Job & Internship Expo Prep!

By: Amber McCraw, Career Advising Fellow

Hi all!  Classes are back in session and things for the Career Fellows have kicked into high gear – what a whirlwind it has been!

Amongst a steady stream of appointments, presentations, programs, and classes, our office has also been preparing for the upcoming 2014 Fall Job & Internship Expo. In preparation for this great event, the Fellows have made several presentations to students over the last week to ensure that they get the most out of their Expo experience.  We’ve reached out to everyone from first-year students who will be engaging in this experience for the first time to seniors who will be searching for their first professional position following graduation.  I thought it might be useful to share some of the tips that we’ve presented to students:

  • Before the Expo:
    • Research the companies – We encourage students to utilize the Elon Job Network, LinkedIn, and Google to do research
    • Prioritize and make a list of the companies you are interested in
    • Prepare your resume and bring 15-20 copies
    • Practice your 30-second elevator speech
    • Dress professionally
  • During the Expo:
    • Check to see if new organizations were added
    • Scan the venue map
    • Implement your Expo strategy
    • Listen attentively to employers, take notes, and grab business cards
    • Be prepared to ask questions
  • After the Expo
    • Follow up on promises
    • Pursue job leads
    • Don’t forget to write thank you notes!!

What advice would you add?

We are looking forward to a successful event!

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About Amber McCraw

Amber McCraw serves as a the Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications. Previously, she served as a Career Advising fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before arriving at Elon, she earned an M. Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she worked in Residence Life. Prior to UGA, Amber attended NC State, leaving with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology. As an advisor, she works with students from all majors to help them set and reach their career goals. This includes working with students to update their resumes, practice their interviewing skills, develop their professional brand via LinkedIn, and provide them with resources for the internship and job search.

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