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Career fairs are the best events to learn about several opportunities and businesses in a short amount of time. Our events bring in employers from many local and national companies seeking to hire CU Boulder students in a variety of different roles. Here are a few quick tips to help you before, during and after a career fair. 

5 Quick Tips to Prepare for a Career Fair

Do your research

  • Log in to your Handshake account to review the list of employers who are attending the career fair. 
  • Make a list of the employers you’d like to speak with, and familiarize yourself with their products, services and recent news.

Schedule times to chat with employers

  • Once you have your list of employers you’d like to connect with at a virtual fair, your next step is to schedule time with each of them. In Handshake, click on an employer's logo and go to their “Jobs” tab. Before you can select a time you must apply to the employer’s schedule. Apply to the "Virtual Chat with Employer X” posting to schedule time with them during the virtual fair. Once you apply, you will have access to an employer's chat schedule where you can choose a 15-minute time slot that fits into your schedule to chat.
  • Your scheduled chats will appear in your "On-Campus Interviews" tab on Handshake. 

  • Instructions for how to connect with each employer at the virtual fair will be in their schedules, and will be emailed to you prior to your scheduled chat.

Prepare and practice

  • Make sure you have a resume that highlights your skills, abilities and experience. Review these tips for creating a memorable resume.
  • 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. 

  • Think of some questions to ask to help start a conversation with an employer.

Get organized

  • If you’re using a virtual program to connect with the employer, like Zoom or Skype, test it before your scheduled time. Additionally, be mindful of your background if you have a video chat scheduled with an employer.
  • Whether you have a video chat or a phone call scheduled, dress professionally from head to toe. Consider wearing a nice button-up shirt or blouse with a blazer, and paired with slacks or a skirt. Dressing up can put you in a better mindset and help you make a good first impression if you’re on camera. 

  • Have a notebook and pen nearby as well. After speaking with employers, write down a few things that you discussed. Take note of what you liked or didn’t like about the company. You’ll want to reference these notes later to recall the conversation if you’re asked to schedule an interview.

Follow up

  • If you received contact information from a company representative, send them an email following your conversation. Reintroduce yourself (they will chat with many students at the fair) and thank them for their time. Use your notes to recall something that you discussed or enjoyed about the conversation, and let them know you’re interested in moving to the next step in the process.
  • Check our events calendar to see if they will be attending another upcoming event to further connect.