21 Jan College Girls Guide: College Career Fairs
Tips to Putting Your Best Foot Forward at College Career Fairs
There’s not better feeling than knowing you completely aced that interview, landed a new connection at the college career fair, or finally scored that internship you’ve been pining after all semester. These days, knowing how to network and present yourself in a professional setting is imperative. Make sure that you put your best foot – or heel – forward with these five tips on making a lasting impression.
Keep your makeup simple with just a little foundation, lipstick, and neutral tones. Your makeup should look neat and simple – a minimalist, yet professional approach is always a plus – you don’t want your makeup to distract from your winning personality! Aside from makeup, make sure you smile, hold eye contact, and make use of warm and inviting facial expressions. The only thing better than a good first impression, is a long-lasting one.
2. Power Outfit
Whether it’s that grey Ann Taylor pencil skirt, or that silk blouse from Banana Republic, make sure your outfit is simple and professional. Again, a minimalist approach is preferable, but don’t be afraid to sneak in a little accessory that exemplifies your personality! For fashion on a college budget check out this post ;)
Exude confidence and present yourself like the beautiful, well-rounded, and accomplished woman that you are! Give yourself a little self-esteem booster by telling yourself that you’d make a fantastic intern (because you most certainly will). Additionally, never underestimate the power of good posture, and a strong handshake!
4. Know your Pitch
“Why do you want to be a part of this company, and what attributes can you bring?” Don’t know where to start? Even though this tends to be the most anxiety-inducing question, you can beat the panic by making up a quick, 30 second pitch. Outline who you are as a professional woman, what you hope to accomplish, and skills you’ve garnered overtime. You’ll avoid a tongue-tied moment, make an efficient statement, and leave your interviewers with a good sense of your abilities.
5. Be Assertive
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and inquire about things like stipend availability, college credit, and preferable work hours. Make it clear what you hope to get out of the provided opportunity so that you can make sure that this internship is the best fit for you. Lastly, even if you’re not exactly what a hiring manager is looking for, don’t hesitate to pass of your resume anyways. You never know what other opportunities could arise.
Written by: Valencia Scott