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Although not required before the live event, it is recommended that students register in Brazen before the event to maximize the amount of time they have available during the live event.

  • You must use your Penn State log-on information
    Choose the 'Sign up with Penn State' button on the registration page to use your existing credentials and single sign-on

    • Gmail doesn't count
      Even if your Penn State email is linked to a Gmail account that doesn't count as your Penn State credentials. Make sure you use your official email address.

  • Already used Brazen? Update your info
    Update your email address to your Penn State account or Friends of Penn State account and log-on using those credentials for the fair.

  • Need a Penn State account as an alumnus or guest?
    Create a Friends of Penn State account before the event and use that to register.

  • Complete the registration process 
    Once you sign up with your Penn State access information you'll need to complete the registration form.
     

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Get ready to make find your future project. Register now to get your Brazen profile ready before the fair.

Career Fair Prep 101

Being prepared for a virtual career fair is key to building confidence. Virtual career fairs take even more planning and prep than usual so allow yourself time prior to the fair.

Research, Research, Research

Be knowledgeable and prepared.

The Small Business & Start-Up Fair is an event with dozens of companies hoping to connect with qualified candidates. Be efficient and maximize your time by researching organizations in advance.

  • See who is attending the Small Business & Start-Up Fair
    Make sure to search the database to see who is attending. Make note of the organizations you are interested in and what openings they are seeking to fill. 

    • The virtual platform does not offer filters so research the database in advance.

  • Do a targeted search
    Make the database work for you. Targeted searches narrow companies and help you find the best fit

  • Make a top list of organizations
    You may not be able to visit every company at the fair. Virtual lines can be long and limited time means you need to be efficient and target companies you are most interested in.

    • You can wait in multiple lines at once, but if you wait in too many, you may not end up having the time to talk with everyone. 

  • Visit company websites and social media platforms
    Do some additional research on the organization. Show your interest by looking at products or services they provide, their mission statement, company goals, or new initiatives.

  • Write down questions
    Keep a list of questions you can ask during the event or in a follow-up conversation. 

Prepare your Materials

Show your skills.

  • Build your resumé
    Your resumé is one of the key ways you demonstrate your abilities and show what makes you a great candidate.

    Get started sooner rather than later to give yourself time to edit. Think about the positions you are interested in, what experiences you've had, and what makes you stand out as a qualified candidate. Learn the key steps to building a resumé now.

  • Have your resumé reviewed
    Stop by Career Services during drop-in hours to have someone take a look.

  • Save your resume in various formats
    Always be prepared with different resume formats for a virtual fair. Save it as a Word document, PDF, and make sure your Linkedin profile reflects any edits that you've made.

  • Have something to take notes with
    Write down your questions and notes about the company in advance so you have them for reference. Do this in advance or have pen and paper handy. Typing while talking to a recruiter is distracting for both of you.

    After each interaction, take notes so you don't forget the details. Did the recruiter mention the next steps for applying? A new project the organization is working on? If you scheduled an interview, where was it? Be sure to note these important details.
     
  • Make sure to get contact information for thank you notes and following-up.
    Mentioning specific details from a conversation at the event will make you stand out from other candidates. Be sure to note these important details so you can reference them in an interview or thank you note. This is incredibly important virtually since you're limited to following-up digitally rather than at an event or information session.
Create your Pitch

Be confident in what you say.

An elevator pitch is a roughly 30-second introduction that gives you the chance to initiate a conversation with a recruiter and highlight your skills.

  • Share who you are.
    Your resumé will list your experience and skills, but your elevator pitch allows you to summarize and get to the conversation. 

    • "My name is Chloe. I am a senior, majoring in finance, and will be graduating in May. I have a passion for working with non-profit organizations who are making an impact, similar to the several student organizations I'm involved with at Penn State. I saw that your firm has a strong presence in your community and I'm interested in working for a company that is active in making a difference." 

  • Tell them why you're interested.
    Use the research you did on the organization to show your interest and preparedness. Connect it to your experience/skills to show why you would be a great candidate.

