How to be Career Fair-Ready: A Day-By-Day Guide Before the February Fairs

Several attendees listen to a recruiter at the Fall 2017 Career Fair at Coleman Coliseum.
Several attendees listen to a recruiter at the Fall 2017 Career Fair at Coleman Coliseum.

We’re days away from the Spring 2018 Career Fairs at Coleman Coliseum. Are you prepared? Act now to be career fair-ready!

The Technical and Engineering Career Fair will be Tuesday, Feb. 20, and the General Interest and Business Career Fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 21. Each fair will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum, and registration is available at ua.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/3595/. We’re highlighting the following events to help you have a successful Career Fair experience:

Thursday

Last day for: Short and Sweet Resume Critiques

Crimson Career Closet: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. From pieces and accessories to complete ensembles, the Crimson Career Closet can outfit you to impress recruiters. Located in 3607C Ferguson Student Center, next to the Career Center main office, our friendly staff can help you find the clothing you need, which you can borrow for free. Make an appointment for a fitting or drop in.

Short and Sweet Resume Critique: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Is your resume in good shape? To be sure, stop by the Career Center for a quick review. Enjoy a sweet treat while you’re here! No appointment necessary.

Crash Course 2/15: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Whether it’s your first time attending a career fair or you simply want a refresher, the Career Fair Crash Course will help you make the most of your experience. We’ll cover topics like how to prepare for the career fair, what to wear, how to introduce yourself, and secrets for successfully following up with recruiters.

Friday

Last day for: RSVP for pre-printed name tag / Career Fair Crash Courses

Name tag RSVP deadline: 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Register for the Career Fairs before this deadline to get a pre-printed name tag to pick up at Career Fair check-in.

Crimson Career Closet: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crash Course 2/16: Friday, Feb. 16, from 1-1:45 p.m.

Saturday

Students can prepare for success by doing the following:

  • Research companies attending the Career Fair in Handshake with the Employers List.
  • Check out upcoming on-campus events such as company information sessions listed in Handshake Events.
  • Read up on interview skills, appropriate attire, and more topics related to the Career Fairs on our website under the Develop tab.

Sunday

Last day for: Registering for Mock-Interview Monday

Registration deadline for Mock-Interview Monday: 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Get some easy, no-pressure interview practice Feb. 19 with a 20-minute session with our staff. Log into Handshake and navigate to the Jobs tab (https://ua.joinhandshake.com/postings). Search for “Mock Interview Mondays,” select the posting listed, and select “Apply.” Those with Handshake accounts that meet minimum profile completeness will immediately be directed to select an interview time.

Monday

Last day for: Mock-Interview Monday (pre-fair) / Registering for Career Fair Previews

Career Fair Preview registration deadline: 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19. Choose from Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.

Crimson Career Closet: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mock-Interview Monday: 8:40 a.m.-4:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.

Resume Review: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays. Undergraduates can drop in for resume review in the main office (3400 Ferguson Student Center).

Tuesday

Crimson Career Closet: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Career Fair Preview: 9-9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Coleman Coliseum.

Technical and Engineering Career Fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Coleman Coliseum.

Diverse Reverse Career Fair: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Bryant Conference Center. For selected diverse student organizations.

Wednesday

Crimson Career Closet: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Career Fair Preview: 9-9:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Coleman Coliseum.

General Interest and Business Career Fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Coleman Coliseum.

Preparation Events for the Spring 2018 Career Fairs

Students and recruiters mingle at the 2017 Fall Career Fair.

Updated to show Prep and Pops event is extended through Wednesday, Feb. 14, latest information on Mock-Interview Mondays, and the deadline to RSVP for preprinted nametags for the Career Fairs (8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16).

The Spring 2018 Career Fairs are coming soon, and we want to make sure you feel best prepared to impress recruiters when you attend.

The Technical and Engineering Career Fair will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and the General Interest and Business Career Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21. Both fairs will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum, and registration is available at ua.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/3595/.

