Preparing for the Careers for the Common Good Career Fair 

It’s that time of year again, the Careers for the Common Good Career Fair is finally here! Our team is ready to help you make a plan of action so that your fair experience is a success.

Is the Careers for the Common Good Career Fair the right place for you?

The first step in preparing for any career fair is to determine exactly what you are expecting from your experience. Careers for the Common Good career paths are catered to individuals who have a passion for “doing good” in their work. This includes a wide variety of jobs focused on making social change. If you are interested in learning more about what common good actually means, click here.

“Doing good” is right for you! Now, what is next?

Once you have determined that you are interested in making a positive social impact through your work, it’s time to start planning for the actual fair. Start off by familiarizing yourself with all the logistics. With many employers attending the fair, it is recommended that you do some research on the employers that interest you prior to the fair. This will help you narrow down a list of who you plan to talk to at the fair. You can find information in HuskyCareerLink to learn about each employer, where they will be located at the fair, and the job and internship opportunities they have posted! You can also see information about which employers are attending the fair in Career Fairs.

Prep time!

After you have a list of potential employers you want to interact with, start mapping out your plan of action. It’s a good idea to start practicing your elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a brief summary of who you are, your skills, and why you are interested in a particular employer or position. You will also want to have a few specific questions you want to ask each employer.
Before the fair, make sure your resume is up-to-date so you can hand it out to all of the employers you meet, this is a great way to leave your mark on each recruiter.

Show time!

Once the day of career fair rolls around make sure you are ready to go! Wear a professional outfit and a big smile, this day is about making connections and great first impressions! Know which employers you want to talk first, be confident, and enjoy the amazing career fair experience!
Remember to relax and breath, this is going to be great!

If you have any questions regarding the Careers for the Common Good Career fair, feel free to contact careersforthecommongood@uconn.edu

By Kristen Barbaris
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