How to Prepare for Attending an Expo?
Update your resume
During the expo, you will have options to talk with employers and may have an opportunity to hand your preferred employer a copy of your resume. It is a good idea to update your resume prior to the event.
Do your research
When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the floor plan. You may feel more comfortable if you quickly locate the employers in whom you're most interested.
Your personal "pitch"
Dress the part
Talk to employers - take initiative to start a conversation; don't just stand back and listen to others and hang out with friends; give yourself enough time. Show your interest - ask for a business card.
During the expo, it is good practice to take notes. The representative at the expo may not be able to answer all of your questions or know specifics about your job interests. Write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff in the organisation that a representative may offer you and attempt to contact them later.
Collect resources - make sure you gather relevant resources or know how to access important organisational information after the expo.
Ask quality questions
- From research I’ve conducted, I understand your graduate program is structured across several rotations, can you please explain the structure and rotations in more detail? For example, the length and the type of work.
- What are possible career paths?
- What are the key aspects you look for in new employees (academic results, personal attributes, extracurricular activities and work experience or a combination)?
- I understand your organisation places a lot of focus on learning and development; can you please expand on the type of development within the graduate program?
- What do you view as the benefits and challenges of working for this organisation?
- What strategy has your organisation set for the next 2-3 years?
- What is your role in the organisation? (Know to whom you are talking - a human resources specialist or a technical person.)