The BYU STEM Fair is a career fair for fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Companies attend to speak one-on-one with BYU students. Held in the WSC Ballroom, the fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018. It is a great opportunity to network and find a potential job or internship.
Employers frequently comment that BYU students can do more to prepare for career fairs. Here are nine ideas that can help students prepare for STEM Fair:
Set up interviews with companies beforehand
The companies at the STEM Fair will post on Bridge for students to schedule interviews with them in advance.
Do your research
Find out basic information about the companies and the majors they recruit from on the BYU Career Fair Plus app. Discover more about companies you are most interested in.
Go to information sessions
The purpose of information sessions is to give companies more time with the students. This gives you a better chance to make a good impression by telling employers more about yourself and your career goals.
Attend Résumé Sessions
Résumé sessions can teach you how to improve your résumé so it is clear to understand and looks impressive. Bring tailored résumés for the companies you are most interested in and generic résumés for the rest.
Get there early
Peak registration time is 11 a.m., so go early and skip the lines to have more time with recruiters.
Talk about you
Practice introducing yourself. Explain why the company needs the skills and experience your major has given you. This is your chance to shine, so take it.
Watch BYU Career Services Videos
BYU Career Services interviewed employers from Zions Bank, Boeing, and other companies about what they want in an employee. To watch the videos, click here.
Show up often and prepared
Half the battle is coming to the fair dressed appropriately with your résumé. The other half is researching the companies, their objectives and achievements, and going to the information sessions. Employers notice when you show up to multiple events and whether or not you come prepared.
Recruiters are going to meet lots of students. If you want them to remember you, you need to stand out. Emphasize what makes you unique, what you can offer that no one else can. Share why you are interested in your chosen career path and ask genuine questions.
See you at the STEM Fair!