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Duke Career Center Career Fair Preparation Collection

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  1. 1. 1) Self-Reflection • Reflect on your skills, interests, experiences, and knowledge • Check the Career Center website for a list of employers attending: studentaffairs.duke.edu/career/events • Access Duke Career Connections for up-to-date job/internship posts and information: careerconnections.duke.edu • Prioritize a list of employers based on your interests • Update and tailor your resume • Carry a padfolio, folder, or organizer for your resume and collecting business cards • Present your best professional self (e.g. wear appropriate attire, avoid strong scents, cover or remove facial piercings, cover tattoos, offer a firm handshake) • Prepare thoughtful employer-specific questions 2) Employer Research What to Research: • Services/products • Revenue • Customers • Company culture and news • Competitors • Rankings • Industry trends • Duke alumni • Training programs • Information that you find important in determining whether an employer’s opportunities would work for you Where to Research http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/career/online-tools-resources • Company website and social media like LinkedIn • CareerConnections: careerconnections.duke.edu • CareerBeam — review industry guides like Hoovers • Duke Library Job & Career Research Guide — view “Company and Industry Research” tab • Professional publications (e.g. Forbes) • Duke Connect (Duke Alumni Database) to reach out to alums/ professionals for Informational Interviews 3) Connect Your Skills and Experiences to Those Sought by Employers • Analyze what skills and experiences the employer or industry seeks from your company research • Write down how you match those qualifications • Brainstorm how you will tailor your introduction and which skills or experiences you will choose to discuss with each employer • Consider whether or not your skills align with the employer’s needs Career Center Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • (919) 660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 1.Engage in self-reflection. 2.Conduct employer research. 3.Connect your skills and experiences to those sought by employers. 4.Create your introduction and questions. 5.Practice and participate . To review the different types of career fairs at Duke, see Events & Programs 5 Steps to Prepare for Career Fairs
  2. 2. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 5 Steps to Prepare for Career Fairs (cont.) 4) Create an Introduction and Questions ga Introduction (30-Second Commercial) Please refer to “Meeting an Employer at a Career Fair” handout • Use this opportunity to introduce yourself and provide a short synopsis of your skills and experience with the goal of getting employers to ask you for more information • Take time to engage an employer in a conversation so you can learn more about the company • Show connection between your skills/experience and the company’s goals. Questions for Employers Please refer to “an Employer at a Career Fair” handout Ask intentional, relevant questions that show you have done your research • What qualities have made past candidates successful in this <interesting position>? • I saw on your website that your company is involved in <interesting new initiative>. What impact do you expect that having on your company in the next few years? • I notice that your posted positions include <particular jobs>. How might I connect with someone in your company about my interest and skills in <a different type of job>? 5) Practice and Participate Engaging Employers at the Fair • Be aware of non-verbal communication, e.g. walk confidently with good posture, make good eye contact • Shake hands with employers (if offered) • Use your introduction, tailored to employer, to begin conversation; listen carefully • Smile and show your enthusiasm • Some employers might ask for your resume • Ask for a business card from the employer before leaving • Determine next step in the process • Say “Thank You” as you conclude conversation • Jot down notes on conversation for later reference After the Fair • Send thank you notes or email employers with whom you had strong rapport and connection (24-48 hours post event) • Indicate your appreciation for their time/advice and include interesting information from your conversation • Share steps you may have taken since talking When You Apply 1.Engage in self-reflection. 2.Conduct employer research. 3.Connect your skills and experiences to those sought by employers. 4.Create your introduction and questions. 5.Practice and participate .
  3. 3. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Career  Fair   Preparation   Presenter’s  Name   Date  
  4. 4. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Agenda   •  Understand  career  fair  customs,  procedures,   and  a2endees   •  Prepare  for  career  fair  by  self-­‐reflec9ng  on  skills   and  experiences  and  conduc9ng  employer   research   •  Relate  your  experiences  and  skills  to  those   sought  by  employers  at  career  fairs   •  Create  an  introduc9on  and  employer  ques9ons   for  the  career  fair  
  5. 5. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Career  Fairs   •  What  are  career  fairs?   – Purpose:  explore  companies,  industries,   internships;  network  with  employers  and  alumni   – Types  include  live  (Fall  Career  Fair,  North  Carolina   Master's  &  Ph.D.  Fair,  Just  in  Time  Fair),  virtual,   TechConnect,  symposiums,  Duke  Entertainment   Media  Arts  Network  (DEMAN)  Weekend   •  Who  aKends  career  fairs?   – Students,  employers,  alumni,  Career  Center  staff  
  6. 6. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 What  do  career  fairs  look  like?  
