Will you be getting the most out of the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair 2013?

The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is an annual event attended by national, international and local employers, recruitment agencies and universities (to speak about further study options), so there really is something for everyone! And even if you’re not graduating this year, this is a fantastic opportunity to start finding out about organisations and seeing what other opportunities they may have. Read on to find out how you can make the most of the fair.

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Exams are here. You have crammed as much as you can, revision regularly appearing when you close your eyes; surely the last thing you want to be doing now is also researching which organisations are at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair 2013?  If this is your thinking, you could be missing out on a great opportunity.

Taking a little time out and doing your prep work can mean the difference between simply collecting freebies and in making a lasting impression on an organisation; ultimately securing that graduate role that  the past few years, including these last exams, have all been for!

Done correctly, graduate recruitment fairs are one of your key tools to use when searching for that opportunity, and below are some simple steps you can undertake before the day to ensure you the most out of these events.

1)     Work out who you want to meet

Using this link make a note of the organisations you are especially keen to speak to.  Do further research using their direct websites.  By researching the organisation and their current sector related issues, the organisation will see you have spent time thinking about them as a business before attending.  It will also give you a chance to look at their current graduate opportunities – you can also do this on the student portal.

2)     Know what you are going to say

Have some key questions for each organisation ready to help you get the information you require quickly.  They’ll want to talk to you in detail about their organisation and how they work, so having researched and thought of questions will help you with this!

3)     Go feeling confident

We have a number of events in the run-up to the fair to help you get the most from it.  These include preparing your CV, networking and tips on how to approach employers.

On the day of the fair there are several additional things you can use to accompany your research:

The Fair Guide

This will be given to you once you arrive.  Inside you will find a full list of all exhibiting organisations in relation to their stand location  There will also be ’Vacancy Type’ listings at the back to help you quickly identify who you want to speak to and where they are located.

Again this year, we have asked employers who are exhibiting to submit their Top Tips.  You can find out what they REALLY look for in a candidate, get a genuine interview question and find out what they expect in the answer. This targeted information is not available elsewhere and will be an essential element in making impressions at future interviews.

10 Minute Workshops

A vital 10 minutes which will help you make the most of the day and create the right impression when you speak to the organisations. The programme includes “How to introduce yourself”; “Top tips for applications”; “How to prepare for psychometric tests”; “Top tips for interviews” and “How to use social media to get a job”. No need to book, just head for the balcony at the scheduled times highlighted in the Fair Guide

Get help from the Advice Zone

Get your CV checked, or ask quick questions about your career planning.

Speak to people!

You are here to talk to recruiters. This face-to face contact is crucial. You can get a real feel for the organisation and how you might fit in. First impressions are important and it could give you an added advantage in the selection process.

Practice makes perfect

There are over 100 organisations here. Don’t limit yourself, keep your options open. Talk to as many as you can. This will help you build up your confidence too.

Find out how to apply

Make sure you know how to make an application. Keep a pen and pad handy. When you do apply, remember to mention that you met the organisation at the Fair – this will help them keep a picture of you in their mind.

Most of all – enjoy yourself!

This is a great fair to highlight the range of opportunities available in all sectors of the graduate recruitment market at the moment. It should also help provide you with full information on these sectors meaning you should come away with plenty of ideas to help you on your way to finding the perfect role.

Don’t just take our word for it. If you want to see how some fellow students feel attending fairs has helped them, check out these blog posts from Tom Staley and Catherine Mckenna

For all the latest news and bookings, as well as tips from employers on how fairs can help you, check out the Fair website

If you would like to speak to someone about preparation or ideas before the 5th June, please contact the Careers Centre either by phone or simply drop in to speak to a member of staff – we’re open 9 – 5 during the week.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 5th June – Best of Luck!!


Filed under Career fairs & events, Postgraduate study

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