10 QUESTIONS for:

Career Fair Success

How should I dress for the Career Fair?

Dress for success! This is a professional opportunity so you should dress appropriately. Suits and close toed shoes are totally appropriate!

What time should I arrive to the fair?

The earlier the better. People get tired so it's a good idea to come early and take full advantage of this networking opportunity. Samuel Worthington, CEO of InterAction, will start the day with a keynote address at 8:30 am in the Irvine Auditorium. Don't miss his career tips; he's a professional alliance builder.

How many organizations will be at the Career Fair?

Last year we had about 80 organizations in attendance and we hope to have about that many as well this year. Check out who is registered to attend this year.

Are there other events happening before the fair?

There will be several workshops happening prior to the Career Fair to help you prepare.  These include resume writing, interviewing, networking and two sessions on how to specifically prepare for the Monterey Institute Career Fair. A few organizations will also be conducting information sessions before the fair. Always check the calendar on ilearn for your daily activities!

What should I bring to the Career Fair?

Resumes, business cards, notebook, writing utensils, MIIS ID Card and a positive attitude! Breath mints encouraged but optional.

How do you really "network"?

Tough question! Everyone is different but it is important to put yourself out there in a respectful way. There is a Develop Your Networking Skills workshop on February 18th with alumni Dayton Hughes and Rose Pucan-Meagor of Developing Human Capital (DHC). Also, check out the career resources on networking and practice the art of networking at MIIS happy hours and other events.

What information do I include in my "elevator pitch"?

When you approach a table, its a good idea to be prepared with an elevator pitch to introduce yourself. Remember to first learn a bit about the organization and what types of opportunities they have available before you launch into your pitch. You should be able to tell someone quickly your name, program of study and career mission in a short, concise statement. To practice, try writing a slogan or tag-line about yourself - less is more!

If there is a long line of people waiting at a table, should I just drop off my resume?

NO! This is a networking and opportunities fair. It is important to connect with the organizations and learn about them rather than just assume they will be interested in you. If you are truly interested in the organization, you should wait in line and have a genuine interaction. Career karma is real and people get jobs, resumes don't.

How can I best prepare for the Career Fair?

Attend our prep sessions, revise your resume (check out sample resumes on Zócalo!), research the companies that are attending, meet with your advisor (before Feb. 18!), practice your networking skills. The day of the fair just remember to eat a good breakfast and sleep well the night before.

    How do I follow up after the fair is over?

    If you made a good connection at the fair, it is a great idea to send a thank-you note to the organization. Sent a few days after the fair, this can also gently remind your new connection how great you are and spark continued conversation. You also might connect virtually through LinkedIn to continue the connection and provide them with an easy way to stay in touch. Remember to always be polite (career karma again!) and not make any harsh demands. They are very busy people and can't always respond as quickly as you might like.