    • "My name is Joe. I am a sophomore, majoring in public relations, and am seeking an internship for the summer of 2019. I am interested in interning with your organization because I saw on your website that you represent larger technical firms. I'm the secretary for the Aviation Club and really have a passion for communicating technical details to those without a technical background." 

  • Ask a question.
    Keep the conversation moving. Ask a question to get more information about the company, learn about opportunities, and further the discussion.

    • "My name is Blake. I am a first-year student interested in learning more about your organization and your internship program. My major is chemical engineering. I saw that you offer a rotational internship program. What does that look like during a summer internship?"

Practice in advance.

Everything takes practice and an elevator pitch is no different. Practice at home with a mirror, a roommate, or call a family member. The more you walk through it out loud, the more natural it will sound to a recruiter.

Dress for Success

Look the part.

Impact Fair is a semi-formal atmosphere and requires professional attire. Each organization you talk to has a different culture; being more conservative will ensure that you are well-received by all organizations.

  • Yes, you still need to look professional
    While you may be connecting from your apartment or somewhere socially-distanced on campus you still need to look professional. Employers will invite you to video chat.

  • Dress for the job you want
    Suits in neutral colors are best. Wear a buttoned shirt with a tie or a modest dress with a jacket. 

  • Simple is best
    Limit distracting accessories or anything too brightly colored. The focus should be on your experience. Be yourself but make sure to avoid distracting attire. 

  • Think about where you're connecting
    Choose a location that isn't distracting and consider how your outfit will look with that background. Wear something in contrast to your background to be clearly visible.

  • Brush it
    Keep hair out of your face so recruiters can see your smile and natural eye contact.

  • Iron away
    Press your clothes! Don't let wrinkles ruin your professional appearance.

Apply

Jumpstart the process.

Most organizations at the fair will ask you to also complete an application online. This is completely normal. Companies need to track who applies, centralize materials, and monitor the interview process.

  • Apply to jobs in Nittany Lion Careers
    Companies will often post openings before the fair. Apply in advance to get the process moving. Recruiters may reach out and ask you to stop by events or schedule an interview during fair week.
Network at Events

Put a face to your name.

Connecting with a recruiter face-to-face is a key part of the process, especially in a virtual environment. Use networking events as a way to ask questions in a quieter, more intimate atmosphere. 

  • Join Diversity Dialogues
    Diversity Dialogues brings employers and students together for an intimate discussion about diversity in the workplace.  Join us virtually for guided small group discussions and an employer panel. This semester each employer panel will be industry-focused.

  • Information Sessions
    Companies often schedule information sessions. These sessions let you learn more about the company, meet recruiters and connect, and leave a great lasting impression.

    Find upcoming information sessions in Nittany Lion Careers. Research the company in advance and have some questions prepared. This is your chance to talk about things like company culture, how a recruiter ended up at that organization, or what they're looking for in candidates.

Nervous about networking?

Getting started can be daunting. Networking grows your professional network and allows you to learn from established professionals.

  • Find resources
    Learn about networking tips, best practices, and how to get started in the Career Resource Center.

  • Create a LinkedIn account
    Build your professional profile and connect with recruiters you meet at the fair. Don't forget to have your online profile reviewed at Career Services during drop-in career counseling hours.

Test your Technology

Test your Tech

Make sure that your device is compatible with the Brazen system and that you have a strong internet connection. Make sure to do a trial run where from where you'll actually be participating.

  • Use Google Chrome
    It works best with the Brazen system

  • Do a platform service check
    Test your technology and make sure that it is compatible with the event platform

  • Make sure your internet connection is up to speed
    Brazen 'Live Chat' gives you the chance to video chat with recruiters. Make sure your internet meets the requirements before the fair.

  • Think about your surroundings
    Use a simple backdrop to keep the focus on you. Make sure you're in a private area where roommates won't be walking by or distractions can keep you from staying focused.

Using the Online Fair Platform

The Small Business & Start-Up Fair is bringing employers to you, virtually, using Brazen. Get to know the system before the event to make sure you're prepared.