  7. 7. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Career  Fairs   •  What  do  I  wear?   – Business  formal  OR  whatever  the  company’s   culture  reflects     •  Sugges?ons     – Just  because  a  type  of  job  is  not  listed,  does  not   mean  an  opportunity  does  not  exist   – Manage  your  ?me  well  and  have  a  visit  strategy   – Give  a  good  handshake  
  8. 8. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Career  Fairs   Five  Steps  to  Preparing  for  Career  Fairs   1.  Self-­‐reflec8on   2.  Employer  research   3.  Relate  your  skills  and  experiences  to  those   sought  by  employers   4.  Create  introduc8on  and  ques8ons   5.  Prac8ce  
  9. 9. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Self-­‐Re'lection   •  What  is  self-­‐reflec/on?   •  Why  is  self-­‐reflec/on  important  to  you  and   employers?   •  What  is  a  professional  story?  
  10. 10. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Activity  #1  –  Self  Re0lection   Handout  –  Resume.Maria     •  What  kind  of  internship  or  job  interests  you  most  (e.g.   marke8ng,  electrical  engineering,  medicine,  music)?   •  Based  on  that  role  circle  skills,  relevant  experiences,  and   values  you  see  reflected  on  your  resume.   •  What  insight  can  you  glean?     –  What  does  your  role  tend  to  be  in  class  projects  or  at  internships?     –  What  tasks  do  you  gravitate  towards?     –  What  posi8ve  feedback  have  you  received  from  faculty/peers/ supervisors?     –  What  are  you  most  proud  of  on  your  resume?  
  11. 11. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 STAR  Method     •  Situa%on   •  Task   •  Ac%on   •  Result   As  a  summer  media  intern  at  Non-­‐Profit  X,  I  created   and  implemented  a  social  media  strategy  including   Facebook  and  Instagram  to  share  client  stories  and  the   organiza?on’s  dona?on  goals;  by  the  end  of  the   summer  there  were  over  500  “friends”  and  “followers”   and  dona?ons  had  gone  up  10%  over  last  summer.  
  12. 12. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Activity  #2  –  How  to  Tell  your   Professional  Stories  to  Employers   Handout  -­‐  STAR     •  Use  the  STAR  method  to  write  one  evidenced   based  story,  reflec9ng  your  skills/strengths/ experiences  that  relate  to  what  employers   seek  in  new  hires      
  13. 13. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Activity  #3  -­‐  Create  Introduction   and  Questions  to  use  at  Career  Fair   Handout  –  Meeting  an  Employer  at  a  Career  Fair   •  Based  on  your  self-­‐reflec1on,  employer   research,  and  employer/applicant  ac1vity   results,  write  an  introduc1on  and  two  strong   and  relevant  ques1ons  to  ask  an  employer  at   the  next  career  fair.     – Tips  for  introduc1on:   •  Approximately  1-­‐2  minutes   •  Share  name,  relevant  skills/values/interests,  and  how   they  make  you  a  good  fit  for  the  employer’s  company    
  14. 14. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708   Activity  #3  -­‐  Create  Introduction   and  Questions  to  use  at  Career  Fair   Continued…   •  Prac%ce  with  a  partner  and  assess  the  following   – How  is  their  handshake?     – Do  they  speak  clearly?   – Is  their  intro  concise  and  show  connec8ons   between  their  skills/experiences  and  those  sought   by  employers?   – Do  they  smile  and  have  good  eye  contact?   – Do  they  seem  confident  and  comfortable?  
  15. 15. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Activity  #4  –  Employer  Research   •  Review  list  of  employers  a1ending  upcoming  career   fair;  pick  one  company  that  excites  you.       •  Use  company’s  website  and  CareerConnec@ons  to   find  open  posi@ons,  values,  mission,  culture.    
