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How to prepare for the event

Speak to your Tutors

If you are looking for a placement, find out who is the Placement Tutor for your course of study. Your tutors can tell you about the kinds of placements and graduate opportunities that previous years' students have done before and which companies they went to work for. Your tutors can tell you how students on placement are monitored, assessed and evaluated and whether or not you can receive credits towards your final degree result for doing a placement.

Attend information sessions

Make the most of the recruitment fair. If you want to find out the best way to approach employers, what questions to ask, what to wear and how to make a good impression then this session is for you! Careers and Employability will be holding a preparation session for students/graduates who will attend the Placement and Graduate Fair on the "Do’s and Don’ts" of approaching prospective employers.

The preparation session details will be added in September 2017.

Use the University's Careers Service

Use the list of employers on the ‘Which employers have already booked’ page to determine which employers may be offering something suitable for you. The information will explain what each employer is offering or is looking for. It is important that you determine which employers you are interested in speaking to, you may not have time to speak to many / all of the employers on the day of the event. It is important that you do some research on the employers you want to speak to. Showing employers representatives that you know something about their company/organisation will impress them and demonstrate that you are serious about applying to work for them. Click on the names/logos of relevant employers to visit their web-pages so that you can find out about their products/services, their history, where they operate, new developments/projects and for further details about their employment opportunities.

It is important that you use the services of Careers & Employability before you attend the event. Careers & Employability can provide you with advice and information on your future career direction, help you think about how you can best "sell" yourself to employers, help you think about how a placement can improve your employability and help you to prepare for interviews. Careers & Employability is on the Lower Ground Floor (Level A), Student Life Directorate, University House, Peel Park campus.

Watch these film clips! To help you think about how you should prepare and behave/not behave when communicating with employers please watch these film clips that were created by Salford students, staff and by local employers (These may take a moment to run):

Think about what you want

Think about the types of graduate jobs / placements that you want to do and what skills and experiences you are looking to use and gain. Think about the types of questions you might want to ask the employers to help you decide whether specific opportunities are what you are looking for. This event gives you an opportunity to network with employers to help you determine which opportunities best meet your needs. This event provides an opportunity for you to "sell" your skills and abilities to potential employers.

Do your research

Use the list of employers below to determine which employers may be offering something suitable for you. The information will explain what each employer is offering or is looking for. It is important that you determine which employers you are interested in speaking to, you may not have time to speak to many / all of the employers on the day of the event. It is important that you do some research on the employers you want to speak to. Showing employers representatives that you know something about their company/organisation will impress them and demonstrate that you are serious about applying to work for them. Click on the names/logos of relevant employers below to visit their web-pages so that you can find out about their products/services, their history, where they operate, new developments/projects and for further details about their employment opportunities.

Your CV

Some employers will accept a copy of your CV to apply for their employment opportunities. Bring a few copies of your CV with you to the event. If you need to create or update or your CV please use our guide to creating a CV. Visit the Careers & Employability before the event to get your CV checked by a Careers Consultant . Careers & Employability is on the Lower Ground Floor (Level A), Student Life Directorate, University House, Peel Park campus.

Application Forms

Some employers will be giving out application forms to students interested in their vacancies. You are encouraged to take the application form away with you and complete it in your own time and then return it to the employer. Completing an application form in a hurry on the day of the event will make your application look untidy and you may make mistakes. Make sure you get the correct return address for any application forms you collect from employers. Many employers will have online application forms..

Wear something appropriate

Do not wear jeans and a t-shirt to attend this event. It is best to wear something smart. You may meet a potential employer at this event and it is important that you make a good impression.