Make the Most of a Career Fair
Employers are very interested in finding out about you and your career interests. They also want to share important information about their organization and available opportunities. Take advantage of this great networking opportunity. Here is how you can maximize your experience.
Before the Fair
- Research participating employers and the opportunities they have available.
- Prepare a 60-90 second pitch to introduce yourself. Greet employers with a firm handshake, make good eye contact, and smile. You will make a strong first impression and help convey to the employer that you are a serious candidate.
- Dress in professional business attire.
- Learn how to make your resume stand out.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume printed on resume paper.
At the Fair
- Present yourself as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the industry and organization.
- Let the employer know what areas interest you and ask about the types of opportunities they are recruiting for.
- Ask insightful, well-informed questions. Avoid questions about salary.
- Offer the employer a copy of your resume or ask how you can formally apply.
- Collect employer brochures that will assist you in learning about additional opportunities or preparing for interviews.
- Ask for a business card to keep a record of everyone you meet.
- Do not rule out an employer because of the industry it represents. For example, a publishing company may have opportunities in marketing.
- Do not underestimate yourself. Employers are open to all kinds of interests, backgrounds, majors, extra-curricular activities, community service, and experience.
After the Fair
- Follow up with employers after the career fair. Send a thank you email or hand written letter. Make a follow up phone call and remember to send any materials that have been requested of you (i.e., resume, cover letter, etc.).