Why you should attend expos

07 March 2017

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CDES has a number of expos happening throughout the year and they offer an excellent opportunity for you to meet industry professionals and employers. You can meet and greet representatives from many different organisations, find out what their companies are about, learn about the recruitment process and discover the range of career opportunities out there. You'll also get the chance to network with these employers, impress them and create valuable connections. 

What happens at an expo

Industry employers attend our expos to raise awareness of their companies and connect with students just like you who might be a perfect fit for their organisations. You can browse the various company stands and talk to representatives from each organisation, learn about their jobs, and find out more about their hiring and application processes. 

How to prepare

  • Preparation before an expo is key. Make sure you research the companies attending, as well as industry trends and current affairs. 
  • Develop your one minute 'elevator pitch'. This is a short introduction that sums up you, your aspirations and what you can offer to an employer. 
  • Be prepared to discuss your studies, as well as your interests, hobbies and other initiatives you're involved in. 
  • Practise introducing yourself with confidence - always look someone in the eye and shake their hand firmly.
  • Make sure your CV is up-to-date and effective. Login to MyCDES to see the CDES workshops which can help with this. 
  • Plan your outfit and dress for success, as if you were attending a formal job interview. 
  • Make a list of your preferred employers, as well as ones you want to learn more about. 

What to do at the expo

  • Approach your favourite employers, or, if you have the time, practise by approaching your 'B-list' organisations so that by the time you talk to your preferred employers, you're feeling slick and confident. 
  • Employers are looking for positive, proactive, well-rounded students. Ensure these qualities come across as you talk to them by asking interesting questions and really engaging with them. If you do your research about a company beforehand, this will come across naturally. You can ask about the culture of the organisation, their recruitment process, typical career paths, or their company strategy or difference.
  • Make a note of who you speak to so you can follow up with them if appropriate, or ask for a business card. 

After the expo

  • Follow up with any promising connections you've made. Perhaps send a LinkedIn request or follow their company page to keep an eye on opportunities.
  • Head to company websites to proceed with an application for any roles you're interested in.
  • This is a great time to attend a workshop related to making a job application, such as our 'Writing Customised CV, Cover Letters and Applications' workshop. 

Tips for international students 

  • Research organisations you're eligible to apply for beforehand.
  • Don't discuss sponsorship or visas - it's more appropriate to wait until the formal application process for this. 
  • Practise your personal introduction and speaking about your strengths and experiences. 
Don't forget, we're here to help! You can visit our CDES stand at any expo and ask us for some advice, or make use of our free CV and LinkedIn checking services. We can't wait to see you - keep an eye on our events page to see what's coming up.