“The career fair is over and it was a wonderful experience! But,where do I go from here?”
Attending the career fair is such a great experience leaving you inspired and ready to apply to internships and jobs, but how do you start?
First, take a deep breath. The hard part is over.
Now take a look at all of the organizations you spoke to and organize the materials you picked up. Which organizations seem like the best fit for you? Check out each website and explore the opportunities available. You may find that there are a few positions that you would excel at. Now consider, “Which position will I learn the most in?”.
Internships are an amazing opportunity that not only allow you to network with professionals and gain experience, but they offer a unique experience to learn more about an industry as well as maximize your skills. Find that healthy balance where you can positively contribute to the organization but also learn new things and hone your skills.
Now that you’ve narrowed down your organizations- take action!
Not sure how to apply?
Do not worry! After looking on the website and getting more information, reach out to the organization. This is a great opportunity to contact the representative you spoke to at the fair and ask them all about it. Not only will you get the information you need about applying but this is a great way to reintroduce yourself to the representative and show your interest. Be sure to check out our blog on how to follow-up with employers via email: https://career.uconn.edu/blog/2014/11/13/the-follow-up-letter-etiquette/
Now you’re ready to apply! Look for the application requirements and be sure to follow each step carefully. To prepare, explore some of the resources the Center for Career Development has to offer:
- Get your résumé critiqued: Meet with one of our Career Interns for a 20-minute critique offered 10-5pm every day. Be sure to keep in mind what each organization is looking for and tailor your résumé to show each of your strengths.
- Meet with a career counselor about your cover letter: Some organizations may be looking for a cover letter: Come into our office and meet with a career counselor to ensure your cover letter is looking great or to talk to them about any career-related questions you have.
- Do a practice interview: You might have an opportunity to interview with one or more organizations: The best way to prepare is with practice, practice, practice. Come into our office to meet with a career intern and learn some best practices for your big interview!Although your applications might be sent and it feels like all there is left to do is wait, always be on the lookout for your next opportunity! Careers for the Common Good hosts events often where you can learn more about non-profit organizations, what a day in the life of service looks like and much more. Check out the Human Rights Institute for guest speakers and more common-good related academic services or stop by Community Outreach in the Student Union to see how you can get involved with service on campus and in the area.Keep your eyes open, your common good career is just around the corner!
“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” -Minor Myers Jr.