You must complete the following list of items to participate in SCICU Career Connections:
Deadline for résumés to be included in the employer résumé database:
Tuesday, December17th at 5:00 pm
SCICU Career Connections - Networking and Interview Event will be held on Tuesday, January 28th in the Exhibit Hall at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. Networking will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 11:50 am. Interviews will begin at 1:00 pm and conclude at approximately 5:00 pm.
When to Arrive: The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is located at 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201 (Phone: 1-800-264-4884). All students should arrive at the Convention Center no later than 8:15 a.m. When you arrive at the Convention Center, look for your college's table in the main area. You will sign in at the Limestone College table and receive last minute instructions. There will be a designated area for students to wait between interviews (check with your Career Services representative for the location of the student waiting area). The Exhibit Hall is where you will be meeting employers from 9:00 am - 11:50 am, and where you will return to for interviews between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Please be courteous to your fellow interviewees and keep the noise level to a minimum. Be sure to check with your Career Services representative before leaving for the day.
Networking Session: The morning session is designed for networking. During this time, there should not be any interviews in progress, so you may approach any recruiter to briefly introduce yourself, offer your résumé, and hopefully schedule an interview at a later time. Please refer to the tips below to maximize this networking time with employers. If, during this brief conversation, you win over the recruiter, s/he will ask you to sign up for an interview with the company for the afternoon. It is your responsibility to ensure you are available during the proposed interview time with the company.
Students who do not submit a résumé for the employer résumé database are still able to participate in the networking portion.
Lunch: Lunch will not be provided at the Convention Center. You will receive a list of local area restaurants if you wish to have lunch in the surrounding area.
We realize that you might feel some anxiety at first, but this event will be a great learning experience for everyone, and we hope you will enjoy the day. With proper preparation, you will feel confident and relaxed and, hopefully, will advance to the next step in the hiring process! Good luck!
Keys to Success at a Career or Job Fair:
1. Research. You can get a huge jump on the competition by getting a list of the companies attending the fair and doing some research on each of the companies you want to interview with; don't waste time with companies that do not interest you.
2. Résumés. Bring lots of résumés to the fair -- at least two for each company for which you have an interest. Be sure to print your résumé on quality paper.
3. Portfolios. More and more career experts are emphasizing the importance of career portfolios. These portfolios should include copies of your résumé, a list of references, and samples of your best work.
4. Attire. Appropriate attire is a must! When in doubt, err on the side of conservatism. Even if the company has a "business casual" dress policy, you're better off dressing a bit on the "stuffy" side than in taking a gamble only to find that your idea of casual doesn't match that of your prospective employer.
5. Strategy. You need to devise a strategy or plan of attack for the fair. You've already done the first step by researching the companies you are interested in. The second step is seeing if any new companies have registered when you arrive at the fair. The third step is surveying the layout of the fair and determining an order for networking.
6. Interviewing. You may only have two to five minutes to market yourself and protect yourself from being screened out; thus you need to make the most of your time. Many experts suggest that you develop a one-minute "commercial" that highlights the key benefits that you can offer the organization -- and then use it at the beginning of the interview. Also remember the four keys to all interviews: make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, smile, and show enthusiasm.
7. Intangibles. First, if you did not prepare for a company you want to interview for, try listening in on several of the interviews ahead of you so you can better prepare; do also try to get some company literature from the booth before getting in line so you can read about the company while waiting; don't just stand in line doing nothing. Second, don't be upset if the recruiter has to take a break before your interview. Third, if your ideal company is hiring computer technicians and you want to work in accounting, do still interview with the company at the fair, being sure to leave the interview with the contact information of the person responsible for hiring in that area; don't be discouraged and walk away.
8. Networking. Career fairs are all about networking. However, you can also network with your fellow job-seekers in terms of sharing information about job leads, companies, and their recruiting strategies and styles.
9. Follow-up. Don't take the order of this key to mean it to be the least important; in fact, some would say it is one of the most important. There are two main methods of follow-up: the first is calling the recruiter the evening of the fair and thanking the recruiter again for his or her time. A more concrete and traditional method is to write a thank you note and mail it the next day to the address on the recruiter's business card.