THS Armada is one of the biggest career fair which happens in the whole of Scandinavia. There are also frequent career fairs along with lunch lectures with companies which are organised at KTH giving students an opportunity to network with employers and industries. Most of the companies offer summer jobs, internships, thesis and permanent jobs.
I consider the career fair to be an amazing opportunity to establish contacts with the companies. The fact is that the main purpose of career fairs is not to secure yourself a job, that’s almost next to impossible. But to introduce yourself to the main person in the company, being on their radar and when the time is right using that network/contact to get what you want. However, with a naive approach all you get to hear from the company would be “You can find more opportunities in our career page on our website”.
So here are a few tips that I have tried that can make the recruiters notice you.
1. Before the Fair:
a. Research about the fair: THS Armada and THS moment had come up with amazing websites that intuitively shortlisted companies based on your skills, personal interests and type of vacant position. It also showed a map of where the companies are located on each floor.
b. Research about companies: Preparedness is the most underrated concept among students. Learn about the challenges, trends that your interested companies are facing and how you could utilise the companies resources to help them with that vision.
c. Prepare a pitch: I prepared a 30s pitch about myself personalised to each company. It included an introduction, background, professional experience and how it can relate to the vision of the company.
2. During the fair
a. Arriving at a strategic time: Arriving early would give you a heads up with talking to the company of your interest. Usually, the people from the company would be overwhelmed by the number of students who approach them throughout the whole day.
b. Ask great questions: It is important to ask the right questions to the right person. For example: “I read about Scania idea factory on your website. Can you tell me more about that?” or “Is there something for me to consider before I apply to this position?” The biggest mistake any student can do is to go and ask them about the basic details of the company that can already be found on the internet.
c. Answer questions: The employer can ask you questions like, What kind of position are you looking for? or What would you be able to bring to the organisation? Be prepared to answer such kind of questions.
d. Get the Contact: Either connect to the company representative on Linkedin or make sure to get their contact information.
3. After the fair
a. Follow up: Following up with thank you emails and following up of the developments of the positions would give you an edge over other students.
Being persistent in our efforts is a must. Every network we grow would lead us somewhere as job opportunities can arise from the places we least expected.