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Agriculture Career Fair

Agriculture Career Fair
Wednesday, October 26
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Great Plains Ballroom - Upper Level Memorial Union
Dress Professionally & Bring your Student ID

50 employers have registered to attend the fair this year.  Follow these steps to ensure a successful experience.

Pre-fair research

  1. Research the companies you are interested in before you get to the fair.
  2. Check out their web site to get a feel for the products or services they offer and try to remember one or two things that you can visit with the recruiter about.
  3. Print out the fair map and make a plan which could include highlighting the booths you want to visit and putting them in order of priority.

Prepare and rehearse your "pitch"

  1. Create a brief sales pitch for yourself that summarizes your abilities.
  2. Rehearse your pitch until it's a strong statement you can deliver confidently to a recruiter.  It should be no longer than two minutes.
  3. Attend "How to Market Yourself" - Tuesday, October 25, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Arikara Room - Memorial Union.  A recruiter from Dow AgroSciences will be presenting.

Dress conservatively, but comfortably

  1. Dress as you would for an interview.  Keep it professional and simple.  Employers will compare your appearance to the rest of the job seekers around you.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes. 
  3. Carry a professional looking portfolio.
  4. The fair is NOT a place for jeans, flip flops, baseball caps or casual dress.  Even if you are not actively seeking a job, your attire leaves an impression on the event.
  5. Check out Dress for Success

Have copies of your resume ready

  1. Some companies will accept your resume at the fair.  Bring plenty.
  2. Some companies cannot accept resumes at job fairs.  They may ask you to submit your resume online to their website.  You can state in a cover letter that you spoke with a recruiter at the fair and that they suggested you submit your resume.

Follow up

  1. Within a few days, follow up with any employer that interests you and has a copy of your resume.  You can send a handwritten note thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest in working for their company.

The fair may seem like a lot of effort.  But it is often the first step in a process that leads to the kind of job you're looking for.  It is a great venue to get practice promoting yourself and creating a positive impression.  It's a way to check out your competition and refine your business etiquette.

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