It is that time of the year again! The Fall 2016 Career Expo, sponsored by GlobalStar, will be held on Thursday September 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  This year’s fair will have over 60 local, regional, national and international employers interested in recruiting ALL MAJORS.

A few last minute reminders as you prepare for the fair:

Do Your Research: Research the employers registered to attend the Fall 2016 Career Expo and find the right match for you.  Ensure your skill set is in alignment with the ideal candidate the company is searching for.  Keep an open mind and make plenty of copies of your resume!

Look the Part: Your first impression is a lasting impression! Make sure that you are neat, clean and polished with your business attire. If all else fails, choose a conservative classic look with traditional colors.

Develop a Plan of Action: Arrive to the Fall 2016 Career Expo early. Have an idea of the employers you would like to visit and in what order. Avoid long lines; make a note of the employer and visit them before you leave the fair. In developing your game plan, include your personal PDSA method: Plan. Do. Study. Act.

Plan to take the FREE shuttle: Parking downtown can be complicated and expensive. The Career Development Center is offering a free shuttle to and from the event. Catch the shuttle at Freret Street and McCallister in front of Tulane’s ROTC building. Scheduled pick up times are 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. (The final shuttle will leave Superdome Gate A at 4:15 p.m. to return to campus.)

At the Fall 2016 Career Expo

What should you ask a Recruiter?  Ask about job/internship opportunities, application process, qualifications, and potential career paths.  Relax and speak slowly. Take notes and distribute your resume. At the end of the conversation, request a business card and/or contact information. Below are sample questions to ask recruiters.

  • Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year? How long does the hiring process take?
  • What are the skills and attributes you value most in your employees?
  • What opportunities are there for advancement in the company?
  • Describe some typical projects/assignments for an entry level person in your organization
  • What would you expect your ideal hire to do during the first month with the company?
  • What is the company culture like?
  • How long have you worked for this company and why did you choose this position?

After the Career Expo

What should you do after the Career Expo? Send a quick thank you email to the recruiters you have spoken to within 24 hours if possible. Refer back to something from your conversation and attach your resume as a reference.  Recap your interests in the organization and the positions they have available. Keep a file of all contacts made with the employer, including dates and applications material sent to them. If you would like additional information on Preparing for the Career Expo, 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.

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