Fairs are an excellent opportunity to network with representatives about opportunities within their organizations, as well as the type of skills, experience, and education required for these positions. At the Fair, each employer will have a booth so you can talk with their representatives about their company. During the information sessions, employers will present more information to students about their company and may also provide more detail on positions available and how to apply. The reception allows a more relaxed opportunity to chat with employers (including some recent graduates), faculty, and other students.
What is involved with the Career Conversations (Speed Networking)?
In addition to meeting employers at their booth and the reception, certain employer representatives will be available to meet one-on-one for 20 minutes with students for “Career Conversations” happening during the Fair. When you register, if you wish to participate, you will indicate your preferences for employers participating that you might wish to meet. You will be notified of the employer and time that is scheduled in advance. You should make sure to research the employer and prepare any questions you might have. The employer also will ask you some questions. Note, that this is about a networking opportunity and the employer may not have a specific position available at this time. Spaces are very limited so register early to not be disappointed! If you do register for Speed Networking, show up 5 minutes early.
To find out when and where the Employers have their Information Sessions and if they will be speed networking, click: Accounting & Finance Career Fair Employer Program
Do students need to register for this event?
To attend the Accounting and Finance Fair, students will be required to register in advance. The deadline to register is Monday, September 11th at 11:59 pm for all events. Note that there is limited space for the reception, career networking, and information sessions. There is no cost for students to attend the Fair events except for the Wine & Cheese Reception ($10).
To register, you can CLICK HERE!
Should I bring a resume to a fair?
Yes, bring a few! We also encourage you to have your resume/cover letter reviewed; find out more about this by visiting Career Services page.
If Recruiters are not collecting resumes at the fair, you can ask how you should apply and consider asking them for their business cards. A great idea would be to have a set of your own business cards to hand out. You can find out how to order business cards by visiting Ricoh's Printing Centre.
What do I need to prepare for the fair?
To help you prepare for the Fair, take note of these tips for successful networking with employers:
- We recommend Business Casual for the fair and the Information Sessions. Consider Business attire for the Wine and Cheese Reception so you can appear professional.
- Research the companies attending in advance.
- Consider bringing business cards and resumes.
- Introduce yourself; make eye contact; show enthusiasm and interest.
- Be able to articulate your availability dates for work and where you are willing to work (location, etc.), should an employer ask.
- If you are attending the reception, arrive early if possible (or right after your class) and stay to the end. This will allow you to be able to speak with the most employers.
- You are strongly encouraged to attend the Career Services "Career Fair Preparation" workshop, that will be held on September 11th, at Loyola 269 from 3:30 pm to 4:30pm.
What happens after the fair?
- Follow up on the contacts you made, via 'Thank you' emails (ideally within 24 hours).
- If discussed, send in your resume and cover letter to the employer.
- Search for job offers through regularly checking exhibitors websites, HireSMU and our Facebook page (SMU - Student Employment Centre). Liks to the Exhibitors' sites are provided on the Exhibitors page.