Whether you are a first-year student exploring majors or a senior looking for your dream job, careers fairs are an amazing way for employers to meet you, for you to learn about careers, obtain information about organizations, and make connections that can lead to a job/internship.
Be prepared to talk about yourself and tell your story! Employers want to know how you are qualified for their job/internship. Build your confidence by identifying your unique interests, strengths, skills and experiences. Get started here.
Having a resume you are proud of is a must for career fair success! Update your resume and have it reviewed by a career counselor. Here are some helpful tips.
Use Handshake and take a look at the list of employers attending the fair and the jobs/internship positions they are hiring for. Learning about the employer and their positions is a great way to determine what organizations you see yourself working for. Create a list of the organizations you are most interested in and spend your time at the career fair talking to them.
Not sure what to wear? Do your research. Professional dress can vary by industry or from one company to another. A more creative environment may allow for bold statements, but many industries stick to the basics. Check out our Pinterest board for ideas.
Employers are excited to meet you! Go up and talk to them. Show your enthusiasm and smile as you approach the table. It is common that employers will greet you by offering a handshake. Some alternatives to handshakes are nodding your head or waving.
Communication with employers is important to success at a career fair!
Now that you have the employers contact information send a personalized thank you. Thanking employers for their time gives a nice and courteous touch.
Apply to the jobs/internships you liked. When you apply make sure to write in the application who you spoke with. Also, send an email to the recruiter you met at the fair to let them know you applied. This will help your application move along!
Schedule an appointment with a career counselor or come to drop-in hours!