4 Steps to Find a Job at a Conference

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Conferences present unique opportunities to meet multiple people from your target company list in one location, over one weekend. With classes and clubs heating up for the new year, the conferences can sneak up on you. You can get a solid start on your job search with these 4 Steps to Find a Job at a Conference.

1. Choose the conference that works best for you. The top 3 MBA conferences include:

National Association of Asian MBAs 

National Black MBA Association  

National Society of Hispanic MBAs  

Take a look at the agenda, timing, location, and companies attending the conference and make your choice from there. Most often you do not have to be a member of the association or a member of the specific ethnic group to attend a conference. Companies and people attending conferences are seeking diversity of ethnicity, gender, and experience.  

2. Plan your approach. Conferences typically offer so much great information they can be a bit overwhelming. Choose the sessions you want to attend, and most importantly, the companies you want to target. If a company you would like to work for is not recruiting on your campus, apply online and try to get an interview at the conference. Be sure to update your resume for American recruiters before you apply. If a target company is recruiting on campus, you may want to use the conference as a way to meet a few of the recruiters and begin building rapport in anticipation of an on-campus resume drop. You can even ask if you can follow up after the conference for an informational interview.   

3. Prepare for informal networking and formal interviewing opportunities. Recruiters meet hundreds of students at job fairs, and you want them to remember you. Practice your elevator speech being sure to incorporate effective communication tactics for American recruiters. Begin your interviewing practice with books, articles, counselors at your Career Management Center, and other students.    

4. Perform to the best of your ability. When you get to the job fair, approach a “warm up” company first. A warm up company is one you’d like to work for, but is not at the top of your list. It allows you to deliver your elevator speech and use your networking skills in safer environment than if you walked straight up to your #1 target company. Share your stories with confidence, and use the accepted interviewing norms for MBAs in the USA. 

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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