My Career Fair Mindset
Earlier last week I attended one of my first career fairs at my university where I was seriously hunting down an internship.
Going into the career fair I began to doubt its worth and mine. Firstly, my school isn’t ivy-league or on the majority of Fortune 500 companies’ list for campus visits. The second thing that began to bother me was comparing my resume to the other resumes that the recruiters were seeing. To understand my thinking you should know that I am a sophomore Computer Science major. I realized that I don’t have years of technical work experience, neither do I know a plethora of software languages.
Fortunately, I realized what I did have was ambition and drive. I told myself that I would not take “No” for an answer from any recruiter and I would have to be refused offering my resume twice before not providing it.
I am interested in fin-tech so I went around the room looking at all the different financial institutions and software companies and I sold myself. Recruiters told me that they were only looking for juniors, so I asked for the possibility to apply as a sophomore after pitching my experience. Recruiters told me that they were only hiring for full-time graduates, so I settled for the recruiters contact information. Recruiters asked if I had anymore questions, and I asked them to review my resume to help me improve it.
I feel that going into a career fair thinking that your resume or graduation year will be enough is bogus. If you are willing to take the time out to express interest beyond the conventional student you will find recruiters are willing to provide more information so you can get what you need.
Needless to say, I am not certain that I will get an internship from these career fairs. But I think I am certainly more likely to get one by sending follow-up emails and pitching myself like a start-up company would. Don’t you? I’ll keep you updated on any successes that come along.