Looking for an entry-level job?
April 29, 2014
NLU Atrium, 2nd Floor
122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
Why should I go?
NLU's 2014 graduates and alumni will have the opportunity to:
- Network with employers seeking NLU graduates to fill entry-level roles in business, human services, non-profit, education support, and other industries;
- Learn how to effectively navigate employers' online applications;
- Find new organizations seeking your skills and experiences.
Do I need to do anything before the Expo?
- Career Expo - Prep Kit for more information on what to expect, how to prepare your resume, and how to craft your elevator speech!
- Research is key in ANY job search, but when it comes to a career expo, research is what will set you apart from the crowd. Pressed for time? Pick your top 5 organizations, do the research, and then add more organizations as you can.
- Develop questions to ask the recruiters. It is up to you to keep the conversation going. For example, ask questions about your application-- what qualities are your district principals looking for in their teachers? You can also ask questions about
- Prepare a 30-60 second pitch using the Building Your Branding Statement worksheet so that you can convey who you are, your relevant training and experiences, your areas of focus, and why you are unique. This is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and to express your interest in them. Think about how your education or experience relates to the organization's needs.
How long should I spend talking to each employer?
In a job fair setting, the interaction should be brief (5-7 minutes). The intent is to provide an outstanding first impression and, if you fit the needs of the district or agency, possibly get invited to an onsite interview. Do not be discouraged if the conversation is short - the professional(s) in attendance are very adept at getting the information they need from you in a concise period of time.
What do I wear?
Employers say first impressions count, so give some thought to what you wear.
What do I do when I get there?
- Familiarize yourself with the layout: take a minute to review the Fair booklet and room map.
- When you’re ready, head for your first school, introduce yourself with a smile and firm handshake, then begin your 30-60 pitch.
- If you’re feeling nervous or need a break, stop by the Career Development Office table… we can asnwer your questions and give you a pep talk.
- After each conversation with a recruiter, take a minute to write down the topics of conversation on the back of the recruiter's business card so that you have some tidbit to include in your thank you note.
What do I bring to the Fair?
- Multiple copies of your resume
- Pen, notebook
When speaking with recruiters you'll want to have your resume readily available. If you’re asked for them, you’ll present yourself as a prepared job seeker and serious candidate.
Still have questions?
Contact us to schedule a one-to-one appointment either in-person or over the phone. We are excited to help you succeed!
Check back as we will build a list of employers set to recruit at the NLU Spring Career Expo!