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.
- Research the companies you are interested in before you get to the fair.
- 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.
- 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"
- Create a brief sales pitch for yourself that summarizes your abilities.
- Rehearse your pitch until it's a strong statement you can deliver confidently to a recruiter. It should be no longer than two minutes.
- 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
- 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.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Carry a professional looking portfolio.
- 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.
- Check out Dress for Success
Have copies of your resume ready
- Some companies will accept your resume at the fair. Bring plenty.
- 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.
- 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.