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Virtual Hart School FALL Career & Internship Fair
For Hospitality Management and Sport & Recreation Management Majors

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
11 am - 3:00 pm

We will be hosting our Fall 2020 Hart School Career Fair using a virtual format through Handshake. This decision was made with the safety of our students and employer partners in mind.

What to expect from a virtual career fair

Participating in a virtual career fair is a new and exciting opportunity, and allows the Hart School to continue to provide opportunities for you to connect with employers in spite of the limitations of COVID-19. The virtual fair will be hosted on Handshake, so it will be important to:

Please refer back to the University Career Center as we will continue to provide updates on how to use the Handshake virtual fair platform, how you can prepare for the fair, and other relevant information.

How to register
  1. Log into your Handshake account. Go to the EVENTS tab via top the menu bar.
  2. Select CAREER FAIRS.
  3. Click on the Hart School’s fair page, then select the blue REGISTER button. Be sure to look at employers attending each day, so as not to miss a key employer.
  4. After you’ve registered for the Fair, you can sign up for Group Sessions and 1:1 sessions
    1. Sign up early so you are guaranteed a spot!
    2. Group sessions are 30 minutes long and are an opportunity for employers to give an overview of their organization and answer FAQ’s.
    3. 1:1 sessions are 10 minutes long and are an opportunity for you to connect individually with recruiters.
    4. Read this article to get an overview of how sessions are structured "Signing Up for & Managing Virtual Fair Sessions."
    5. Read this article to learn what to expect the day of the fair "Handshake's Guide to Attending A Virtual Fair."
  5. Update your Handshake Profile.
  6. Upload a current, edited copy of your resume to Handshake.
Preparing for the fair

Note:  Prior to the Fair, you can contact the Hart School’s Professional Development & Employer Engagement Coordinator, Jen Nelson (nelsonjn@jmu.edu)  with questions. Check out JMU’s University Career Center calendar for upcoming workshops and resume review opportunities to help you prepare. 

Resume:
  • Recruiters will see a lot of students, so your resume is a lasting representation of you and your experiences that recruiters will review at the end of the day to determine who to follow up with.
  • Make sure your most up-to-date resume is uploaded to Handshake!
  • Learn more about the basics of resume writing and take a look at sample HM and SRM resumes on the Hart School Career Development Canvas Page.
  • Have your resume reviewed by Jen Nelson, the Hart School’s Professional Development & Employer Engagement Coordinator
Identify Organizations that Interest You:
  • Before the Fair it’s important to look up who’s attending and plan out who you’d like to speak with first.
    • Go to the Fairs page on Handshake to see a full list of employers. If the direct link does not take you there directly from the login screen, log in to Handshake, click on the "Career Events" dropdown, select "Career Fairs", and click on the Hart School Career & Internship Fair link.
    • Enter keywords in the search bar to explore employers and positions by major, industry, or other keywords.
    • Click on an organization name that interests you.
    • To see more detail about open positions from the organization, click the Career Fairs tab within the organization listing.
  • Make a list of the organizations you would like to connect with at the Fair. When you log-in to the Virtual Fair, attend info sessions for the organizations you are most interested in learning about AND sign up for one-on-one meetings with a recruiter from these organizations.
  • Take time to visit with organizations you haven’t considered yet. Employers are recruiting students who have the skills and personality that are a good fit for their organization. The organization may have more opportunities available than they’ve included in the Career Fair listing, so take time to network with different organizations and get the name of the hiring manager for jobs you’re interested in obtaining.
 Your Introduction:
  • You will only have a few minutes with a recruiter, so you want to prepare a succinct statement to introduce and sell your professional self.  
  • Include where you are now (your name, your academic programs, your year), where you have been (prior experiences that qualify you), and where you are going (the type of experience/position you are looking for).  
  • As the conversation with the employer progresses, you can also mention what excites you about working in this field or position, how your interests and skills align with what they might be seeking, or what you’re passionate about. Think about what might set you apart.
  • Need some practice? Record a video of yourself answering interview questions using our InterviewStream service online anytime 24/7.
Prepare Questions to Ask:

As you research organizations, write down your questions so you remember them at the Fair. You can use employer websites, LinkedInCareerBliss, and Handshake to do your research.

  • There’s nothing that makes you look less interested in an organization than not having any questions for them, so do your homework!
  • Keep in mind that your questions should not make the employer feel "put on the spot." You are simply demonstrating your interest in the organization by asking questions that indicate you have done your research on the company.
  • This is not an appropriate time to ask questions about salary, but it’s a great time to ask questions about organization culture, training, and the selection process and timeline.  
  • Create your own questions, but here are some examples:
    • What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?
    • Are graduate degrees important to advance within your organization?
    • Does your organization hire on a continual basis or during specific times of the year?
    • How many years does a typical entry-level employee stay with your organization?
    • Are there opportunities for ongoing training and professional development with this organization?
    • What made you choose to work for this organization?
  • One of the benefits of a Virtual Fair is that you can bring a written list of questions "with you." As long as you maintain eye contact throughout your virtual conversation, employers and recruiters won't know you're referring to notes.
Dress Professionally:
  • Dress professionally, from head to toe, even though your computer's camera may not pick it up. You will act and feel like more of a professional if you're dressed for the role.
  • It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Read more virtual interview attire tips for men and women.
 What to Bring:
  • You’ll want to have a notebook, padfolio, binder, or folder to keep your resume and prepared list of questions organized. 
  • A printed, hard copy of your resume (to refer to during your conversations with employers). You will be nervous and having a list of your work experiences and qualifications in front of you will help you feel more confident and prepared.
  • List of organizations, notes, and questions
  • Pen (so you can take notes)
Talking with Employers

Employers send recruiters to the Career Fair who can speak to students about the organization and available positions. A recruiter’s job is to meet, recruit, and screen potential applicants, so don’t be intimidated. They want to talk with you. Many recruiters are also JMU alumni, which can be a point of connection. Here are some pointers for your conversations with recruiters. 

Introduce Yourself:

  • Maintain eye contact, speak clearly, and as you provide your introduction (as described above).

Listen to the Recruiter about organization and opportunities:

  • After you introduce yourself, the recruiter will describe and provide literature about their organization and opportunities.

Dialogue:

  • The employer will expect that you ask questions, and they will ask you questions.
  • You want to demonstrate confidence, enthusiasm, and interest for the organization.
  • Don’t say anything negative about previous employers or experiences in college.

Offer Resume:

  • Always introduce yourself before offering to email them your resume.

Before Leaving, Ask Employer:

  • For their contact information.
  • The best way to follow up with them.
  • A time frame for their hiring process.

After the Fair:

  • Send thank you emails to recruiters that you spoke with if you are still interested in their opportunities. This can easily set you apart from other candidates!
  • Develop an organizational system to track all of the recruiters and potential job leads you find at the Career Fair and in your job search in general.

Prior to the Fair, you can contact the Hart School’s Professional Development & Employer Engagement Coordinator, Jen Nelson (nelsonjn@jmu.edu) with any questions. And check out JMU’s University Career Center calendar for upcoming workshops and resume review opportunities to help you prepare. 

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