Name: Davina Bodley Scott
University: University of Exeter
Degree: IT Management for Business with industrial placement
My five tips for attending a TARGETjobs IT’s not just for boys event...1. Research companies attending the seminar. Do your homework before you get there. Research is key. This will give you an idea of the companies that most appeal to you, allowing you to prioritise. It's also a great way to show to the recruiters that you have an insight into their company and are genuinely interested.
2. First impressions. Dress comfortably but smart and arrive promptly. Don’t be afraid to approach a representative with a handshake and smile. Good eye contact is essential showing you’re engaged in the seminar and networking event. This helps representatives remember you for the right reasons. Don’t be shy this is your chance to make contact face to face with leading recruiters.
3. Cover ground. Make an effort to speak to as many companies as possible. Circulate and don’t hang back. Don't be afraid to ask questions, "no question is a silly question". This allows you to build a picture of the company and where your place may be within it, allowing you to compare and contrast all the opportunities. Though remember, when you have spoken to a recruiter know when it’s time to move on, let others have a chance. Don’t outstay your welcome.
4. Network, network, network. Be prepared to network. It's difficult for everyone especially if it feels unnaturally pushy and out of your normal comfort zone but that is essentially why you are there. This networking opportunity allows you to create links within top companies, which will be invaluable in your journey to find your internship and employment within a leading company. Remember to make a mental note of who you are speaking to and which firm they represent. These are invaluable contacts.
5. Take notes. Take a notepad and pen and jot down people’s names and contact details and any notes of value and particular interest. When you have left the seminar make quick notes of who you met and what you learnt as an aide memoire. This information will help your employability and give you valuable insight into how the application process works.