Research companies and schools
There will be over 100 organizations attending the West Coast Virtual Fair in October and over 50 organizations at the one-day UBC Career Day Virtual Fair in November. There are also annual departmental and faculty-specific career initiatives. Practicing quality over quantity is a great way to connect meaningfully with organizations and employers that are of the most interest to you.
Prepare yourself for conversations by asking questions like the following:
- What are this company’s goals and priorities?
- What does this company value or care about?
The more you know about a company the better equipped you are to demonstrate how you will be a good fit with their culture and goals.
Check to see if the employers that interest you have a current job posting on CareersOnline. If they do, write a cover letter and resume targeted to that job and bring them to the fair.
Prepare your questions
There are lots of reasons to attend career fairs. You may be looking for a part-time or summer job, hoping to explore your options, or looking to expand your network.
Identifying what’s motivating you to attend will help you decide who you talk to, what to discuss, and which elements of the event to attend. What would you like to know? What are the key questions you want to ask?
Have your resume reviewed
Career Peer Coaches are trained to help you effectively express important qualifications, characteristics, skills, and experiences, on your resume.
Drop-in at the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers to meet with a Career Peer Coach or book a same day appointment through CareersOnline.
Practice your pitch
The key to standing out in a crowd is to share what makes you unique. Get comfortable communicating about who you are and what you are up to. Remember, confidence takes preparation and practice.
- Join a workshop
Find workshops or practice sessions to work on your networking skills.
- Sign up for The UBC Hub of Ten Thousand Coffees (UBC Hub)
Receive one introduction to a new connection per month to practice your networking. Find more details about The UBC Hub platform and how to sign up.
- Practice having engaging conversations
The key to successful networking is to be as interested in the other person as you are prepared to talk about yourself. Learn how to have an engaging conversation that makes you memorable with this article from the Muse.
- Learn about informational interviews
This networking strategy can help you learn about your career options, access new opportunities, and more.