Tips for the National Recruitment Fair

This year’s National Recruitment Fair is fast approaching us and with over 33 well-known companies looking for new talent, Trent Talk has put together three top tips to help you succeed at communicating with the employers you want to impress.

NTU’s Careers Consultant, Peter Smart, tells us the importance of each tip and what it should mean to you.

1. Get Your CV Right

At the recruitment fair there will be a CV health check clinic, but with the amount of students that will turn up wanting assistance, this will mean long queues for only a short time with CV advisors.

Instead of wasting your time waiting, have your CV sorted beforehand. If you have any doubts about yours, book an appointment at the Careers Development Centre on either the Monday (30th of April) or the Tuesday (1st of May) for that all important advice that could make you sound better on paper.

This will mean that you will have more time to network with employers on the day.

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There are examples of good CVs on the NTU Careers Website and also on Prospects, the official UK careers site – http://www.prospects.ac.uk

2. Know What You Want

There will be over 33 companies at the fair so proceedings may get a little crowded. Know what you want the second you enter the Newton Building by finding out who will be there. Full details can be found on the careers website, http://www.ntu.ac.uk/careers

To avoid any nasty surprises check the website frequently for any last minute changes on the day and get there early so you can be one of the first to speak to the right people for you. Another handy tip is to sign up and follow your target employers on Facebook and Twitter for any additional information that can assist you in impressing them.

Peter Smart tells us what research you should be doing to be well prepared.

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3. Be Unique

The last tip is all down to you, you need to be unique and you need to stand out from everybody else in the room. This can be done by:

  • Looking smart, obviously this is no job interview but dress smart casual – wearing a T-shirt and flip flops will impress nobody
  • Have a strong idea on how you plan to introduce yourself, keep details to the point
  • Ask employers what you would like to know through engaging them in conversation
  • Get their name for future reference
  • Make a note about the conversation you had with them, for future reference through contact
  • If you get a business card, that is their way of inviting you to contact them, so do so
  • Make sure you give them your CV and/or business card
  • Follow up any contacts you made with a thank you email, referring to the notes you made. This could lead to further opportunities

Peter Smart tells us about the importance of realising your unique selling points and how best to present them in introductions to employers.

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By following these tips you will be on your way to making a few great impressions of yourself on potential employers, who will be able to remember you instantly. If you have any doubts you can contact the Careers Development Centre through careers@ntu.ac.uk  or call them on 0115 848 8638

Or you can get in touch with Peter Smart directly by following him on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/petersmartntu/

The National Recruitment Fair is on the Wednesday, 2nd of May in the Newton and Arkwright Building from 11am until 3pm.

Last words from Peter Smart as he explains the importance of the fair to Trent Talk’s Adam Roberts

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