This blog post was written by Peer Career Ambassador, Alex Rabell ‘21
Have you started thinking about what you will be doing next summer? Have you considered gaining experience in a career that interests you? It is a great idea, but how can you make it happen?
The Career Expo! On Thursday, September 26th, 2019 Babson is hosting the Career Expo. This is a unique opportunity where you can learn about different companies, speak to recruiters and network with employees from a variety of companies. There are many companies attending this event, including CVS Health, Converse, Bose, PwC, Pepsico, EY, TJX, AXA Advisors, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Citizens Bank, Staples and many more. But before you attend make sure you prepare and read over the tips listed below.
1. Research 3-5 companies
This includes looking at the positions the company offers. Make sure you have 2-3 questions prepared, questions whose answers can not be found online. You should also conduct some basic research on the product or service provided by the company, the culture, internship program, etc. This will help you have a general idea before you approach employers.
2. Network, Network, Network
The best and easiest way to network is to come prepared with questions, be yourself, bring multiple copies of your resume, and follow-up. Make sure you keep a business card from the employers in the companies you are interested in, so you can follow up with a thank-you email. After that, look for Babson Alumni on Linkedin who work in that company and reach out to them. Ask for a time to chat or to grab a coffee in order to get a better understanding of what working in the company truly entails.
3. Have an open mind
Be open to talking to companies from industries you are not very interested in, you never know what a conversation could spark. Also, do not just visit the large and well-known companies, many times it is in small companies where you get the most hands-on experience and are able to learn the most.
- Sharpen your elevator pitch (tell me about yourself)
- Shake hands firmly, make eye contact, and smile
- Ask for a business card and send a thank you email after the event (within 24hrs)
- Make sure your resume is on point and bring multiple copies
- Dress business professional
- Keep in contact with recruiters from companies that interest you
- Chew gum
- Ask for the job or if the company is hiring (research that before on handshake)
- Monopolize the recruiter’s time
- Interrupt someone who is speaking
There is so much more to attending a Career Expo than just finding a job or an internship. You will learn how to pitch to employers, build and sustain connections, and get a head start in your career journey. I recommend you all to attend and make the most out of it with the tips listed above. Do not forget to breathe, relax and have fun.
Students don’t need to register in advance– just mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!