This short video will go over all of the most important things you need to know to be successful at the Career Fair! Don’t miss this opportunity to #MakeCollegeCount!
Take the Next Step
- Find and research companies attending the fair: Who’s Coming (What if no one is recruiting my major?)
- Sign up for a Career Fair Preparation Workshop
- To create resumes that effectively sell your qualifications, take our Resume Virtual Workshop, or use our Resume Handout
- Learn how to conduct an effective job search and use the Career Fair in your search by taking our Job Search Virtual Workshop or using our Job Search Handout
- Use Vault for career information and advice to help you prepare for the Career Fair.
- Not sure what kind of jobs you want to pursue? Use the other resources in our Virtual Career Center
- Get information about the Professional Headshots available at the fair
What to Expect at the Career Fair
- The earlier you arrive to the fair the more alert and enthusiastic the employer representatives will be. Additionally, try not to come at the very end of the day, because while the Career Center discourages employers from leaving early, some representatives may choose to do so.
- Travel light or check your things at the door. There will be a coat rack and area to leave backpacks, skateboards, etc. outside the ballroom. Remember, if you would not bring it to an interview, don’t bring it into the Career Fair with you! (The Career Center cannot guarantee the safety of these items, so please do not bring valuable items with you.)
- Do bring a portfolio or nice folder for your resumes. This is part of your appearance and the first impression you make.
- Bring your student ID card. When you arrive, you will scan your card and receive a printed name tag with your name and major.
- Wear your name tag. Remember that employers meet a lot of students throughout the day, and they continuously tell us how helpful it is to them when the students they speak with are wearing name tags.
- Turn off your cell phone before entering so it does not interrupt a conversation.
How to Approach a Recruiter
- You will receive a map of the ballroom when you arrive to allow you to find the employers you wish to speak with. Each employer is assigned a table, and most companies will have one or two representatives. If there is a long line at an employer’s table, consider visiting another company first and then coming back.
- Introduce yourself in a positive and confident manner. Smile, make eye contact, project enthusiasm, and offer a firm handshake.
- Give the representative your resume and be ready to discuss your background, qualifications, and career goals.
- Ask questions about career opportunities, specific job openings, and the organization. Don’t leave a table without obtaining a business card.
- Don’t approach an employer simply for the giveaways at their table. Only accept giveaways if the employer offers them after speaking with you.
- Speak/network with as many representatives as possible. There is no excuse to leave the fair without talking to at least several companies. Remember that while a company might not be actively recruiting for the type of job you want, it is still an opportunity to establish contacts and get a foot in the door with a company you may be interested in. (For example, Micron may be primarily recruiting STEM majors, but the company employs individuals in all different career fields, so if it’s a company you’re interested in, speak with the recruiter even if they are not actively recruiting for the type of job you want.) Keep your options open and be prepared for anything.