WASHINGTON — Looking to enter or advance in the STEM world? It can be quite a challenge, especially being a woman entering the STEM field. That is why this organization wants to help.   

Networking organization, Women in Technology (WIT) will be hosting their semi-annual fall job fair Nov. 14, 2019, at the Sheraton in Tyson's Corner, VA. Job fairs can be quite nerve-wracking and overwhelming. However, Carrie Drake, president of WIT and Daphne Wotherspoon, the WIT President-elect provide their top tips on how to effectively prepare for the job fair. 

Beforehand, here are a few ways to prepare for the job fair...

Don’t be shy to introduce yourself to the recruiters at the table you are interested in. Immediately shake hands and introduce yourself. Give them your pitch and start that conversation. Make sure you do your research - review the positions/companies so you can speak to the recruiters more effectively.

Practice, practice, practice, practice your elevator pitch before the job fair. Who you are, what are your skills, what are you looking for, what can you bring to the table?

First impressions count! Dress professional, yet appropriate. Companies may be known for more casual dress codes, but it is always wise to dress conservatively. You should also feel good in your outfit. Wear comfortable shoes! Wear a pin that makes you stand out, possible conversation starter as well.

Ensure your resume and LinkedIn are up to date and easy to read. For LinkedIn, use a professional picture. (Headshots will be available during the job fair.)

Network at the fair. Meet other WIT members and job seekers. Grow your network!

After the job fair, here are a few ways to follow up...

Send a follow-up email. Even for the positions that may not be a good fit; keep in touch with recruiters.

Connect with the recruiters on LinkedIn.

As a reminder, the job fair is open to all, including men. For more details, visit womenintechnology.org for registration and other additional details.