1. Start on the right foot
- Arrive early to ensure you have time to visit your top organizations
- Wear business formal attire and comfortable shoes
- Stay focused by turning your phone on silent
- Get your free professional headshot photo taken to use on LinkedIn and other social media
2. Communicate effectively with employers
- Employers are excited to meet with you! Show enthusiasm and positive body language (smiling, head nodding, open stance, eye contact) when you approach the organization's representatives.
- Introduce yourself using the "personal commercial" or "elevator speech" you created and be prepared to give the employer your resume.
- It is common that employers will greet you by offering a handshake. Some alternatives to a handshake are nodding your head or a small wave.
- Be positive and confident in what you have to offer the employer.
- Be clear and concise. You have limited time with each employer.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the field/organization and relate your skills, interests, strengths, and experiences to the specific needs of the employer.
- Highlight your relevant experiences including work, internships, volunteer, and leadership.
- Be responsive to questions asked by the organization's representatives and engage further with employers by asking the questions you prepared.
3. Prepare for follow-up
- Take notes on your conversations including details on how to follow-up with the employer.
- Ask for the employer's business card so that you have their contact information.