Published: Nov. 19, 2015

One piece of advice, if you don’t own a suit, a pantsuit, some polished pair of dress shoes, fair
a tie or a decent shirt, do yourself a favor and go get yourself some of those now. Although you never know when you may have to look dashing and professional, you should very well be aware that when a career fair is occurring on campus, it is extremely recommended to be on your A-game and to rock one of your best business attire to be taken more seriously by employers.

Yes, every semester, hordes of companies hungry for fresh college students or graduates roam our campus in sets of different career fairs in order to pre-recruit their future part-time or full-time employees. The roster of companies coming to CU-Boulder is usually provided on the CareerBuffs website as well as the names of the representative recruiters (handy if you forget somebody’s name). Each of those fairs usually cater to a broad set of majors which the tens of companies take specific interests in, but they’re open to any student. Indeed, whether you are actively looking for a job or not, attending one of them is a great insight in the business world.

Firstly, the atmosphere will give you a glimpse of how busy and vibrant a job marketplace really is. There are tons of people looking for a job, and it’s your responsibility to make yourself aware of the fields you are into. It is also an opportunity for anybody to pass their résumés around to companies which might just keep your name in their file somewhere for future references. Talk about references, a career fair is just the place you want to attend for networking. Putting yourself in front of potential recruiters can only be beneficial when it’s actually time for you to get your foot in the door after you graduate.

All in all, make sure you always take something out of a career fair experience. Mingle with the crowd and learn more about the business of your field. You can also expand your horizon and connect with other students of slightly different majors. As a piece of advice, make sure to always ask for a business card when a conversation goes smoothly and stirs your interests and perspectives. Ultimately, it might be pivotal to email a business representative a few days after the career fair to remind them of what makes you unique from others.