The Careers and Employability Centre will hold their Career Opportunities Fair this week.
The event is open to students and graduates from all Universities and gives you the chance to connect with employers and discuss work experience, internship and graduate opportunities.
The fair is of great value to any student interested in their future career. It is never too early to connect with employers to find out the types of graduate roles they have and what they look for from applicants when reviewing CVs and application forms.
We have put together some tips for what you should do in the lead up to and when attending the event:
Check the list of attending employees
By keeping an eye on the list of attending employers, you will attend the fair with knowledge of who will be there. This gives you the chance to make a list of the employers you want to speak to and plan your day. There is a range of employers attending the fair to suit all students and graduates. Those attending include: Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, British Army, Ernst & Young, Farmfoods, KPMG, Lidl, Royal Air Force, Royal Mail, SSE and many more.
Research the employers
It is important that you research the employers attending the fair. This shows you in a good light and that you have taken the time to research, are enthusiastic and want to impress. Having a bit of knowledge of the company also acts as a good conversation starter as you can speak about their projects, or even something that has been in the news.
Update your CV
It is vital that your CV is up to date as this shows employers what you have been up to in your professional career. Don’t forget to include some information on your out of work hobbies and any volunteering work you have done – employers will usually look for this. Although it can be difficult, don’t be afraid to sell yourself.
Print off copies of your CV to give to employers. If you are struggling with your CV, there will be a workshop at the fair from 12.15pm to 12.45pm in N311. The Careers and Employability Centre will also be offering drop-in sessions at the fair to RGU students to help them with their CV.
First impressions count so it is important that you dress appropriately. It won’t be a case of getting out the full tuxedo or your best dress, but you should make sure that you are dressed smartly for the event. Dressing smartly can give you confidence or even the edge over another candidate. Remember, you could be working for the employers you meet, so be sure to make a good impression.
Plan your day and network
When you get to the fair, research where the employers are set up. Also ensure that you have enough time to speak to the attendees and ask the questions that you want answered.
Don’t be afraid to network – strike up conversations with companies and speak to some of the ones you hadn’t planned on seeing – you never know what employability prospects they might have for you.
Remember to sell yourself and be enthusiastic - understand your skills and talk confidently about your degree, projects and relevant work experience.
What else to look out for
There will be some new elements to the Career Opportunities Fair this year including the opportunity to get your photo taken for your LinkedIn profile and get your CV checked by the Careers Team. Visit the Entrepreneurial area to connect with RGU Entrepreneurs and support organisations.
There will also be workshops running throughout the day on topics including interviews, CV’s, LinkedIn and jobs search. View the times of these workshops, which all take place in the Sir Ian Wood Building.