  16. 16. First  Impressions  are  Important   Employer  advice  tweets  from  2015  Duke  Career  Fair   •  "Prepare  ques+ons  ahead  of  +me  and  have  a  posi+ve  a4tude.  Keep  an   open  mind.”  @Capital1campus     •  “Tell  the  employer  what  your  degree  is  and  what  your  experience  can  do   for  them."  @GEcareers     •  "Be  well-­‐versed  about  a  project  you  have  worked  on.  Show  ini+a+ve.   Highlight  your  work  experience  and  communicate  it."  @ebayupinc     •  "Ask  thoughIul  ques+ons.  Ar+culate  what  you're  thinking  about  and  what   you’re  passionate  about."  Consumer  Financial  Protec8on  Bureau     •  "Be  engaged.  Know  one  fact  about  the  company  before  you  come  by.   Show  interest  in  the  company.  And  be  yourself.  We  are  gauging   personali+es."  @busch_jobs   Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  17. 17. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Employer  Research   •  Why  is  employer  research  important?   •  Employer  Research  Resources   – Na6onal  Associa6on  of  Colleges  and  Employers   survey   – CareerConnec6ons   – CareerBeam   – DukeConnect  or  LinkedIn  for  informa6onal   interviews  
  18. 18. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Activity  #5  –  Relating  your  Skills   and  Experiences  to  those  Sought   by  Employers     Handout  –  Employer-­‐Applicant  Activity   •  ACTIVITY:  Employer/Applicant  worksheet  –     – Based  on  your  research,  create  a  list  of  skills  and   experiences  the  employer/industry  seeks  –  write   these  on  the  “employer”  side   – On  the  “applicant”  side  write  experiences  you   have  that  match  what  the  employer  seeks  
  19. 19. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 In  Conclusion   Five  Steps  to  Preparing  for  Career  Fairs   1.  Self-­‐reflec8on   2.  Employer  research   3.  Relate  your  skills  and  experiences  to  those   sought  by  employers   4.  Create  introduc8on  and  ques8ons   5.  Prac8ce  
  20. 20. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Next  Steps   •  Get  prepared  for  the  next  fair!   – Review  employers  a7ending  upcoming  career  fair   and  compile  a  list  of  3-­‐5  to  visit   – Edit  and  finalize  your  introducAon  and  pracAce;   complete  research  and  compile  a  list  of  5-­‐10   strong  quesAons  to  ask  at  fair   – Update  your  resume   •  Please  complete  your  evaluaAons!   •  NEXT  FAIR:  (fill  this  in)  
  21. 21. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Contact  Us   (919)  660-­‐1050   h+p://studentaffairs.duke.edu/career      Facebook.com/DukeCareers      Twi+er.com/DukeCareers  
  22. 22. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Maria  Moreno  Sample   919.555.1212    |    mmsample@email.com    |    www.linkedin.com/moreno443     Education     Duke  University    |    May  2017   Bachelor  of  Science,  Computer  Science   Bachelor  of  Arts,  English   Certificate  in  Markets  &  Management   GPA:  3.4   Technical  Skills     Programming  Languages:  Ruby,  Python,  C#   Database:  MySQL   Software:  MATLAB,  Adobe  Photoshop,  After  Effects,   Adobe  Illustrator     Marketing  &  Web  Design  Experience     Marketing  Analytics  Intern    |  Super-­‐Cool  Start  Up    |    Memphis,  TN    |    Summer  2015   • Collect  and  analyze  customer  demographics,  preferences,  and  purchasing  habits  to  identify  potential  markets   and  factors  affecting  product  demand   • Gather  data  on  competitors  and  review  their  prices,  promotions,  and  methods  of  marketing  distribution   • Devise  methods  for  collecting  data  through  surveys,  opinion  polls,  and  questionnaires,  as  well  as  obtain   consumer  data  via  relevant  databases     Graphic  Artist/Web  Designer    |    Information  Security  Center    |    Collierville,  TN    |    Summer  2014   • Developed  concepts,  designs,  and  sample  webpage  layouts  for  3  nonprofit  organizations;  maintained  each   website’s  coding   • Built  interactive  features  and  created  a  database  organization  system  to  collect  form  data   • Provided  advice  regarding  graphic  design  and  page  layout  of  currently  existing  webpages     Writing  &  Publication  Experience     Reporter    |    The  Chronicle    |    Durham,  NC    |    September  2013-­‐Present   • Research  a  story’s  background  information  to  provide  accurate  material  that  captures  the  scope  and  impact  of   breaking  news  on  Duke  University’s  campus     • Revise  content  based  on  editorial  feedback  and  adjust  stories  for  online  and  mobile  formats;  reached  up  to  3500   page  views  daily     Volunteer    |    Read  &  Feed    |    Apex,  NC    |    August  2013-­‐Present   • Write  and  produce  a  twice-­‐monthly  newsletter  aimed  at  donors  and  potential  nonprofit  partners  to  inform  them   of  the  center’s  progress,  the  number  of  clients  served,  and  ways  to  get  involved   • Interview  staff  and  clients  for  developing  columns  and  commentaries;  communicate  personal  experiences   through  persuasive,  engaging  reporting     Projects     Digital  Systems  Course    |    Duke  University    |    Durham,  NC    |    Spring  2015   • Implemented  a  system  using  only  3  materials  to  create  a  processor  to  replicate  a  popular,  multiplayer,  8-­‐bit   video  game     • Part  of  team  that  earned  highest  marks  on  the  project,  and  selected  as  first  in  the  class  for  anticipating  angles,   developing  responsive  speed  controls,  and  programming  a  point  limit     Campus  Involvement     Marketing  Chair    |    Chi  Omega  Sorority    |  Durham,  NC    |    January  2014-­‐December  2014   • Create  awareness  of  philanthropic  milestones  and  academic  achievement  through  directing  banner  creation,   alumni  communication,  and  reporting  to  campus  offices   Recruitment  Committee    |    Chi  Omega  Sorority    |  Durham,  NC    |    January  2013-­‐December  2013   • Organized  informational  materials  for  recruitment  sessions  of  200+  attendees;  collected  information  on   potential  new  members   SAMPLE  FOR  CAREER  FAIR  PREPARATION  WORKHSOP    **DO  NOT  COPY**  