We’re offering the following preparation events to help you have a successful Career Fair experience. Register for the following through Handshake Events or by clicking on the event titles.

Career Fair Crash Courses

Whether it’s your first time attending a career fair or you simply want a refresher, the Career Fair Crash Course will help you make the most of your experience. We’ll cover topics like how to prepare for the career fair, what to wear, how to introduce yourself, and secrets for successfully following up with recruiters.

Crash Course 1: Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4-4:50 p.m.

Crash Course 2: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 12:30-1:20 p.m.

Crash Course 3: Friday, Feb. 16, from 1-1:45 p.m.

Career Chats

Join us in the Career Center main office, Room 3400 of the Ferguson Student Center, for one of these midday workshops on resumes and interviewing before the Career Fair.

Resume Excellence: Friday, Feb. 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Interviewing Skills and Strategies: Tuesday, Feb. 13, from noon-12:40 p.m.

Prep and Pops presented by the Crimson Career Closet

Being prepared is its own reward. Getting a popsicle for it? That’s extra sweet. Get your Career Fair outfit early from the Crimson Career Closet on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and receive a free treat from Steel City Pops in 3607C Ferguson Student Center while supplies last.

Prep and Pops: Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details at the Crimson Career Closet webpage.

Short and Sweet Resume Critiques

Is your resume in good shape? To be sure, stop by the Career Center for a quick review. Enjoy a sweet treat while you’re here! No appointment necessary.

Short and Sweet Resume Critique: Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Short and Sweet Resume Critique: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Career Fair Previews (pre-fair walk-throughs)

The Career Fair Preview offers students a chance to hear tips from employers before the career fair opens. Employers will share what impresses them and how students can make the most of their conversations. Business casual or business professional attire required.

Career Fair Preview 1: Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 9-9:50 a.m.

Career Fair Preview 2: Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9-9:50 p.m.

Mock-Interview Mondays

Get some easy, no-pressure interview practice through a 20-minute session with our staff. Appointment slots start as early as 8:40 a.m. and the last begins at 4:35 p.m., so choose a convenient time and Champion Your Career!

Log into Handshake and navigate to the Jobs tab (https://ua.joinhandshake.com/postings). Search for “Mock Interview Mondays,” select the posting listed, and select “Apply.” Those with Handshake accounts that meet minimum profile completeness will immediately be directed to select an interview time.

Other Ways to Prepare

Aside from our fair-specific events, students can also prepare for success by doing the following:

  • Talk with a career consultant or peer advisor for personal advice on how to best prepare for the Career Fair.
  • Register for the fair before 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, by visiting the Handshake event page and choosing “Join Event” to ensure you receive a pre-printed name tag the day of the fair.
  • Research companies attending the Career Fair in Handshake with the Employers List and through on-campus events such as company information sessions listed in Handshake Events.
  • Read up on interview skills, appropriate attire, and more topics related to the Career Fairs on our website under the Develop tab.

Senior Send-off to honor Fall 2017 graduates on Dec. 6

Celebrations to be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Fall 2017 Senior Send-off Celebration will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The main event will be hosted in the Great Hall of the Ferguson Student Center, with duplicate events hosted in the Career Center satellite offices in Bevill, Bidgood, and Reese Phifer halls. Refreshments including s’mores will be served, and graduating seniors will have the chance to complete the First Destination survey and win special “Hired” and “Champion Your Career” T-shirts. College-specific events will be in 1000 Bevill, 249 Bidgood, and the Student Lounge in 103 Reese Phifer at the same time.

RSVP for specific locations using the following links:

First Destination Survey offers incentives for all reporting graduates

As new graduates prepare to enjoy the rewards of completing their academic journeys, the Career Center would like to ask you about your job search and/or graduate school pursuits, as this information allows the department to more effectively serve you, your fellow alumni, and future students.

