By Masha Tseveen
IBM recruits at top colleges and universities throughout the world. On campus in fall and spring, students can find us at career fairs, information sessions, participating in student organization events and so on. So, what is the best way to present yourself during career events and get noticed by recruiters? To help you get the best out of on-campus career fairs, two of our recruiters, Simone from IBM Europe and Xing from IBM China, are offering their top tips. Without further ado, here are the tips.
Tips from Simone Anna Speidel, University Hiring Lead, IBM Europe
Know what you want. Spend time thinking about your interests and skills. Know your strengths and reflect on what you have accomplished so far. Are you a great communicator? Are you passionate about technology? Do you like analyzing data or do you get excited by design and innovation? It is important to have a strong idea of what interests you most and the type of role you are looking for.
- Don’t be shy. If you are meeting with recruiters don’t be shy. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the company’s people, its culture, and what it is like to work there.
- Be prepared. There are many different ways to learn about companies you’d like to visit at a fair. Facebook, Twitter and career pages are filled with information. Do some research beforehand, and impress recruiters with the knowledge you have. This shows real interest in the company, and allows you to ask targeted questions.
- Choose your questions well. Don’t ask questions you can find the answers for on the company’s webpage. Instead use the opportunity to learn more about a specific job and what skills are needed or discuss the latest news stories you have come across. This specific knowledge can be used in your application to highlight what really matters to the job and to show you understand the company’s values and needs.
- Apply online. You can bring your printed resume to a fair. However you might only find a few companies that will accept it. Most companies expect your application via their online application tools. So does IBM. By applying online your CV will reach the right people right away and will be reviewed in time.
Tips from Michael Xing, Campus Program Manager, IBM Greater China Group (GCG)
Take time to tailor your CV. If you’re lacking work experience, try to highlight your personal skills, examples of your academic achievements, voluntary or extracurricular activities. Provide concrete examples that speak of your commitment and ability to get a job done.
- Dress professionally. How you dress is important and influences other’s perception of you. Go to a career fair dressed like you would for an interview and make a positive first impression.
- Have your elevator speech ready. Be prepared to answer questions yourself. Keep your answers short, highlight your qualifications and experience, and the value you can bring to the company. Make sure you are focused on what is really important and what distinguishes you from the crowd.
- Stay connected. Career fairs are a great opportunity to make new connections. Have your LinkedIn profile updated and ask the recruiters to join your network. This will also help the recruiter to remember you.
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