Make the most of your day
- Book your free ticket for fast-track entry and, if possible, print off a copy to bring with you.
- Plan your day – the exhibition will be full of top employers and a number of features designed to help you further your career prospects so it is important you plan your time effectively. Take a look at the timetable of company presentations to ensure you don’t miss any speakers who capture your interest!
- Do your research – take a look at the list of companies recruiting at the event and spend a little time looking into major projects they are working on, the different areas of their business and their values. You can then impress recruiters by referencing this knowledge in conversation.
- Pick up a copy of the event preview – This contains information about each of the companies recruiting, a table outlining which recruiters will be relevant to your interests, and insightful articles about the engineering industry.
- Be prepared – bring along copies of your CV to leave with the companies that you speak to.
On the day:
- Arrive at the exhibition as you would an interview – first impressions count!
- Decide what you want to achieve - think about what you would like to get out of the conversations you have at the exhibition before you start talking to recruiters.
- Read up – if you haven’t had a chance to do your research before you arrive, take ten minutes to read the company profiles in the Daily Telegraph supplement (available at the entrance) before you start walking round the exhibition.
- Be proactive – don’t just browse! This is likely to be the only opportunity you will have to meet a potential employer face-to-face outside of an interview situation. The conversations you have will make much more of an impact than a piece of paper describing you, so don’t just walk by a company you would like to work for!
- Sell yourself, don’t expect to be sold to – start conversations with ‘I’m interested in…’ or ‘I would like to find out more about..’ rather than ‘what do you do?’ or ‘what can you offer me?’
- Be the perfect candidate – ask employers what they are looking for and tailor your answers accordingly by giving examples of when you have used those skills in the past.
- Make the most of your time – you have made the effort to travel to the exhibition so don’t just think ‘how quickly can I get out of here?’ Use your time wisely and take advantage all the extra features available to you such as the Careers Advice Lounge, the Interview Clinic, the CV Clinic, the Women in Engineering Forum and the Professional Development Hub. You never know – you might just secure that dream job!