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How to prepare for the Virtual Careers Fair, 20 October

The Virtual Careers Fair takes place Tuesday 20 October 2020, 10.00-16.00. The Careers Fair is an opportunity for students of all degree subjects to meet with exhibitors offering a variety of graduate and undergraduate opportunities, ranging from Graduate Schemes, Year in Industry placements and Summer Internships to Insight Days.

How do you prepare for a virtual careers fair? Keep reading!

1. Do your research and book early. View the exhibitor list via the Career Fair Plus App. Learn about what they do and their opportunities. Book appointments with recruiters from 1st October!

2. Think about your introduction. With limited time, make the most of your conversation with an employer. Try practicing an elevator pitch – a short overview about your background, studies and career goals. You’ll then have a clearer idea about what you want to say when meeting.

3. Prepare questions. This will show that you are enthusiastic and interested to know more! But avoid asking questions where the answers could easily be found on their website.

4. Dress smartly. Even though you won’t be meeting employers in person, it’s important to look professional. Dressing smartly will make a good first impression and help you to feel more confident.

5. Try to limit potential distractions. Plan where you’ll be sitting ahead of time, ideally in a quiet space, where you won’t be interrupted.

6. Be punctual! Being on time shows the employer that you’re dependable and respectful of their time.

7. Have positive body language. Be engaged in the conversation and actively listen. Smile and try to maintain good eye contact, looking into the camera when speaking.

8. Turn your video on. It looks more professional and helps to build rapport when you can see who you are speaking with. If you do not have video capability or a poor connection, let the recruiter know.

9. Follow up. If you had a good conversation, connect with the employer afterwards e.g. on LinkedIn.

10. Apply! Make a note of deadlines and start your applications. Mention any valuable conversations in your application, highlighting what you learnt and why that’s encouraged you to apply!

See the Careers website for more information.