Tips to get the most out of the Douglas College Career Fair

At the upcoming Career Fair, Feb. 27 & 28 in the New Westminster Campus concourse, you can meet and network with over 25 regional and national employers, as well as professional organizations, who specifically want to meet (and hire!) Douglas students and alumni.

Put your best foot forward with tips and advice from some of the employers you’ll find at this year’s fair.

1. Have a great cover letter and resumé on hand. Also, do your research!

“Resumés, business cards, etc. are nice to have. Employers will usually ask for an online application at some point during the process. Most importantly, bring a great personality, good questions and a genuine interest in the employers.”
– Cindy Huang, Talent Acquisition Specialist, O2E Brands

2. Dress for success.

“For the career fair, we think that students should wear what they would normally wear to a career fair or a job interview. Wearing anything with inappropriate images or profanity is not advisable.”
– Marcy Dabiri, HR Generalist, Transport Canada / Government of Canada

“It’s best to wear business attire if you can, but smart business casual is also usually OK for students attending a daytime event.”
– Marra N., Student Recruitment with Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C.

3. Ask questions, be polite and follow up.

“Create a good vibe by showing initiative when speaking with our leaders. They want to see that you are a go-getter who can take control of the conversation and are able to build relationships. To break the ice, introduce yourself right away and talk about the excitement you have for the role.”
– Michael Leung, BBA, HR Specialist – Recruitment, Shaw Communications

“Students should thank the individual for their time and say it was nice to meet them before walking away from the table. They should get a business card if they are interested in working with that employer. Within a day or two, students should email the individual they spoke with and also connect with them on Linkedin.”
– Marra N., Student Recruitment with Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. 

4. Remember that Douglas College sets you apart from the crowd.

“Be enthusiastic, professional and proactive. Douglas College provides future-employees with a good understanding of their field for real life application.”
-Cindy Huang, Talent Acquisition Specialist, O2E Brands

“I’m always impressed that Douglas College has a supportive Career Centre to help students navigate their career, active student clubs and an engaged alumni network. All of these things help students prepare for their careers.”
– Marra N., Student Recruitment with Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. 

Need some help getting ready? Contact the Career Centre at 604 527 5889 or email cc@douglascollege.ca.

The Career Fair runs Feb. 27 and 28, from 10am-3pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse.

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