Career Fairs provide an excellent opportunity to expand your job search and begin to develop a network of professional contacts. Participation in Career Fairs is most beneficial when you are well prepared to market yourself and interact effectively with recruiters.
Before the Fair
- Review your skills, interests, values, experiences, and accomplishments to articulate what you have to offer to a prospective employer. This also helps you determine which employers and career opportunities you wish to spend time pursuing at the Career Fair.
- Think outside your major! Though companies may list majors they prefer, many recruiters are interested in students with all majors.
- Learn about the world of work and the career you are interested in prior to attending the fair.
- Research, informational interviews, and networking will familiarize you with career fields.
Polish Your Resume
- Start writing your resume as soon as possible so that by the Career Fair date you have a final draft prepared that will showcase your qualifications.
- Your resume is your personal marketing tool and should include your education, relevant experience, volunteer and internship experience, honors, activities, special skills and accomplishments.
|Schedule of Resume Workshops and Critiques for Spring 2018 will be listed in December|
Check out our Resume Writing Guide for additional help on preparing your resume!
Researching an Organization
- With 50 employers attending the Career Fair, it will be impossible for you to meet representatives from each organization.
- Review the list of companies attending, and prioritize those you are most interested in meeting.
- Most recruiters will expect you to be familiar with their organization, so research each company of interest, including their products, services, clients, locations, competitors and organizational mission.
- Check frequently to see the growing list of participating employers and links to their respective websites.
- Dress as you would for a formal interview.
- Women should consider a professional-looking skirt/blouse or pants "suit".
- Men can wear a suit and tie or a jacket; however, a collared, buttoned shirt/tie and slacks are acceptable.
- Conservative colors, accessories, and appearance are advisable.
Visit the Student Success Center Professional Attire Pinterest Board to see more examples.
At the Fair
Impress the Recruiter
- On the day of the fair, greet each recruiter with a firm handshake, eye contact, and smile.
- Address the recruiter as Mr., Ms., or Dr.; refer to their name tags.
- Introduce yourself, offering your name, major, and date of graduation.
- Present your resume and tell the recruiter your purpose for wanting to meet with him/her today.
- Speak with confidence.
- Have questions ready for the recruiter and use information you get to sell yourself.
- Take notes - this can help you remember highlights.
- Let the recruiters talk and ask questions about you - pay attention, be repsonsive, and incldue relevant qualifications and company information.
- This is your opportunity to not only sell yourself and your knowledge of the company, but also to allow the recruiter to talk about their employment needs.
Wrap-Up the Conversation
- Try to secure an interview.
- Ask about next steps including the best way to follow-up and a timeline.
- Don't forget to ask for the recruiter's business card and pick up any available literature.
- Thank the recruiter for his/her time, and offer another firm handshake as you depart.
After the Fair
- Write or email personalized "thank you" letters.
- Remind the recruiter of something they told you while at the fair.
- Reiterate your interest in the company and highlight your qualifications.