Today we have a guest post from Lynn Powers. Lynn is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, and is now a Technology Account Manager at Oracle Headquarters.
I was in the throes of anticipation and excitement as a graduating student in my last semester in college but woefully clueless about how best to start my job search. So I thought the campus career fair will be a good place to practice the art of handing out resume. Little did I know then that doing the first round at the campus career fair was the first important step towards building my career.
As I look back in time, the best advice I would have given myself before going to a career fair was: Be prepared to package yourself as a great communicator with an impeccable resume, dressed in business attire, and a catchy elevator speech. Career fairs provide a batting base to communicate to recruiters that you are a good fit for their teams with your knowledge, skills, and positive attitude.
How do you prepare for your first foray to a job search in a career fair? First, take time to find out what companies are going to be there, then narrow down your focus to at least five target companies. Next, do your research, find out more about the companies you’re interested in. You should be ready when asked: What do you know about us? You should know what the company does, how the company makes money, the company’s valuable players.
Do further research: What makes the company competitive, how is the company different from other companies in the industry. Is the company growing? What are the company’s future plans and how are those plans going to be achieved? With this information, you should not have any problem catching the recruiter’s interest. Once you have picked the recruiter’s interest, switch gear and paint a picture of why you are a good fit. Zero-in on the role you’re interested in and match it up with your knowledge, skills, experience, and how you would fit right in with the company’s roadmap for growth. Last but not least, be enthusiastic, alive, engaging, and confident. Your first foray in a career fair may just be what you need to land your first successful career!
In her short year at Oracle, Lynn has not only has she been able to exceed her numbers in her role as a business consultant, but she has also been able to follow her passion for mentorship. At Oracle, Lynn has spearheaded two new programs: one for new hires and the other for internal mentorship. These two new programs showcase Lynn’s willingness to help others as well as her dedication to her work. Due to her successes with the programs, Lynn has been fortunate to be named a member of the Innovation Committee, where she leads as Mentorship Chair, and directly impacts the Committee’s efforts to enhance corporate volunteer work. In parallel to these interests, Lynn also enjoys speaking at The University of San Francisco, inspiring undergraduates and graduate students to aid in their success in post grad life.
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