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Are you career fair ready?

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Tips to know before going to the Virtual Career and Internship Fair

SPC Career Services is hosting its first Virtual Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, October 28 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Student registration will be opening soon.  Be sure to register early to connect with employers you want to pursue or learn more about. Employer sessions, group, and one-on-one, spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check back often new employers are being added daily.

Below are some general tips to help you navigate the virtual career and internship fair.

Before the Fair:

  • Know who will be there. Look over the list of attendees on Hire SPC Titans powered by Handshake and identify the organizations you are most interested in pursuing. Do some research on the companies and register for their group or one-on-one sessions during the fair. Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer. Check back often, new employers are added daily.
  • Have your elevator pitch ready.  On a drop of a dime, you should be able to describe yourself, your work history, and your intentions regarding employment with an organization. In addition, you should be able to describe specific experiences where you demonstrated your strengths; examples make you a stronger candidate. Practice your pitch with Career Services or a friend using a virtual platform such as Zoom or teams.
  • Have an up-to-date employer ready resume and a completed Hire SPC Titans profile. Make sure that it highlights your most marketable skills. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment with a Career Services professional to review your résumé.
  • Prepare your space. Identify an area that is well-lit, quiet, and clean.
  • Test your equipment (computer, microphone, network connection, and webcam) and ensure it is working properly. Have a back-up plan.
  • Attend Career Services Events to help you prepare.

During the Fair:

  • Dress to impress. We encourage students to attend the career fair in business professional attire. 
  • Be cognizant of your body language. Make eye contact and smile when introducing yourself. Try not to fidget or look around when speaking or listening.
  • Speak with confidence and a pleasant tone. It is important to speak slowly and clearly. Be sure not to talk over the other person – give them time to finish asking or answering a question before speaking. Answer questions confidently and definitively.
  • Keep it short, but be prepared to chat.  If you are using the chat function during the virtual fair, keep it professional. Avoid using slang, emoticons, or acronyms (ex. LOL, UR) in your chats, and refer back to the questions you prepared before the fair. During a group session, give other students the chance to get their questions answered before asking additional questions.
  • Get contact information. Write down the representatives’ names that you want to talk to after the fair.  It’s also okay to ask about the hiring procedure/timeline; you want to make sure you’re doing it right.

After the Fair:

  • Follow up. Send a follow-up thank you letter or email along with your resume. Take advantage of this opportunity to reiterate how your skills and experience match their needs. Connect with the representative on LinkedIn with a personalized note.  When submitting your cover letter, reference the representative you met at the fair in the first paragraph of your cover letter.  
  • Maintain contact. Companies are busy doing what they do and may not respond to you right away. It is okay to send a reminder if you haven’t heard anything in a few days. Better yet, find an article based on what you discussed at the fair, or related to the organization’s industry, and send that along with your email. It shows that you are genuinely interested in their work and actually paid attention.
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Tips to Help Nail Your Virtual Interview

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Are you prepared for your next interview? How about a virtual interview using online platforms such as Zoom or Skype? There are a lot of similarities between in-person and virtual interviews, but there are also some key differences that you’ll want to keep in mind while you are preparing.


Download the necessary technology beforehand and test it out. Try it out with a family member, a friend, or the SPC Career Services team. Yes, we help with mock interviews!

Anticipate that your technology may not work. Let’s face it, there are times when technology just doesn’t want to work, and it usually seems to happen when we need it the most. You can prepare for this by supplying the interviewer with your phone number and making sure you write the interviewer’s/company’s phone number down on a piece of paper so it is easily accessible if your internet is down.

Doing this will not only help you combat your anxiousness if a technology meltdown happens but more importantly, it shows the interviewer you are prepared for the unexpected.

At an in-person interview, you are typically in a conference room or office space. Variables such as lighting, background noise, or loud employees are out of your control. With a virtual interview you can control your setting, so use it to your benefit.

Minimize Distractions

Try to avoid, as much as possible, loud areas such as coffee shops or shared spaces. Too much noise is distracting. You want to be sure the interviewer can hear everything you have to say.

Put the focus on you, not your things. Find a clutter-free space to sit in front of. Busy backgrounds or messy spaces can be a distraction to the interviewer.

Appearance and Body Language

Take advantage of good lighting! Do not sit with a window behind you, as this can cause shadows and turn you into an unrecognizable silhouette. Sitting opposite a window will allow for good natural lighting.

  • Dress professionally. Wear exactly what you would wear if you were meeting the employer in-person.
  • Focus your eyes on the camera, not the screen. This may not feel natural, so practice beforehand.
  • Sit up straight and remember to smile!

Additional Tips

  • Be early, but not too early. Logging in two to three minutes before the interview is scheduled to begin is perfect.
  • Similar to an in-person interview, research the company beforehand. Having notes handy is ok, however, you do not want to rely on them.
  • Don’t forget to follow up. Thank you notes are an essential piece to any interview whether it is in-person or virtual.

If you would like to set up a virtual mock interview, you can schedule an appointment in Handshake or you can reach out to an SPC Career Services team member directly.