It’s true the Multicultural Career Expo is full of employers seeking diverse talent – but that doesn’t mean you’ll waltz into the ballroom and have someone slip the Cinderella’s slipper of job offers on your foot. You need to be on your game, and we’ve got your game plan.
Check www.multiculturalcareerexpo.com to see which employers are attending. Make a priority list of who to talk to – map out where they’ll set up so you can be efficient – and do your research so you can talk specifics once you’re in front of them. Check openings they’re posting online to target your skills to their needs.
Get a small bag that leaves your hands free for handshakes; fill it with copies of your resume, pen and paper to take notes, and business cards. Wear clothes and shoes that are professional yet comfortable – you’ll be on your feet!
At the Expo, channel your inner extrovert. If that doesn’t come naturally, remember, preparation goes a long way – if you know what you want to say and you’ve practiced, you’re less likely to get tongue-tied. Remember: a confident smile, eye contact and firm handshake go a long way.
After making a lasting impression in person, leave one on paper. Provide your resume, and point out places that reflect the conversation you just had. Ask insightful questions, and thank the recruiter for their attention.
Remember, your job doesn’t end when the Expo does. Within 24-48 hours, send thank you notes to recruiters you met, whether you’re interested or not. Follow up on leads by applying for openings, or, if there aren’t any, by requesting an informational interview. Make connections on Linkedin based on business cards you collected.
A successful Expo experience takes some effort. But with your career at stake, it’s worth it.