For three years, I was under the assumption that Career Fairs were only for seniors. When I was enrolled in a course on finding a career and attended a Career Fair my Senior year, I realized…I was completely wrong!
I want everyone to learn from my mistake on this one. No matter what year you are, you can still attend the Career Fairs at Purdue! It is almost time for the Career Fair Season to begin and I want you to be ready!
Career Fairs are not just for Seniors looking for jobs after graduation. Most of the time there are a lot of internships and summer positions available at these fairs. Career Fairs also offer you a chance to get experience at short-interviews (about 2 minutes or less) where you can use a short speech to tell them about you and what you are looking for. They also give you a chance to network and meet people! Networking is a very important aspect of finding a job. I would go as far to say that it is THE most important thing you can do when beginning your career search. Getting in the hang of talking to professionals will be a huge help in interviewing and networking.
What do I bring you ask? Well, a resume is a must. Getting a resume set up can be a difficult task to accomplish on your own. The Purdue Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) can be one of the best resources you have for your beginning, middle and end in finding your career path. They have several resources to help you, one being resume writing. You can meet with an expert to help you write, edit or just go over your resume. You must keep in mind that a resume from someone who just started at Purdue will look dramatically different than someone who is just about done with their time at Purdue.
Anything else you should know? The last thing to think about is dressing professionally. Think conservative. Dress pants for men and women (not jeans, leggings, short skirts or shorts). Women you may also wear skirts that cover your knees when sitting down as long as you wear some type of hose or tights underneath. For both, wearing a dress shirt that buttons up or covers everything it needs to is important. Basic professional dress. If you are still unsure a quick Google search of “Business Professional Dress” can help.
If you still have questions or concerns after these tips the CCO can help you with anything to do with your career path!
The CCO is located in Stewart Center, Room 194, open Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. You can also make appointments by calling: (765) 494-3981. They have an email for questions (allowing 2 business days for a response) at askCCO@purdue.edu.