How to Prepare for the Career Fair
Know what Exhibitors will be attending in advance and conduct research by visiting their website so that you and can ask relevant questions and discuss your applicable qualifications. Exhibitors will be impressed if you have some knowledge of their company/organization and know why you would like to work for them.
Update your resume to highlight key skills and experiences you have that match the needs of the Exhibitors you would like to work for. For assistance with resume writing go here.
Please be aware that only some companies/organizations will be accepting resumes and looking for summer employees. A number of agencies are interested in meeting students to discuss potential careers upon the completion of their degree. Make sure that you clarify what type of positions the company/organization is offering and whether it is appropriate to give them your resume.
Prepare questions for Exhibitors prior to the Fair to show your interest and that you have taken the time to conduct research. This will make you more memorable to the Exhibitor.
Start thinking about the education, experience, skills and personal characteristics you possess that that you can share with an employer to make you stand out.
Get the Most out of the Career Fair
Make a plan. Survey the layout of the Career Fair and locate companies you want to approach.
Be flexible and open to the opportunities at the Career Fair. You may learn about an interesting employer or great job you had not considered before.
Approach exhibitors with warmth, enthusiasm and confidence! Share your “Career Pitch”, a 20-60 second introduction which lists your key points as a potential candidate and the skills, education and experience you can offer an employer.
Be courteous and respectful of the exhibitors, their materials and of everyone attending the Career Fair. You are representing yourself and your university, and making a good impression is critical!
When appropriate, hand out your resume, collect business cards and take notes so you know who you spoke with and what opportunities you learned about from the employers. Later, check company websites for more information and specific job postings.
Be patient. Although you may not get a job at the Career Fair, you will be sharing and gathering information as well as making connections which could lead to a job at a later date.
Follow up. A thank you note will make you stand out as a candidate, particularly a note that is sent within 24 hours.
Enjoy the Career Fair and let your positive attitude show!