Preparation | Career Fair 2014

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Friday, March 28
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center


The key to a successful experience at the SCAD Career Fair is to come prepared. You'll have a limited amount of time to interact with executives and recruiters, so knowing whom you want to meet and what you want to communicate is vital. We have some tips to help you make an immediate and lasting impression on prospective employers.
Before the fair
  • Polish your portfolio

    Prepare your résumé, portfolio and work samples. Get feedback from professors on the quality of your portfolio and recommended areas of improvement. If you need assistance in preparing your résumé, attend workshops offered through the office for career and alumni success at SCAD. Be sure to save your portfolio and work samples offline to ensure you will be able to present your work to employers at the career fair.

    For additional assistance with fine-tuning your résumé and other leave-behind materials, schedule an appointment with your career adviser.

  • Build an online presence

    SCAD has partnered with Behance to provide you with a free online portfolio. The office for career and alumni success will be encouraging employers who register for SCAD Career Fair 2014 to preview the work of talented SCAD students and alumni on Behance. If you have developed your own website, you can include the link in your SCAD portfolio.

    If you already have a Behance portfolio but are not a member of the SCAD gallery, ensure your work appears on it by joining now.

  • Take inventory

    Consider your strengths, relevant skills, goals, companies that interest you and desired career path within those companies. Prepare your "elevator pitch" or "one-minute commercial," and come prepared to sell yourself.

  • Attend preparation workshops

    Participate in a career and alumni success workshops to learn what you can do to prepare for SCAD Career Fair 2014. Browse the full list of career fair events to see which workshop opportunities are coming up next.

  • Research opportunities

    Understand how your talent and skills relate to what the employers are looking for in candidates. Polish those skills. Thoroughly research your target companies and gather background information so you can have knowledgeable and impressive conversations with company representatives.

    You can access the SCAD Job Portal on MySCAD to sort participating companies by targeted majors and class levels, types of opportunities, interviews offered and whether they are able to consider international students. Current students may find a link to the Job Portal under the Student Workspace tab, in the Career and Alumni Success at SCAD section. Alumni may find the link under the Alumni Success tab, in the Career and Alumni Success at SCAD section.

    Once you click on the link to enter the job portal, select the Events tab, and click Career Fairs > SCAD Career Fair 2014 > Advanced Search.

  • Know what to bring

    Prepare several copies of your résumé, enough for all employers you will visit, plus a few extras. Also bring your portfolio, leave-behind pieces and business cards.

  • Need more help?

    For questions about SCAD Career Fair 2014 or how to schedule an appointment with a career adviser to prepare for the event, email the office for career and alumni success at SCAD.

Day of the fair
  • Dress for success

    Dress as if you were going to a job interview. You want to present the best image possible. Jeans and other casual clothing are not appropriate. Avoid excessive makeup, jewelry and perfume. You will only have a few minutes to make an impression on each employer, and positive first impressions are critical.

  • Be flexible

    Arrive early and have a strategy, but keep your options and your mind open. Lines will be longer for some employers. Ask yourself if your time would be better spent visiting with six different companies or standing in line for one. Walk through the entire SCAD Career Fair and make contact with all the participating organizations to learn more about them and what they have to offer.

  • Have a plan

    You will have a limited amount of time with each prospective employer; don't waste it. Introduce yourself to company representatives in a positive and confident manner; offer a firm handshake. Get to the point and know what you want to say or ask. For example:

    • Discuss a particular career or job with that organization.
    • Ask about common career paths within an organization.
    • Discuss internship or summer job opportunities.
    • Ask about professional development for new hires.

    Present your résumé and be prepared to discuss your background, qualifications and career goals. Ask what you should do to apply for a position with them.

  • Exchange info

    Make sure to give your business card and ask for the business card of the people you meet. Collect literature about the company if available. Ask the representatives when you can expect to hear back from them. Ask if you can connect on LinkedIn after the career fair.

After the fair
  • Follow up

    Immediately following SCAD Career Fair 2014, make a point to follow up with an email or handwritten note to the representatives you met. Reiterate your interest in the company and the specific job you discussed. You might want to include another copy of your résumé or speak to something specific that was discussed in the meeting that will help them remember you. Thank them for their time.