Student Tips

You are about to be introduced to 60+ of the leading hospitality companies all in one room. Tensions will run high, stress level will be at a max! Just kidding. Take a breath – it will be okay. This is an opportunity to showcase your skills and personality. Below is a list of everything you need and how to prepare. These employers can be used for your future career paths. Utilize this chance!

"It isn't who you know, it's who knows you."

FAQ

What 2 Wear

A business formal dress code enhances the professional image of your workplace environment and your personal brand. Clothing should be crisp, neat, pressed and never wrinkled, to project a professional, “business formal” image. Torn, dirty, and unmatched clothing is unacceptable. Come dressed for success!

For Men

A sports jacket and slacks is acceptable. A dress shirt in an appealing, not overly bold colour is suggested. If wearing a tie, please try to match it with your dress shirt and jacket. Please refrain from wearing running shoes or sneakers. Dress shoes, or clean well-maintained loafers are also acceptable.

For Women

A dress pant or skirt with matching jacket is considered business formal for women. Skirts should always sit at or just above the knee. A collared blouse or dress-material top is recommended, and should either be tucked in or fall just below your waistline. Always be cautious that dress shirts are not too revealing in any business setting. A business length dress with a blazer is also an appropriate option. For shoes, a low comfortable heel in a neutral or dark colour is recommended, however, a flat with minimal embellishments is acceptable.

Jewelry, Makeup, and Perfume/Cologne

These should be in good taste, with limited visible body piercing. Makeup should be used minimally to represent a natural look. Remember, some colleagues are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and makeup, so wear these substances with restraint.

What 2 Bring

You must be prepared in order to have a good, lasting impression on employers. By gathering these essential items, we ensure you will be ready to network.

Several copies of your resume

You will be handing these out to employers throughout the fair. Resumes should be printed on clean white paper and not wrinkled or damaged in any way. Scroll down to see our tips for creating a great resume.

Change of clothes

Depending on which workshop you attend, some of the workshops may involve a physical element. Please consider this when choosing your workshops.

Pens and a folder for loose papers

Employers may hand out applications at the fair. Be prepared to fill out these applications.

Name tag

If you have a Georgian College issued name tag, it may be beneficial to wear it to help employers distinguish you. You can purchase one from Georgian Stores (make sure to order it a few weeks in advance).

Interviews

Being ready for the interview will boost your confidence and increase your effectiveness. Find out about the organization and the job you’re applying for. This will show the interviewer you’re motivated and keenly interested in the position.

Practice

Practicing what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it will help you speak confidently about your skills and accomplishments. It’s a good idea not to memorize what you want to say. Instead, figure out which key points you want to focus on. The interview is also your opportunity to ask questions. List 3 things you want to know about the job or the organization, and practice asking questions about them. Make sure you couldn’t be expected to know the answers from your research. Leave questions about salary, vacations or other benefits until after you receive a job offer.

Present

How you present yourself in the interview—your appearance, attitude and body language—is vitally important. It’s normal to be anxious but acting as if you’re confident, even when you aren’t, can have a positive effect on both you and the interviewer.

Participate

The interview is also your chance to show your positive attitude and your communication skills.

Tips for a Great Resume

You will need a great resume to create that lasting first impression for your future employer. Students, if you are interested email Lindsay Byers or John Daggett to book a time to go over and edit yours.

Review examples of other resumes
Explain the benefits of your skills
Choose a basic font and clean format
Include all of your contact information
Put the most relevant information first
Proofread it twice and give it to a friend
Customize your resume for each employer
Include only relevant information

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us