Profession Fair Preparation for International Trainees– UConn Center for Profession Advancement

As a global trainee, you are motivated to participate in UConn’s Profession Fairs. The profession fair has to do with making connections. It’s an exceptional chance to practice speaking to possible business about your abilities. Trainees of all majors and markets are motivated to participate in.

What are UConn’s Profession Fairs?

Throughout your time at UConn, you might experience numerous profession fairs– UConn uses an All-University Profession Fair in the fall and spring, a STEM Profession Fair in the fall, a spring Non-Profit & & Service Profession Fair and an Internship & & Co-Op Fair throughout the spring term.

UConn’s Profession Fairs are occasions where companies share info about their business and satisfy possible prospects. Employing choices are not made at the profession fair. The profession reasonable agent promotes the business, however might not be the Personnel Agent, nor an agent from the department hiring. Following the profession reasonable, trainees usually obtain positions on Handshake (UConn’s recruiting platform, Interstride, or through the business’s site. The Profession Fair is a chance for trainees to network with agents from business and supply companies with their résumé.

Profession Fair Preparation

Go to UConn’s International Trainee & & Scholars Service (ISSS) department to comprehend your visa status ahead of the profession fair.

Prior to the profession reasonable trainees can browse Handshake to see which companies sponsor worldwide trainees and/or take trainees for OPT and/or CPT. In Handshake you can fine-tune your choice– under classifications, a trainee can filter “accepts OPT/CPT” or “will sponsor or does not need U.S. work visa”. A company might note “U.S. work permission is needed, however the company wants to sponsor prospects”.

Research Study the Business Going To the Profession Fair

Evaluation the online directory site of companies and their task chances. Focus on companies that remain in your location of research study. Select as much as 10 business to satisfy. If you feel uncertain of your method or talking points, strategy to visit your lower-priority business initially so you can practice. Then continue to your “leading concern” business when you are comfy. Evaluation the “about us” area of a company’s site to read more about the business’s product or services, history, and objective. Then prepare focused, particular concerns to ask the agent. Such as:

  • What do you take pleasure in most about operating at your business?
  • What abilities, understanding, and experience does your perfect prospect have?
  • What are the next actions and timeline for employing somebody in this position?

Develop an Elevator Pitch

Prepare an expert intro (described as an Elevator Pitch). It is a 20-30 2nd summary of your certifications and interests. Practice speaking about your abilities for your expert intro. You can consist of the following in your intro: your welcoming might start with “excellent afternoon”, and after that you can supply the following: name, graduation year, and degree. Continue to provide the appropriate abilities you have for the position, and how you would benefit their business in this function.

Companies might ask if you are a global trainee. Be prepared to discuss your visa status and show the number of months you are licensed to work. Some companies do not employ anybody who presently or in the future will require sponsorship, despite a trainee’s schedule of OPT/CPT. If a company discusses this, check out other companies at the fair who might sponsor staff members.

Prepare a U.S. Design Résumé

Compose a U.S. design résumé which might be various from what you developed for nations outside the U.S. Describe the Center for Profession Advancement’s Résumé and Cover Letter Guide Likewise, see Sample UConn International Résumé Click On This Link To find out more about résumé writing or to make a consultation to have your résumé critiqued, check out or drop in UConn’s Center for Profession Advancement.

Profession Fair Day

Print around 20 copies of your résumé. Bring them in a portfolio or with an expert note pad. Think about printing copies of custom-made service cards with your contact info. Expert service outfit is suggested. Use your elevator pitch and make eye contact throughout your conversation. Ask the company for a company card and thank them for their time.

After the Profession Fair

If you have contact info for the people you talked to, follow up with a thank-you e-mail. Keep in mind to describe the date and place of the reasonable. Emphasize parts of the discussion you had with the agent so they will remember you and consist of a copy of your résumé. Think about getting in touch with the agent through LinkedIn.

Center for Profession Advancement and International Trainee & & Scholar Providers has tables at the fairs with personnel offered to help you with your concerns.

Wanting you all the best at the Profession Fair!

Desirée is a Profession Coach at UConn’s Center for Profession Advancement

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