Employer wearing glasses holding a resume talking to a student at a career fair at CU BoulderCareer 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.

  • 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. Remember that professional attire does not just mean dressed up. Every employer has different expectations for professional attire. It is better to dress more professionally than to be too casual.

Men: If you do not have a suit, dark slacks paired with a button-up and tie is the next best thing. Wear nice shoes. Avoid overly bright colors with distracting designs.

Women: If you do not have a suit, a dark skirt or slacks paired with a blouse is common. Wear nice heels or flats. Avoid short skirts, tight-fitting shirts, and stilettos.

Come Prepared. 

  • Bring your BuffOne Card. Career fairs are open to current students and alumni.
  • 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.
  • Bring a pen and paper. Take notes after you’ve spoken with an organization.

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, 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.