Deb Lau | University Recruiter | Visa Inc.
Tel: 650.245.9379 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Do you have advice for a student just starting to gain work experience? A: Be hungry to learn. You were hired for a reason so don’t hesitate to challenge the norm and bring forth your innovative ideas. For those who have not yet attained work experience, be sure to leverage class projects.
Q: What do you think a student can do between now and graduation to prepare for employment? A: Network! Network through informational interviews, LinkedIn referrals, employer office hours, niche soft recruiting events/dinners, etc. You’d be surprised how many people recall being in your exact same shoes and are willing to help.
Q: What type of skills/qualifications is your company looking for? A: We look for critical thinkers who possess leadership experience, are technologically sound, and eager to both learn and contribute. We hire both technology and non-tech students. Please feel free to peruse our jobs site.
Q: What are the most common mistakes you see students make at job fairs? A: A mistake I see too often is a student not doing his/her research prior to the fair. Be sure to research specific roles on the employer’s website and determine candidacy feasibility. Recruiters are here to facilitate the job search, but candidates should take the initiative and do some homework. Be sure to also send a follow-up thank you email within 24 hours, attach your resume, and remind the recruiter/hiring manager why you are awesome.
Q: What are some things students can do to stand out at job fairs? A: Solid elevator pitch, Confidence, Polished resume.