Career Fairs are a great way to find employment. College of Marin hosts two career fairs regularly, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.
COM's next Career Exploration Fair will take place in the Fall of 2018...typically late September.
COM's Spring Career Exploration Fair took place on April 25th. 45 employers were on hand to meet and interview COM students for their open positions in a number of different fields. Most of these employers have their positions posted on COM's online job board. To follow-up with employers or check out current openings, go to www.collegecentral.com/marin. The job board is updated daily with new employers and new jobs.
Tips for Attending Career Fairs
- Prioritize your interests. Look over the list of employers attending the career fair. If your schedule allows, start with the employers in which you’re less interested. This will allow you to practice and to be most confident when you approach the employers you’re excited about.
- Introduce yourself and be prepared to give your “career pitch.” Extend your hand, say “hello” and state your name. Be ready to talk about your career interests as well as academic and extracurricular experiences to show your skills and strengths.
- Take notes when you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers. Write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff whom you can contact later. Note specific employer information sessions, on-campus interviewing and projected hiring dates that will affect you.
- Ask the representative for his/her card, and then promptly send a thank-you note. Having their business card serves two purposes. First, you have a direct contact with the organization, including the proper spelling of the representative’s name, direct telephone line, etc. Second, a brief thank-you note acknowledges the help they gave you and the time they took to visit campus.
- Respect employers’ materials/sample items. Some employers bring large quantities of print materials or “give aways” clearly intended for students to take. Other employers bring a few copies of print materials, sample products, etc. as displays at their tables. Always check with employers before taking materials from their tables.
- Be courteous! In addition to representing yourself, you also represent COM. All of the organizations at the fair are there because of their interest in hiring COM students. Demonstrate sensitivity to other students waiting to speak with employers by keeping your questions brief and offering to continue your conversation at a later time. Enjoy the fair and your interaction with the employers. Let your positive attitude show!