Our career fairs and events are open to all CU Boulder students and alumni! We offer several workshops, panel events, career fairs and industry nights throughout the year, so check back frequently to make sure you don’t miss out.
Need a professional photo to post on Handshake before the career fairs? Stop by Career Services to use our free photo booth!
How to prepare for an in-person career fair
Whether you’re looking for an internship or a job after graduation, career fairs are a great way to make progress in your search. These events allow you to connect with employers who will be hiring, and there are steps you can take to help you make a great first impression. Here are some tips for making the most of the virtual career events taking place this semester.
A benefit of attending the fair is to expand your professional network. Even if you are not actively job searching, attending a fair is an opportunity to meet new employers, learn about the wide variety of opportunities, learn more about industry trends and build confidence in your job or internship search.
We recommend you create a list of 5-8 employers you want to talk to during the fair. Consider employers you have heard of before and those you are not familiar with. Spend time researching their website, specifically looking for a ‘careers’ page. You can learn more about the company on their Handshake, LinkedIn company page, and/or Glassdoor. Specifically, conduct an environmental scan of the organization by reviewing their mission and values, benefits (salary, insurance, paid time off, etc.), and what employees who work there (or have worked there) say about the organization.
Make sure you have a resume that highlights your skills, abilities and experience. If there are specific employers that you are scheduled to chat with during the career fair, make a variation of your resume that is tailored to each employer. Review these tips for creating a memorable resume, and use the free AI resume builer by Quinncia to get personalized, instant feedback on your resume.
You should also prepare two or three questions to ask each employer. These should be related to the company or positions you’re interested in. As part of your research before the event, make sure your questions are insightful and not easily answered by looking at their website. Here are some sample questions that might be good to ask:
How did your degree help you prepare for the position you are in now?
I read that your company just started a project doing _______. What opportunities would an intern/new team member have in this project?
What do you like most about your job and working for _______?
I am interested in following up with you about your job opening. Could you tell me the next steps in the process? And could you give me your email address so that I can follow up with you in a few days?
You can print copies of your resume ahead of time, but it’s not required. Bring a notebook and pen so you can keep track of notes and follow up items. Take note of what you liked or didn’t like about the company. You’ll want to reference these notes later if you’re invested for an interview.
Utilize the resource provided at check-in to identify where the employers you want to talk to are located within the room. We recommend you start with an employer you are not as excited about and then prioritize the companies you are most interested in to talk with after you warm up. There may be lines for certain employers, and thus you may want to start with employers who have less traffic.
Consider talking with organizations that you are not familiar with. You can do some quick research on your own or can connect with Career Services staff at the information table to do some quick research.
If possible, don’t bring a bag or backpack to the fair as there is not a place to safely keep those items.
For more tips to help you prepare for career fairs, check out weekly programs and workshops from Career Services.
Accessibility tips for attending in-person fairs
Get prepped for the career fair with these accessibility tips and tricks!
Before you arrive at the fair, be sure to update your Handshake profile with your name and pronouns, resume, skills and a photo. This will help employers get a full picture of who you are and your experience.
Each employer will have a QR code for you to scan at their table. This allows them to collect a list of all the students who checked in with them. They can then view your profile, download your resume and message you after the fair. So be sure to update your profile!
There is usually a big rush when the fair starts at 11 a.m. If you want to avoid the crowd, come later in the afternoon, between 2 and 4 p.m.
The smaller conference room 235 (across from the ballroom) may also have additional employers, so start there!
Professional attire expectations are changing. Wear what you feel comfortable in and dress for the job you want.
There will be a free photo booth on site at the fair you can use to take a profile picture.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, feel free to take a break and leave the fair until you feel ready to come back. You will be able to get a new name tag when you return, if you need one.
Some UMC study spots include:
- First floor - Dining area or Outdoor Terrace
- Second floor - Memorial Lounge
- Third floor - Conference Rooms 382, 384, 386 (if not being used)
- Fourth floor - Atrium
- Fifth floor - Overlook Terrace
There will be no bag or coat drop, so plan to carry what you bring. You will need:
- Your Buff OneCard.
- Multiple copies of your resume or a digital copy.
- Pen and paper to take notes after you’ve spoken with an organization.
- A list of questions ready for employers.
- Your phone to view the list of employers and to virtually check in with each employer you meet with.
While at the fair, scan the QR code at each employer booth you visit to be added to their queue so they can find your profile, download your resume and connect with you after the fair.
We recommend you enter the fair from the south terrace of the UMC. This entrance includes a ramp and leads directly to the fair check-in area.
The UMC has several gender-neutral and ADA-accessible restrooms throughout the building. Refer to the building maps for locations.
You can print your resume or other documents at the Ink Spot, on the first floor of the UMC, near the UMC Market. It is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The UMC has a quiet space on the second floor (in the Student Engagement & Collaboration Area – SECA lounge). Request access from the second floor reception desk.
Check the Muslim Student Association website for a list of additional prayer spaces on campus.
The UMC has a lactation room on the first floor (room 132). Request the key from the second floor reception desk.
If you need any additional assistance or accommodations while you’re at the fair, check with a Career Services team member at the student check-in or the info table. We are here to help make your experience as easy as possible!
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Resources for Virtual Fairs
Want to know more about how to prep for and participate in a virtual career fair? Check out these helpful links: