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Ace the Career Fair

Emily Bennington | CareerRealism


Demonstrate leadership: You are also being judged on your leadership potential. Since you probably don’t have any real career experience yet, this will be evaluated by how you’ve spent your time on campus. Have you assumed any leadership roles within a student organization? Do you have any volunteer experience? What interests or passions do you have outside of your classes that could demonstrate leadership ability, e.g. mission trips, sports teams, etc.? Employers know if you can lead in any of these capacities, then those skills readily translate into the office environment.

Etiquette: Finally, candidates who ascend to “Rock Star” status understand the basics of etiquette. This is not just about showing up on time. It’s about standing to shake the hand of your interviewer(s), addressing them as “Mr. or Ms.” and – very important – following up with a post-meeting thank you note or e-mail. These days success is heavily-reliant on interpersonal skills, meaning having superior manners is more than just a courtesy. It’s good business.



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