Preparing for a Career Fair

 

Job and internship seekers should attend career fairs to gather career information, network with employers, learn about various employers, apply for openings, ask about qualifications of a particular job or internship, find out what majors the employer is interested in hiring, learn about salary ranges, and determine geographic areas where jobs are available.

Check the "Career Fairs & Events" page for upcoming event dates. 

 

WHY EMPLOYERS ATTEND CAREER FAIRS

  • Increase student awareness of their organizations 
  • Discuss employment opportunities 
  • Share information about internships and co-ops 
  • Attract a larger pool of candidates 
  • Obtain resumes for potential job openings 


PREPARE FOR THE FAIR 

  • Clarify your goals for attending 
  • Obtain background information about the event 
  • Learn about the organizations 
  • Prepare a professional resume 
  • Plan your professional attire 
  • Target which organizations you will visit at the fair 


WHAT TO DO AT THE FAIR 

  • Use map to understand the table arrangement 
  • Have copies of your resume easily accessible 
  • Expect to wait in line at some tables 
  • Extend your hand, give a firm handshake, and introduce yourself 
  • Leave a resume 
  • Ask for a business card

 

AFTER THE FAIR 

  • Make a list of your preferred and possible employers 
  • Send a thank you note or email to selected employers 
  • Review your notes about what you have learned 
  • Make a list of follow-up networking ideas 
  • Evaluate your success at the job fair

 

Helpful Resources:

Sample Career Fair Thank-You Letter

Article:  "Learn to Work a Career Fair" 

Article:  "Career Fair Checklist for Career Fair Success"

Article:  "When Job-Hunting: Dress for Success"