Last minute tips for the CPCC Career Fair!

Career Fair week is here! This Thursday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., over 95 employers will be at the Grady Cole Center to talk about job openings. Are you ready?

What last minute details should you pay attention to these next few days to ensure you’ll impress employers? The following checklist can help.

  • Review February posts from the CPCC Career Services blog. Last month we offered weekly posts on Career Fair items. From resume tips to how to dress professionally, many of your questions can be answered here.
  • Have a career counselor review your resume. Stop by the Career Services Central campus office tomorrow (Tuesday March 4) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to have your resume critiqued by a career counselor. No appointment necessary. You can also email career.services@cpcc.edu to receive feedback.
  • Assemble your professional dress now. Make sure clothes are pressed and accessories are chosen wisely. Don’t forget a tote or professional bag (if possible, no backpacks) to carry resumes and gather employer information.
  • Practice your elevator speech. Rehearse your elevator speech in front of a mirror, friends or family. You want employers to know you’re confident and knowledgeable about your skills and qualifications as they relate to the job. Practice a firm handshake, too!
  • Research employers you plan to meet with. Use the Career Fair Employer List to identify which employers you plan to speak with at the event. Use the companies’ websites and social media presence (Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, Twitter handles) to learn about the companies and prepare questions to ask.

Some helpful hints for the day of the event:

  • Arrive early. Parking fills up quickly and lines get long.
  • Bring your CPCC Student ID. Doing so gives you access to the VIP entrance to avoid longer lines. *Note: Veterans who bring their DD-214 papers will also be admitted through the VIP entrance
  • Check the weather. You may be standing outside in the early morning hours. Dress accordingly.
  • Plan your transportation. Parking in the Student Decks will be available (no permit required), or plan your bus route.
  • Arrange for childcare. Job applicants who bring children to the career fair will not be admitted to the event.
  • Bring a snack. Pack a small bottle of water and a snack to keep your energy up throughout the day.
  • Have multiple copies of your resume. Estimate how many employers you’ll be speaking to, but bring a few additional copies just in case.

Make the most of this great opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers. Check back to this blog next week for post-fair tips.