It is that time of the year again! The Fall Career Expo will be held on October 2, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from Noon-4:00 p.m. I have provided 4 tips to assist you in having a successful Career Expo experience.

Prepare in advance: Ensure that your cover letter and resume are up to par. If in doubt, schedule an appointment with me in the Career Development Center. Work on your 30 second elevator pitch so that it is natural and shows confidence. Determine what you are looking for; an internship, a full-time position, or a development program. Research the companies attending the Career Expo and find the right match for you.

Impression Management/Professional Dress: Your first impression is a lasting impression! Ensure that you are neat, clean and polished with your business attire. If all else fails, choose a conservative classic look with traditional colors. If you are having second thoughts, schedule an appointment with me in the Career Development Center.

Networking: Ask for business cards/contact information from the company representatives that spark your interest. Have an ample supply of resumes; this is your version of a business card. Manage your contacts from employers and follow up with a thank you note after the Career Expo. You never know, they may be the individual who can assist you with your career goal at that company.

Develop a Game Plan: Use the option of taking the shuttle to the Career Expo. Have in mind the companies you would like to visit and in what order. By all means, avoid long lines. Make a note and visit them before you leave the Expo. In your development game plan, include your personal PDSA method: Plan. Do. Study. Act.

If you would like additional information on Preparing for the Career Expo, please join me in the Octavia room, second floor of the Danna Center, for a 1 hour empower session on October 1, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. or you can schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in the Career Development Center by calling 504.865.3860 or stop by the CDC, 208 Danna Student Center.

Also, on Monday September 30, 2013 from 10 am – 4 pm the Career Development Center will host Rapid Resume Review with no appointment needed!

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