Ways to Prepare for CID
CID is an excellent opportunity for you to make a strong impression with a
potential employer. It is critical that you are prepared and able to present
a positive professional image. There are several things you can do to prepare
for this event:
CID Preparation Tips
- Set your goals
Why are you attending this event? Do you want to
learn about career paths, establish contacts, find out who is hiring?
- Identify your strengths
You will have a very limited amount of time to
communicate with each representative. Think about your relevant skills, education,
experience, and accomplishments. These may be different for each organization.
- Research the organizations
It is important that you demonstrate to the representatives
that you are specifically interested in their organizations. Check the list of
organizations attending and take the time to read their profiles. Also, most of
the organizations will have links to their websites. This will help you understand
the needs and the goals of the participating organizations. Some of them will be
attending because they wish to accept resumes. Others will be attending to promote
career paths within their organization and future opportunities. By reviewing the
organizations’ needs and priorities, you will be better able to ask relevant questions.
- Prepare questions
The questions you will be asking the representatives
should reflect your goals as well as your research on the organization. Questions
such as "What does your company do? " would demonstrate a lack of research.
A better question to reflect your insight into the organization could
be: "I understand your organization is launching a new product line in China.
How do you feel that will affect your North American production? "
- Plan your approach
You probably won’t have time to visit every booth. As you
review the list of organizations, consider which organizations you wish to visit first.
- Practice what you will say
If you’ve never been to a career fair before, practising
with your friends and family what you will say to the representatives will help make
the process less intimidating.
- Update your resume
Prepare or update your resume. You may even want to
consider having it critiqued. Attend our Resume and Cover Letter workshop
your resume to the Resume Clinic
, or read more on this topic. Remember to make
sufficient copies of your resume for the event. It should be printed on high
quality resume paper.
- Behave positively and professionally
Remember that your behaviour can be observed at
all times. If you are waiting in line, a company representative could observe
what you are saying. It is also very important that you make eye contact and
smile as you are speaking with the representatives.
Important Things to Remember
Make sure you:
- Bring your TCard
- Dress business casual
- Bring your resume
- Ask for business cards from employers
- Don’t bring a backpack