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How to Make the Most of the Public Interest Job Fair

January 24, 2013

Tags: CDO, 2013

Follow these quick tips and you are sure to have a successful night at the Public Interest Job Fair on Jan. 31, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center.

What to Do Before Jan. 31

  • Be Prepared! Review the list of employers participating in the Public Interest Job Fair. You can find the list of employers on MCO in the document library. Check MCO on a regular basis for updates. We are adding new employers to the list almost every day.
  • RSVP for the event on McGeorgeCareersOnline on the Events tab or email your RSVP to lawcareers@pacific.edu.
  • Prepare the Best Marketing Materials that You Can. Stop by the CDO to have your resume and cover letters reviewed as soon as possible so that we can suggest ways for you to make them even better.
  • Know What Questions to Ask. If the idea of "networking" makes you uncomfortable, and the thought of walking up to an employer and starting a conversation makes you tremble, think ahead of time about the questions you want to ask. If you don't know where to start, pick up a copy of the Networking Made Easy handout in the CDO or on the CDO website.

What to Do On Jan. 31

  • Dress Appropriately. If possible wear a business suit, otherwise dress neatly and in a way that will make a good first impression on the employers that you meet.
  • Bring Copies of Your Resume. Also check to see if employers have requested additional materials, and bring those along as well.
  • Decide ahead of time which employers you want to target, but bring extra resumes just in case.
  • Don't Skip this Event While Waiting for Spring On-Campus Interviews (OCI). Many of the employers at the Public Interest Job Fair will not be conducting on-campus interviews. The Spring OCI program is quite small, so maximize your chances of finding a legal job by attending and taking advantage of this event.
  • Come Hungry and Thirsty! We will be serving hot and cold appetizers so that your stomach won't be growling while you talk to the employers. There will also be plenty of beverages.
  • Relax and Have Fun. The Public Interest Job Fair is a great way to explore your career options. Even if you don't choose to submit your resume, through talking to employers, you can learn more about the many career options that a J.D. can open up for you.