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No need to print your résumé this year. Here are a few things you can do to get yourself ready to go

Whether you’re on the hunt for the next great internship or just trying to find an answer to: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” 2020 has surely made the job search a bit more difficult. Lucky for you, BU’s Center for Career Development (CCD) is here to help in so many ways, and we dare you to try them all.

With the CCD’s Annual Career Fair coming up on October 21, we’ve thrown together a few things you can do to get yourself ready to go.

1. Prep your elevator pitch

You’ve heard it before: Tell me about yourself. While the idea of rattling off an elevator pitch sounds scary, it’s the best way to nail the first impression. Spend some time in front of a mirror, and think about your who, what, when, where, and why. The last one, the why is what will help set you apart. Nobody can tell their life story in 30 seconds—half the challenge is figuring out what to say. Test it out on a few friends who know you well; they’ll likely have some great feedback.

2. Review your résumé

It never hurts to check spelling, grammar, and maybe customize your résumé a little bit. Look at a few job listings you’re interested in and customize your job history with their language. Be sure to check in with your references and make sure your LinkedIn is up to date too.

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3. Research who will be there

Make networking a bit easier by checking to see which companies will be at this year’s event. Learn a bit about how they work, prepare a few questions, and make your plan about who to visit. For a full list from the CCD, check here.

4. Sign-up for a virtual workshop

You’ll inevitably have a ton of questions. What do I prioritize on a résumé? How do I write a cover letter? What makes me stand out on LinkedIn? The CCD hosts regular workshops (virtually, too) on how to prepare for the job hunt. Sign up today.

5. Schedule a personal appointment

Follow up with the workshops by scheduling a one-on-one appointment. There’s no better way to refine your networking and pitch skills than getting direct feedback from a professional. You’ll walk away feeling confident, with great resources to tackle your next elevator pitch. Schedule an appointment here.

6. Listen to the Career Podcast

Listening to the CCD Career Podcast is ideal for walking down Comm Ave, throwing in a load of laundry, or as a proactive procrastination tool. Hear from students about what they learned from their internship experiences. These stories will not only inspire you on the job hunt, but offer great ideas and resources you can apply in future work. Is there any better way to learn than to hear from those going through the same thing? We didn’t think so. Start listening.

7. Read student internship stories on the blog

Some of the best lessons come from those around you, and the Career Development Blog is an excellent resource for learning something new. Read internship stories, advice, and more here.

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If you check off all seven of these things, you’re well on the way to success at the upcoming Career Fair. RSVP for the fair here and be sure to log on Wednesday, October 21, at 10:30 am EST.

Event Details

University-wide Virtual Career Fair Fall 2020

The Fall University-wide Virtual Career Fair is hosted by the Center for Career Development. This is a general, University-wide career fair open to students and alumni of all levels and majors. The event typically hosts organizations from all industry sectors. Space is limited and we hope to have a variety of industries participate to best meet the needs of all students.

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