Career Conference Tips

 Before The Career Conference

Create or update your resume

Attend a resume workshop and review resume information here.

Upload your resume and update your profile on Stout CareerLink

You must do this to access all Co-ops and professional positions.

Identify the day for your major

Review the day for your major by visiting the page here, then select "Day for your major."

Identify the employers looking for your major

Log into your Stout CareerLink account and do the following:
-Select the "Career Events" tab
-From the list of events, identify the day of the conference for your major and select "View Employers"
-Select "Advanced Search" and then add your major.

Note: Do this for the additional day of the conference. You might be surprised at the number of employers looking for your major on that day as well!

Sign up for on-campus interviews

Most employers will want you to visit them at the conference to set up an interview, but some will allow you to sign up for an interview before the conference. Login to your Stout CareerLink account and do the following: 

- Hover over the “On-Campus Interviews” tab

- Select “Schedules Matching Your Qualifications,” click on the positions and follow the sign up instructions

Research the employers you would like to meet

Be ready for the question "what do you know about us?" At a minimum you should know the employer's openings, qualifications, history, size, locations, and products/services.

Get your professional wardrobe ready

You’ll make a better impression if you appear more like a professional and less like a student.

NOTE: Don't bring your backpack; it's bulky, gets in the way of others and shouts "STUDENT" instead of "CANDIDATE."

Prepare and practice your 30 second "elevator pitch"

Make sure to express enthusiasm! Here are examples:

Example 1: Hi I am _______ and I am a junior in retail management here at Stout. I did a lot of research on your organization and I am really excited about the possibility of a career with xxxxx. I noticed in my research that you have co-op opportunities for buyers and that is a career area I am very interested in. Could you please tell me more about this opportunity and also what would be the best way for me to apply for the position?

Example 2: Hi, I’m _______ and I am a senior pursing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in professional sales. I also have a minor in Spanish, and had an internship with Horizon Advertising where I received extensive sales training and contacted new and existing customers. I’m very interested in your sales position. Could you please tell me more about it?

Example 3: Hi, my name is ______and I am a freshman in Business Administration. I’m here at the conference to learn about jobs in my major and how to better prepare myself for my career. Would you have time for a few questions?

Prepare your questions

If you are interested in finding out about a particular career field, ask generalized questions about working in the field.

If you are seeking a career or co-op opportunity with a specific employer, focus your questions on the application and interview process.

See “Questions to ask at the Career Conference” located here.

Bring a writing pad, pen, and enough copies of your resume

You'll be prepared for any quick notes, information, or things to look into after the conference, as well as have enough copies of your resume just in case. 

 During The Career Conference

Be an active participant

Maximize your career conference experience; don’t just browse. If all you do is walk around, take company literature and freebies, you really haven’t accomplished anything. Interact professionally with the recruiters and representatives.

Keep your eyes and ears open

What are others asking? What answers are they receiving? There is nothing wrong with subtle eavesdropping. You might even pick up valuable information in addition to witnessing some real-life career search “do’s and don’ts”.

Don't interrupt

If someone else is monopolizing an employer’s time, try to make eye contact with the employer/recruiter to let them know you are interested in speaking with them. The recruiter may even appreciate your giving them “an out” e.g.: “Excuse me, but I see someone else who has a question”. If all else fails, move to the next booth and make a note to come back later.

Take notes

Make sure to write down any important information you receive from employers. Ask for business cards from anyone who helped you so that you can spell their names correctly when you follow-up. 

 After The Career Conference

Send a thank you!

Send “thank you” letters (within 2 days if possible). Refer to date and location of conference, mention any important specific points discussed so the employer will remember you. Reiterate your qualifications and include any information you neglected to mention. Proofread your letter and let someone else look it over.