  23. 23. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Meeting an Employer at a Career Fair Elevator Pitch Examples Writing/Publishing/Editing Example: Hi, I’m Maria Sample. I’ll be graduating in the spring with a double major in English and Computer Science. I’m very excited to talk with you about opportunities at <media organization>; I was so impressed and inspired by the way <media organization> covered <current news story> last year; I especially liked the multimedia components on your website detailing events via photo essays and interactive timelines. As a reporter at the student-run daily newspaper here at Duke, I try to combine strong writing with engaging media – I think it makes for a stronger story. I saw your organization is hiring for a reporter and copy editor; to what extent, and how often, do these roles interact with the web team? [Example for speaking to an alum or recruiter] Leadership Development Program Example: Hello, Ms. Recruiter, my name is Maria Sample and I will graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and English. I read that your company is looking to hire ambitious students into your management trainee program. I have been heavily involved on campus and served in several leadership roles through my sorority. My recent internship working in marketing has equipped me with a skill set that will contribute to the success of your company. What have you seen successful candidates for the leadership development program (LDP) communicate as it relates to their experience? [Example for speaking to an alum or recruiter] Questions to Ask at a Career Fair • I was able to glean a lot of information about the culture of your organization through your website and from talking to a couple of others who have experience at your company. How have you found the culture to be evident within your team? [Alum/Recruiter] • I read in the <trade publication> that your company is involved in <interesting new initiative>. What impact do you expect that having on your company in the next few years? [Alum/Recruiter] • Last year, when <technology> was launched at your company, I was inspired to create a similar tool during my spare time, just for fun. I learned a lot during this process of creating and sharing my work, especially how important it is to be able to communicate the purpose of your project effectively to others. In your experience, what do you think is most challenging in creating and then launching a new product? [Alum] • When you are reviewing candidates’ resumes, what student organizations or extracurricular activities excite you the most? [Alum/Recruiter] • What types of professional development opportunities should I pursue now that would prepare me well for this industry? [Alum/ Recruiter] • I submitted my resume online yesterday. As I reviewed the next steps, I noticed that <your company> be on campus soon. Would you share what the steps are following the on-campus interview? [Recruiter]
  24. 24. The STAR Method STAR is formula for creating your best response to behavioral-based questions. Interviewers expect you to present your thoughts and experience in this manner. Don’t worry, however. You’ll see that the STAR method is no different than the basics of any story composition. “Last semester I took a psychology course that required a group project to examine motivation. The professor assigned each student to a 4-person group. My group decided to look at what motivates college students to participate in community service activities.” Question: Tell me about a time when you had to provide difficult feedback to a team member? “As a group, we developed a plan to distribute the work between us. However, after the first few weeks, it became apparent that one of our team members was not completing her part of the project and she missed one of our group meetings. The rest of the team decided that we needed to reengage her.” “I took the initiative to set up a meeting with her where we discussed our interest in the project as well as the other academic responsibilities. After talking with her, it was clear that if we changed her contributions to tasks that better fit her skills and interests, she would most likely contribute at a higher level.” “It turned out that the team could redistribute tasks without compromising so every member got to work on the pieces of the project that were of most interest to them. In the end, we completed the project and received positive feedback from our professor.” S T A R Situation Set the scenario for your example. Task Describe the specific challenge or task that relates to the question. Action Talk about the actions that you took to accomplish the task. Result Present the results that followed because of the chosen action. A strong STAR response will last one to two minutes. Be brief in your set-up. Give just enough background or contextual information for your story to make sense. The result is critical. Everything in your example builds towards this component. Use the structure of the acronym for direction if you forget what you were saying. If all else fails, skil to the R, result. A few important tips: Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  25. 25. Organizing Your Experience Skill, Experience or Characteristic Name of Story Situation Task Action Result Leadership Ability to Work in Teams Analytical Skills Adaptability Apply the STAR Method by using this chart to recall specific experiences that will better support your responses in an interview. Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708
  26. 26. Employer - Applicant Activity Under “Employer” write down the skills, experiences, and values the employer seeks in an applicant. Under “Applicant” write down the specific skills and experiences you have that match the needs of your preferred industry. Think about soft skills (e.g. teamwork, communication, leadership), technical skills, and relevant experiences. Employer Applicant _____________________________________________ Duke Career Center • studentaffairs.duke.edu/career • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708

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