I knew I had to be on top of my game, but I had never experienced anything even coming close to a career fair so it was a bit of an enigma. I prepared for the fair by starring the companies on the list that most appealed to me- Eileen Fisher, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, J. McLaughlin, etc. This “starring” was followed by researching each company to see what their missions were, and to see if there were any positions that appealed to me and were currently available. Besides this, I updated my resume, chose a fashionable and professional outfit and made sure my hair and makeup were as flawless as a somewhat nervous, somewhat college grad could do.
Once I stepped into the fair I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and booths but I had a game plan in mind and was going to stick to it. Although Eileen Fisher representatives were absent, I was able to redirect my attention to companies that were next up on my list.
The experience of the career fair reminded me of what I may expect of speed-dating. I felt like I was doing a two minute promotion of myself, which became easier as I went down my list of companies. The nervous, red-in-face self that I was doing my best to hide suddenly disappeared altogether. My confidence peaked when I met with J.McLaughlin representatives who I instantly cliqued with- it seemed like they already had a position in mind for me.
Business cards, a new level of confidence, a better idea of the companies- that is what I came out of the career fair with. It was absolutely helpful to begin the job search with this job verision of speed-dating; it flung me into the arena. I am anxious to see what happens next!