Welcome to week three of the Internship and Career Center’s (ICC) Countdown to Summer! Each week the ICC will highlight a task that will help you be prepared to land a job or internship by summer. Breaking the process down to weekly tasks will make it less daunting and will yield success.
Week 2: Attend the Spring Internship and Career Fair.
Over 120 organizations are coming to recruit people who are clever enough to get into UC Davis and dedicated enough to complete the rigorous coursework here. In other words, they are looking for you! Many students have been able to land a job through connections made at one of our Internship and Career Fairs.
Here are some reasons you would benefit from going to the fair:
Increase the chances of your resume being looked at. When you submit a resume online, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. At the Internship and Career Fair, you have an opportunity to physically hand your resume to someone who will either look at it and make a decision or hand it off to the person who will.
You may be signed up for an interview on the spot! Some companies will look at your resume and, because of the way you present yourself and your background, will sign you up for an interview on the spot or within the next couple of days.
Learn about companies and careers. Are you still trying to decide which career is a match for you? Come to the fair and ask people about their jobs and career paths.
Tips for preparing for the career fair:
Fine tune your resume. Your resume is very important. It represents you, your abilities and your accomplishments. Come to the ICC on the 2nd floor of South Hall to have it reviewed and edited, either by a peer advisor or at one of our Resume Rescues held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the fair. Also be sure to check out the “Write a Winning Resume” webshop on the ICC website.
Dress for success. Recruiters notice well-groomed students; first impressions count! Be sure to come well groomed and dressed in business attire. Check out “Dress for Success” on our website.
Watch the “Prepare for the Fair” webshop or come to a “Prepare for the Fair” workshop at the ICC. This webshop/workshop will provide you with all the information you need about what to expect from the fair and how you can prepare.
Look up the list of companies coming to the fair. On Aggie Job Link there is a list of all the companies signed up for the fair. Do your research and decide in advance which companies you will talk to at the fair.
The Internship and Career Fair is on April 19 at the ARC Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC), located on the second and third floors of South Hall and online at iccweb.ucdavis.edu, has decades of success helping to launch Aggies on their professional paths, and its services are FREE to currently enrolled UC Davis students.