In-Person Career Events: How to Prepare

In-person events, how we have missed them! Now that campus is finally warming up and more employers are becoming comfortable with recruiting in-person, it’s crucial that students get ready to interview and interact with companies on-campus. We’re all excited to get back to pre-pandemic events, but every company has a different comfort level with being in-person, so just be conscious of that and do get pumped up for virtual events as well! However, if some upcoming events that interest you are in-person, do these three things to prepare for them:

  1. Bring or buy business casual and business professional attire!
    1. It’s super important to have appropriate clothing for interviews and more formal events. While having a semi-nice shirt was very appropriate for Zoom, going back to more professional attire (even for pants, unfortunately) is the best practice.
    2. You don’t have to go crazy with your professional attire budget! There are frequently great sales at department stores like Macy’s… but don’t forget. You truly really only need a few staple pieces (it’s not like you’ll be attending the same company’s event over five times during a semester or even talking to the same representatives). Even then, it’s difficult to recall a time when an employer remembered exactly what a candidate was wearing. Employers just want to see the effort that goes into following an appropriate dress code, so use your best judgment!
  2. Print out many copies of your resume and don’t forget your padfolio.
    1. Just in case employers want a physical copy of your resume as they have in the past, it’s great to bring a few copies to every in-person event. Even if you don’t end up giving them out, it’s good to refresh yourself with what’s on your resume and have a quick cheat sheet for starting and continuing conversations!
    2. Your padfolio is such an important tool throughout your attendance at events! You can participate in note-taking and get so much contact info from representatives attending these events. A padfolio will make your life a lot easier throughout recruitment – it is a great interview accessory for anybody.
  3. Practice your handshake… maybe?
    1. Different comfort levels mean that there will probably be some employers that strongly believe in the tradition of shaking your hand. If you are comfortable with this, it’s a great way to connect to someone when you first meet them.
    2. Since many of us have not shaken hands in so long, it’s a good idea to practice with friends before you shake an employer’s hand at an event. 
    3. Just to be on the safe side, make sure to wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer! Stay safe, Falcons!
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