Whether you're seeking your first internship or need to secure your post-graduation plans, attending a campus career fair is a great place to start! Most positions are filled from networking opportunities like career fairs, so don't miss your chance to make a big impression.
Here are five quick tips to help you feel prepared and make the most of the upcoming career fair.
Do your research.
You can see a list of employers who plan to attend the career fair on Handshake. 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.
Most employers do not expect you to wear a full suit. Nice pants and a button-down shirt, blouse or sweater are fine. Show that you've made an effort to look nice and want to make a good impression. 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.
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.
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.