An English Major at the Business Career Fair, Pt. 2
I’m back! Last Thursday’s Business Career Fair was not an overwhelming success, but it was definitely worth the few hours I spent there. Over the weekend, I ended up applying to one Leadership Development Program I talked to a recruiter about at the fair, so I’m hoping an interview comes out of that.
A few things on being a non-Business major at the Business Career Fair:
1. Your major won’t be in demand by every company. It might only be a few who explicitly say they want Engineering/Liberal Arts/Media/Fine + Applied Arts majors, and that’s okay. Check beforehand on I-Link so you know who to prioritize and prepare to ask good questions about the opportunities they’re recruiting for.
2. Get business cards from recruiters. This is especially important if a conversation with a recruiter goes well. Having their name and contact information makes it easy to connect with them later on, especially if you’re applying to a job or internship you learned about through them. If they don’t have business cards, at least try and jot their name down after you’re done chatting. Sometimes you can find recruiters’ contact info via company websites.
3. Take notes! It might seem dumb, but I can guarantee your memory’s not as good as you think it is. Having a notebook or at least a piece of paper with you to write down what information, positions, and deadlines you talked about with a recruiter will be key when you sit down later and follow up by emailing recruiters and applying to positions.
4. Take a breather between companies. Or in my case, take a moment to make sure your feet are still attached to your body. I wear these semi-orthopedic-but-still-painful black heels to career fairs, and every time, they make my feet go numb. After each company, I find a corner to sit and jot down notes. It’s a good time to recover from when I’m a spaz with a recruiter and walk away embarrassed—and an equally good time to celebrate a conversation that went well.
I go to career fairs because I’d rather not leave any stone unturned when it comes to finding a job. You should take on a similar mindset whether you’re a freshman or a senior. At the very least, go to career fairs because they’re a chance to get a feel for a company, to really learn more about a job you’re interested in, and to practice what goes into the (sometimes weird) business of networking.
IN CONCLUSION, good luck! If I can survive entering the real world, so can you!
And if you have any questions for me, ask away in the comments section.