When you are connecting with employers whether it is on or off campus, it is important to be prepared and create a positive first impression. Formal meet and greet activities such as job interviews, career fairs or events offered through professional associations are typically scheduled in advance and afford you the opportunity to prepare ahead of time. Alternatively, you may find yourself connecting with a potential employer when you least expect it. Should that happen, would you be prepared?
Tips for preparing to meet with employers
Know who you are and what you want
Having a good understanding of you
in terms of your personality, skills, interests, values and career goals is essential. Just as important is your ability to discuss this with employers. If you need help with understanding who you are, consider completing a variety of self assessments
Know your employer
Research is fundamental to any job search. Invest the time into understanding the field you want to work in and the employers you want to work for. Visit the research
section of the website for a list of resources to help you get started.
Prepare your personal documents
Ensure that your cover letters, resumes, portfolio and/or other required materials are up to date and error free. If you need help preparing your personal documents, visit the Career Resource Centre in the Learning Commons or visit the Portfolios and Resumes/CV and Cover Letters sections of the website.
Professional dress and etiquette
First impressions are made in less than 10 seconds. This is often the result of how you look and how you behave. As employers recruit in many ways, you may find yourself involved in different situations such as attending a dinner, playing a round of golf, participating in a group interview or attending a company social. No matter what the circumstance, professional appearance and etiquette are important.
Check out the following links to learn more about professional dress and etiquette: