A blog from the University of Borås

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

STARKdagen – the annual labour market day at the University of Borås - 31 January




The University of Borås and the Student Union arrange every year a labour market day called STARKdagen. This year it will take place on 31 January in Balder and Sandgärdet (main university buildings) at 10.00 - 15.00. Different organisations, companies, public authorities and other potential employers then exhibit themselves to attract future employees among the students. You can find a lot of information (only in Swedish unfortunately) at http://www.starkdagen.se/ If you click on ”Årets utställare” you can find a list of all the different potential employers that will be present this year. If you click on the name you can most likely find a description in English about the company or organisation.

Tips on how to successfully find an employer at a labour market day:


  • Check which exhibitors will be present. Which ones are interesting for you? Make a list and a plan of which ones you are going to talk to.


  • Prepare what you are going to say. What do you have to offer? Be professional.


  • If you are looking for a company for your thesis – present an idea to them, don’t expect them to present an idea to you.


  • Listen to what the needs of the potential employer are.


  • Take the contact details of the person you talked to so that you can contact him or her afterwards.


  • Don’t stay too long at one exhibitor – make sure you have time for everyone on your list.


  • Ask if you can give them your CV or if they want you to send it to them. Bring a few in case.


  • Don’t walk around and talk to the exhibitors in groups – they are looking for individuals.


  • Think about what your appearance (clothes etc) says about yourself – how do you want to be perceived? If you are concerned about styling, don’t worry! There will be hairdressers present giving free haircuts!

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