CACS provides plenty of opportunities to help you prepare. If you haven’t yet taken the Career Management course and it’s being offered for your program this semester, now may be the time to enroll! You should also plan to work with your adviser to polish your resume and hone your networking and interviewing skills. Sessions will also be held on how to specifically prepare for the Career Fair; watch for announcements!
Be sure to research the organizations that will take part in the fair and prepare thoughtful comments and questions for representatives you hope to speak with. Then, on the actual day: arrive well-rested, ready to be am active listener as well as an articulate speaker.
A total of 100+ organizations will engage with MIIS students and alumni. We are prepared to host:
We in CACS are always receptive to new organizations. Our contact database is ever-growing! If you have a specific contact at an organization which you think will be a good match for MIIS students and alumni, please do forward the contact to our Director of Outreach & Employer Relations, Dayton Hughes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resumes, business cards, notebook or folio (the MIIS folios in the Simoneau House are great!), writing utensils, breath mints, MIIS ID Card and a positive attitude are encouraged but optional. If you are considering printing your own business cards, your CACS adviser can provide information on developing an appropriate card for the event.
Dress for success! We are members of a professional graduate school. For both your own professional image and as a courtesy to our employers and your fellow job seekers, please wear the professional attire associated with formal interviews: suits, jackets and close-toed shoes. Honoring this dress code will be appreciated.
When you approach an employer, it's a good idea to be prepared with an elevator pitch to introduce yourself. First learn a bit about the organization and what types of opportunities they have available before you launch into your pitch. Clearly state your name, program of study and career mission in a short, concise statement. The more you practice, the more natural and confident you will sound.
NO! It is important to connect with the organizations and learn about them rather than assume they will be interested in you. If you are truly interested in the organization, you should wait in line and engage in a genuine interaction. Career karma is real. Remember: people get jobs, resumes don't.
It’s always smart to send a thank-you note to each organization with which you engaged in a quality conversation. Sent within days, this will gently remind the person of your potential value to their organization and spark continued conversation. Your role is to build your network. Consider asking for their permission to connect virtually through LinkedIn.