NDSU students!
Look to see if your career goals align with company’s mission statement and vision… use this information in your pitch or during your meeting!
Check out company’s social media, LinkedIn page or website to learn more!
Tailor your Documents
Ideally, you’d create a resume and cover letter tailored to the specific position and company that you are applying to.
Watch ‘How to Tailor your Resume‘ for tips and suggestions and visit with a member of our staff in our Zoom Career Studio or email your questions to ndsu.cac@ndsu.edu to get further guidance and assistance.
View our online resources for creating a resume or cover letter.
Upload documents to your profile on CAREERLINK and attach with your scheduled meetings with employers.
Test out Online Platforms
Make note of the meeting platform each employer will be using the day of the fair (check the “location” field when you sign up for the meetings).
Test out the different systems before the fair to be sure you are comfortable using them and have anything necessary downloaded ahead of time.
Visit our Zoom Career Studio to test out your platforms with us!
Get Organized
Be sure you have all of your scheduled dates/times organized so that you don’t miss any of your meetings.
Utilize calendars, set reminders/alerts, or do whatever you need to do to ensure you are prepared ahead of time.
Develop your Pitch and Questions
Plan ahead how you would like to introduce yourself during your elevator pitch and what you would like to say to the employer.
Employers like it when you ask questions about them, their jobs, and the company.
Research ahead of time and don’t ask questions that you can easily find the answers to yourself.
Plan out what you will wear
Dress for the occasion, and ‘one-level up’ from what you would expect to wear in the day-to-day work environment at that company.
Check out the Career Closet to check out and borrow business casual and business professional clothing!
Participate in JCPenney’s SuitUp (see event details in CAREERLINK) event to purchase clothing at a discounted rate, if you’d like!

 

Is your computer ready?
Your camera should be at eye level, and try not to look at your own image.
You computer/tablet should be sitting on a flat, stable, and level surface.
What is in your background – is your space clean and professional looking?
Test this out ahead of time to ensure you don’t have anything distracting or unprofessional in the background.
How is the lighting in your space?
The light source should be in front of you and it shouldn’t be too bright where it leaves a shadow.
Have you minimized distractions?
Put your phone and other notifications on your computer or tablet on silent.  Try to keep roommates and pets out of the room you are in.
Are you dressed professionally?
Look good, feel good!
Do you have your resume, job description, and questions handy?
Keep these documents close just in case you have to reference them.  Having questions for the employer written out ahead of time can help you remember the questions you wanted to ask.
Are you mindful of your body?
Use positive body language and appear engaged!
Smiling, using moderate hand gestures, and making eye contact with everyone can certainly help.
Are you mindful of your speech?
Speak clearly and not too fast, and be sure to sound interested and energized.
Are you being professional if you are using the chat feature?
Avoid using acronyms, text slang, or emojis.
Do you have a strong closing?
Ask for next steps in their recruitment process and exchange contact information.

 

Send a ‘Thank You’
Send a ‘thank you’ message to each employer you visited with during the fair(s).
These can be a handwritten letter or an email.
Apply!
Apply for any positions recommended by the recruiter(s) during the fair.
Be sure to keep notes on which positions were mentioned, the application method, etc.