The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete, and individually identifiable information is never shared with outside agencies. To help us with your participation, please visit https://ua.joinhandshake.com. Using your myBama credentials to log in, navigate to “First Destination Survey” under the Career Center drop-down menu at the top of your Handshake account page to access the form. Graduating students who complete the survey are eligible to receive a T-shirt from the Career Center, including the “Hired” elephant and “Champion Your Career” shirts. For more information, email the Career Center or learn more about the collected data on our First Destination page.

Reminders about career sevices for new alumni

As a newly minted alumnus, you can still take advantage of services offered at the Career Center. If you are still seeking employment or graduate school admission, make an appointment to talk with a consultant by calling our main office; you can also search hundreds of active job postings from across the country and keep up with career-related events through Handshake.

Improve your profile with LinkedIn’s professional advice

Screenshot of LinkedIn tip sheet
LinkedIn offers tip sheets on successfully using the platform, including one titled Tailoring Your LinkedIn Profile to Your Goals.

LinkedIn, sponsor of the Like A Pro College Tour event held at The University of Alabama on Nov. 20, 2017, is offering comprehensive advice for new and experienced users of its professional network service.

Representatives on campus in the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall met with students to provide one-on-one evaluations of individual’s LinkedIn profiles, and also offered professional headshots and group consultations with event co-sponsor P&G. Networking information provided at the Like A Pro event are available through the Career Center, in the main office in 3400 Ferguson and on its website at career.ua.edu.

Flyers include:

Additional information about LinkedIn can be found at www.linkedin.com, students.linkedin.com, and www.linkedin.com/alumni. The Career Center also offers resources on networking and job-search strategy under its Connect section at career.ua.edu/connect.

To meet with a career consultant for personal coaching on your career plan, make an appointment through Handshake or stop by the Career Center office during normal business hours.

‘Like A Pro’ tour Capstone stop is Nov. 20

Like A Pro Tour presented by P&G and LinkedIn
The “Like A Pro” Tour will be on campus Monday, Nov. 20, in the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall.

The “Like A Pro” College Tour will be appearing at The University of Alabama as part of a nine-stop tour of the Southeast, empowering students to be competitive job-seekers by offering the opportunity to interact with executives from sponsor companies P&G and LinkedIn.

Activities including hourly chats, one-on-one executive appointments, professional headshot sessions, and promotional giveaways will be from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, in the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall.

The Like A Pro sessions can help develop one’s personal brand and provide preparation for professional interviews and other endeavors. The tour’s College Network Group offers advice and collaboration among the participating Southeast schools.

Students may RSVP for the Like A Pro tour by joining the event listing in Handshake (ua.joinhandshake.com).

One-on-One and Small Group Consultations

Discussions with LinkedIn/P&G executives and alumni will take place by appointment. From tactical profile building and networking advice to securing your first internship/job “bringing your whole self to work,” coaches will be able to cover a range of topics.

Executive Presentations

Each hour will feature a 15-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A with senior LinkedIn/P&G executives. Topics to be covered include “Building the Brand of You,” activating LinkedIn, getting started with networking, and more. Between classes, videos from professionals speaking about “What I Would Tell My Younger Self” will be shown.

Photo and Primp Area

A photographer will be on site to provide free headshots for students for professional use. During photo prep, stylists will be on hand to give tips on meeting with future companies regarding internships and jobs, and a selection of P&G’s Everyday products will be on display.

Questions regarding the event may be directed to Schernavia M. Hall.

4 Easy Ways to Prep for the 2017 Fall Career Fairs

Our Career Fairs are coming up on Sept. 27-28! We want you to attend, and have a good time by coming prepared. See the event on ua.joinhandshake.com and click through our links for info on the fairs, attending companies, and workshops like Crash Courses and previews to get you ready for employers to #ChooseAChampion.

We’re one week out from the upcoming Fall 2017 Career Fairs, and we want you to be prepared and attend! The General Interest and Business Career Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, and the Technical and Engineering Career Fair will be on Thursday, Sept. 28. Both fairs will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum. We hope you will join us, especially as we anticipate a record number of recruiters and recruiting companies to attend this event to network with you.

