If You Go
What: Spring Career Day
When: Noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12
Where: University Center Tennessee Room
Admission: Free for students and alumni with no registration required; employers must register and pay registration fee through Handshake.
On Feb. 12, the University Center’s Tennessee Room will be packed with employers eager to talk with both students and alumni about internship and career opportunities.
The event offers two different sessions—Noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.—drop in whenever it’s convenient for you.
Before you go
University Career Services has a few tips as you prepare for Career Day:
Have your resume written, proofed and printed
Don’t throw your resume together the night before a career fair. This one-page document is a snapshot of your education, experience and accomplishments. It’s crucial that your resume is a professional representation of yourself.
University Career Services offers resume review services. Send you resume via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, submit it with an appointment by calling 423-425-4184 or drop it off in the University Center, Room 315.
Resumes dropped off receive priority. Resumes dropped off by 4 p.m. on any business day are typically available for pickup by 9 a.m. the next business day. Email submissions may take three-four business days to be critiqued.
Look the part
University Career Services recommends business professional attire at this event.
The goal is to draw attention to your knowledge, skills and abilities. Don’t distract by appearing unprepared.
Rehearse your elevator pitch
Practice saying your pitch several times so that you feel confident saying it to recruiters.
Here are a few tips for a strong elevator pitch:
• Keep it short—45 seconds, don’t forget the importance of great eye contact, a smile and enthusiasm
• Solve a problem—Example: “I am studying marketing because I love to engage others in a story. I am competitive and love to work on complicated problems, and your account management position represents a great blend of the two.”
• Read your audience—If someone finds a topic in your pitch to be engaging, it’s fine to talk about that topic a while longer. If you need to create a better connection, don’t be afraid to find a new topic to discuss.
• Make it personal—Share a related story, connect on a commonality and convey your enthusiasm.