Stellenwerk job fair
The Stellenwerk Job Fair is a good opportunity for students and graduates to get to know companies. The Job Fair is jointly organized by Stellenwerk, Universität Hamburg, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the Hamburg University of Technology, and AStA at Universität Hamburg. Numerous well-known companies will present themselves and there will also be several interesting talks.
We urge students and graduates to take advantage of this opportunity!
The Job Fair is free. No registration required.
Before the Job Fair: get ready!
- An overview of participating companies is available on the stellenwerk Job Fair website. Read through this list and take time to learn more about the companies of interest to you in advance. This will enable you to ask more targeted questions at the Job Fair. Get your bearings beforehand as well by studying the Job Fair layout plan.
- Workshops to prepare for the Job Fair are available from the Career Center of Universität Hamburg on topics such as job prospects, career strategies, applications, etc. You must register for the workshops online. They are available for booking from 1 March of a given year in the events calendar.
- Tips on presenting yourself at your best in preparation for the fair (online)
- Guidelines for talking to companies in preparation for the fair (online)
During the Job Fair:
- Numerous company stands—different exhibitors will be in attendance on both days.
- Presentations (expert lectures about topics relating to starting and planning your career, your first days at work, leadership). Presentations and recorded lectures on application documents, hiring interviews, starting salaries, speculative applications, and the labor market in Hamburg are available at “Infopool - Bewerben - Rund um die Bewerbung”
- Application documents check by the Hamburg Career Services network at the Job Fair. Bring your application documents along. (There may be queues.) You can also have your English-language application documents checked.
- Résumé photo service: you can have great résumé photos taken for a very reasonable price at the Job Fair.
After the Job Fair:
- The Career Center offers workshops and advice on applications, salaries, career planning, and related topics.
Once a year, Hamburg universities organize a 2-day Job Fair. It allows their students and graduates to make contact with interesting companies in Germany and abroad, to meet potential future employers in person, browse job offers, flesh out their application plans, and formalize interesting opportunities. They have the chance to talk to many representatives from the professional world and learn from their experiences. An extensive and interesting program before, during and after the Career Fair helps attendees take their next, successful steps towards a professional career.
A job fair is always worth a visit!
“[...] Job fairs are a good way of entering into personal contact with potential target employers. Many advice articles and guidebooks recommend that you prepare meticulously for such a fair, so that you can be sure that you are presenting yourself in an optimal light.
But what if you aren’t perfectly prepared? Go anyhow!
Such a pity that job fairs are never held “at the right time.” How is anyone supposed to find time for something like that right before graduation? If you have to turn in your final thesis Monday or are studying for an examination next week, every minute counts and there is no time to “prepare meticulously” for a job fair! Most people say to themselves: “I’m better off not going than showing up and embarrassing myself.” Wrong! If you really don’t feel mentally or physically up to it, you don’t have to visit the individual stands.
But the presentations on the topics mentioned above are still very helpful. Even if you have already attended a job application training course, it’s worth it to go again because there are as many tips on what you can do better as there are HR specialists. It’s always a good idea to get numerous opinions to ensure that the final results are the best they can be.
Discover “intelligent” questions to ask potential employers by attending presentations.
While listening to the presentations, the “intelligent” questions to ask potential employers later at the individual stands will pop up as if by magic. It’s not magic, however. Even if you haven’t researched the company closely in advance, it will usually be introduced in detail during the presentation. So you can take that information and go from there.
Just approach the exhibitors openly.
Don’t think of every conversation at the stand as an interview. Company representatives are always happy to see someone demonstrate interest and come talk to them. They are also very willing to help!
Humanities students, don’t be shy!
We highly recommend that humanities students go to job fairs. After all, these are the students most likely to ask the question “What am I going to do after I graduate?” A job fair is the perfect place to find an answer to this question. It offers the opportunity to ask real-life experts about your chances in a certain sector or for their personal suggestions.
On your first visit just observe and assess. But on your second visit why not try applying right then and there?
Taking part in this type of event is well worth the effort. It allows you to learn about the companies present, fine tune your own goals and prospects, and simply see how an event like this works—so that you are better prepared for the next one and maybe even ready to present your finished application documents to the companies of your choice.”
This text was written by an employee of Alumi International in 2013 and has been slightly shortened and adapted. The content is still highly valid.