On October 6th, 2011 Missy Anderson, OTM ‘11 attended the National Black MBA Conference 2011 in Atlanta, GA.
Here’s her take on the conference:
The 2011 National Black MBA Conference was a great time! It was packed with hundreds of companies looking to fill openings within their organizations. But, instead of focusing too much on the details of the career fair, I decided that it would be more useful to highlight the advantages, disadvantages, and helpful tips to attending a career fair conference because I know that many in our center were uncertain of the value of the experience. Here are my thoughts on the experience:
- Opportunity to network with companies that don’t recruit on campus
- Possibility to gain early traction with a company you are highly interested in
- Gain more interview experience
- Explore additional companies that you had not originally considered
- Chance to secure an internship/job early in the year
- Great social events
- Moderate expense associated with traveling to and attending the conference
- Highly competitive to secure an interview spot for some companies
Tips for Attendance:
- Practice your 60 second elevator pitch! This will be your key sales tactic to securing an interview.
- Bring 15 – 20 copies of your resume. You will be asked for your resume if a company is interested, so come prepared.
- Bring business cards.
- Wear comfortable shoes. The career fair is large, and it requires a lot of walking, so come prepared to walk a lot.
- Wear a watch. This will help you to be timely for interviews/receptions.
- Arrive to the career fair early. Generally, there are fewer people at the career fair early, so it is often times easier to get a recruiter’s time at the start of the day.
- Start out with companies that you are moderately interested in and work your way up to the companies you have the most interest in.
- Ask about next steps.
- Map out ahead of time the companies you are interested in, so you can do research on the companies. Additionally, make sure you select the conference that is the best fit for you. You can do this by reviewing the company lists for each conference.