2017 Fall Career Fairs button
The 2017 Fall Career Fairs at Coleman Coliseum are Sept. 27-28.

Students can use their Handshake accounts to see which employers are coming by viewing the Career Fair event page at https://ua.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/1868. Students can also click “Join Event” to ensure they’ll receive a pre-printed name tag, and they can “Favorite” employers as they decide which booths they most want to visit. We will also be offering several Career Chat workshops to help students prepare; these can be viewed on Handshake and on our calendar at career.ua.edu.

We’re offering the following resources to help you have a successful Career Fair experience:

RSVP for a polished pre-printed name tag

Select “Join Event” on the event page (https://ua.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/1868) by Sunday, Sept. 24, to get a pre-printed name tag when you check in at the fair! Make sure your graduation date and preferred name are correct before you RSVP by going to your student profile.

Get your resume reviewed

Be all-around career fair-ready by coming to our Career Chats, resume reviews, and headshot sessions in 3400 Ferguson Student Center. For more information on these offerings, see the event listings in our calendar located at https://career.sa.ua.edu/events/. If you’re not able to get a Career Center staffer to review your resume, check out our resume tips here on our website at https://career.sa.ua.edu/develop/resume-development/.

Research each attending company

Find out about the organizations attending the Career Fairs on the event page under “View Employers.”

Get further prepared with previews and other resources

If you’re nervous about attending a Career Fair, come to a Career Chat in 3400 Ferguson to learn what you need about preparing for the event. Career Fair Crash Courses are offered at the following times:

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18
  • 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25

We’ll also have Career Fair Previews an hour before each fair; arrive at Coleman Coliseum at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, or Thursday, Sept. 28, for a tour of the concourse and speak with a few employers in a casual setting. Register for these preview events in Handshake.

You can also read up on interview skills, appropriate attire, and more topics related to the Career Fairs on our website under the Develop tab, and if you need help assembling an interview outfit, stop by the Crimson Career Closet for free assistance with professional clothing.

Career Center Preps for Attire For Hire Fashion Show (with photos)

Staff and students are busy ironing, sorting, and prepping for Tuesday night’s Attire For Hire Fashion Show, a networking event that officially debuts the Career Center’s new Crimson Career Closet, a free lending service dealing in professional clothing.

The Attire For Hire grand opening event starts at 6 p.m., with time for food and networking ahead of the fashion show main event, in the Great Hall of the Ferguson Student Center. Attendees are asked to come wearing “snappy casual” attire.

Walk-in hours and appointments for the Crimson Career Closet will resume Monday, Sept. 18; appointments can be made in Handshake (ua.joinhandshake.com).

Photos of prep inside the Crimson Career Closet are in the following gallery. Enjoy!

 

 


Related links

Crimson Career Closet: https://career.sa.ua.edu/resources/crimson-career-closet/
Make an appointment in Handshake: https://ua.joinhandshake.com
Career Center suggested guidelines for professional attire: https://career.sa.ua.edu/develop/professional-etiquetteattire/#prof3

Handshake Launch Party Gallery: Instax Square Photos

Students and other attendees of Wednesday’s Handshake Launch Party were treated to prizes, ice pops, and instant photo fun with our new Instax Square camera. The Career Center is pleased to host the digital files online, and students interested in a printed keepsake can come to the Career Center main office in the Ferguson Student Center to request an instant photo. Enjoy, and #ChampionYourCareer with Handshake!



Related links

Career Center announces new Handshake platform: https://career.sa.ua.edu/about/news/about-handshake/
Handshake direct login for students: https://ua.joinhandshake.com
Handshake on-boarding resources: http://teachme.joinhandshake.com

Students Sought for New Career Center Advisory Board

Students are being sought to participate in the first Career Center Student Advisory Board, a group that will help shape the future of career services at The University of Alabama.

Students from all academic disciplines who are interested in participating on the 2017-18 advisory board are encouraged to apply by visiting https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6QECionYR9w75n7 starting Monday, Aug. 28.

Questions can be directed to career@ua.edu with subject line “Student Advisory Board.”