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    Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Dont go with someone else.
    Do a scouting lap.
    Do your homework ahead of time. Look up companies that will be there and that you want to intern with.
    Be yourself.


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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Wear lots and lots of cologne. Then find the female representatives.

    Use pickup lines.

    Jean shorts impress.

    Wear sandals so your foot odor won't get bottled up in shoes.

    Always tell them how many beers you can down.


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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    Dont go.
    Do your homework ahead of time. Look up companies that will be there and that you want to intern with.
    Apply on their website, because they won't be taking resumes or scheduling interviews at the career fair.
    Fixed that for you.



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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Wear a Jack Trice jersey and tell them you need a real job because the team is not doing well.


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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    All work and interviews should be lined up ahead of time. The only reason you are there is to introduce yourself. Any company worth a damn will probably have their interview schedule full by the time the doors open.

    Have a conversation with the reps, not a canned speech about yourself.

    During the fair and interviews, get business cards. Follow up the next morning thanking them for the conversation/interview.

    Just remember, most large companies treat the career fair as a gateway to get a real interview (for full time at least).



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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    1.) Iron your khaki pants and blue shirts.

    2.) consider another pant/ shirt combo, because everyone goes with khaki and blue.
    But maybe steer clear of red shirts - especially if you're really pale.

    Sorry, but as an architect, that's all I'm qualified to advise you on. Seriously though, it's good advice.



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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Also dont make stuff up on your resume. Many companies send younger people who recently graduated from ISU that were involved in clubs and stuff and could know if you're making stuff up. (Which is what I'll be doing)



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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    Dont go with someone else.
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    Do your homework ahead of time. Look up companies that will be there and that you want to intern with.
    Be yourself.
    Never attended the Engineering career day but always went to the Ag career day. I landed my job that I am in now last year at the career day during my senior year. I agree with all of what cmj said and will add a couple:

    Unless you are a freshman, wear a suit. Freshman can get by with Khakis and a shirt because they are probably looking for entry level things. You don't want to miss out on a good job because you made a bad first impression.

    Go early. I always tried to be there within the first half hour. By the end of the day the companies have seen and talked to so many people that things run together. They are more likely to remember you if you were one of the first ones they talked to. Not to mention interview slots fill up fast, going early gives you the best shot at getting a time that fits your schedule.

    Take more resumes than you think you need. I always took 10-15. Almost everybody you talk to will ask for one.

    Go to a booth that you may not necessarily be interested in first as a "warm up". Don't go right up to the company you want to work for as your first contact. It always took me a couple of booths before I was on my game.



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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
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    best advice in this thread by far. Thanks WesleyBot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyArob View Post
    Also dont make stuff up on your resume. Many companies send younger people who recently graduated from ISU that were involved in clubs and stuff and could know if you're making stuff up. (Which is what I'll be doing)
    So if I say I was on the football team as a practice player, what would happen?


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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    I won't be recruiting this year but I have in past years. My number one piece of advice is don't just hand me your resume and stand there. Say something to introduce yourself and maybe something about the company (or hell, anything) while I'm giving it a quick scan. My second piece of advice is that if you answer every one of my questions with 1-2 words your resume is going to the bottom of the pile. You have about 30 seconds to a minute to make a positive impression and stand out among a couple hundred people. SAY SOMETHING! ANYTHING!

    Third: You aren't fooling anybody by leaving off your GPA. If you have a bad GPA own it and show me why I should give you an interview anyway.



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    Re: Engineering Career Fair a Week Away

    Be yourself and be sincere. Most of the company reps are using Engineers' Week to sell students on their company as well as looking for potential employees. Ask a lot of questions and enjoy the conversations you have with the reps. Take the process seriously, you never know what may come of it. My senior year, I talked to a lot of companies. One of them was Ford. I had a brief conversation with a rep at Engineers' Week and left my resume. It was nothing special, but that brief conversation turned into a phone interview, a plant trip and my first job.



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