Published: Sept. 15, 2017 By

Girl at Career FairDid you know companies recruit for most summer jobs and internships in the fall semester? This is why the Fall Career Fair, being held Sept. 27–28, is such a huge event for CU Boulder students.

This two-day event brings in more than 180 employers, from local small businesses to international organizations. Recruiters from Lockheed Martin, Northup Grumman, NBC Universal, Amazon nd many others will be on campus this year to hire Buff talent.

Here are six quick tips to help you feel prepared and make the most of the upcoming career fair.

Pick a day

Are you a student pursuing a degree in computer science, engineering, information systems, technology or research? Technology Day, held on Wednesday, September 27, would be for you. 

Non-technology focused majors including accounting, banking, consulting, government, human services, management, retail, sales, communications and more should attend All Campus Day on Thursday, Septmeber 28.

Both fairs will be held in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University Memorial Center (UMC).

Do your research

You can see a list of employers who plan to attend the career fair on Handshake (previously Career Buffs). Make a list of employers you’d like to speak with and familiarize yourself with their products, services and recent news.

Dress to impress 

Put your best foot forward by dressing professionally. Aside from your resume, your appearance is the recruiters' first impression of you. Your job fair attire should support your image as a professional who takes the job search seriously and understands the nature of the industry you want to work in. 

Nowadays, the term “business professional” means something different for every industry. As for students seeking their first job or internship, it is better to dress more professionally than to be too casual.

If you do not have a suit, dark slacks or a skirt paired with a blouse or button-up and tie is the next best thing. Wear nice, comfortable shoes. Avoid too-tight clothes and overly bright colors with distracting designs.

Visit Career Services on Pinterest to get some professional style inspiration.

Come prepared

Career fairs are open to both current students and alumni, so be sure to bring your Buff OneCard for entry. You should also bring multiple copies of your resume—some employers ask you to apply online, but having a paper copy to hand them while you talk can be helpful—as well as pen and paper to take notes after you’ve spoken.

A bag drop will not be available at the fair, so do not bring a backpack. A small carrying bag or portfolio is all you need. Avoid taking calls or texts or being on social media while at a potential employer’s booth. Cell phones should be off or on vibrate.

Practice your pitch

Practice introducing yourself and letting employers know what you’re looking for. Start by stating your name, year in school, major or area of interest and talk about some relevant skills or experiences. Ask questions to start the conversation with the employer. 

Follow up

If you received a business card or contact information from a company representative, send them an email. Reintroduce yourself (they meet a lot of students) and thank them for their time. Check our events calendar to see if they will be on campus for another event to further connect.