Career Fair Tips
You're welcome to just show up and browse, but you'll make the most of the Career Fair if you do a bit of prep. Below are some tips to get you started. Need help honing your introduction, practicing your handshake, polishing your resume, or developing a strategy for connecting with employers? CES can help. Just ask!
Before the Fair:
- Prepare an introduction. This will help you approach employers with ease.
- Actively seeking opportunities? Prepare a resume and bring several copies.
Make an appointment with a CES career advisor before the Fair to have your resume critiqued.
- Plan to dress professionally to make the best impression.
A suit is not required. However, especially if you're seeking opportunities, we recommend that you dress nicely. If you're uncertain, bring your outfit to CES beforehand. We'd be happy to give you pointers. No time to change? Or just browsing? Attend regardless of your attire. Well, maybe not jammies. : )
P.S. Dressed to impress? Visit the CES LinkedIn Photo Booth at the Fair to have a professional-looking headshot taken for your LinkedIn profile!
- Familiarize yourself with Career Fair organizations. Consider searching the ASK Network for alumni who work at companies that are attending the fair.
- Prepare additional questions in advance.
What is it that you want to know about a particular organization? Remember, you can often find the answers to basic questions by doing some research prior to the Fair. You will set yourself apart from others if you prepare thoughtful questions that dig a bit deeper.
- Sign up for a pre-printed nametag.
During the Fair:
- Greet the representative, shake hands, smile and introduce yourself.
- Visit *all* the tables. Why?
- Practice makes perfect! Use this as an opportunity to hone your skills of meeting employers and asking them questions. You'll become more comfortable with each greeting.
- Employers often hire from a wide variety of majors, and may offer career options that you wouldn't expect. Take the time to ask questions and learn about each organization.
- Ask recruiters questions to learn more about their organization. For instance:
- Are there particular majors that enter this field?
- What do you like about working for this organization/in this field?
- What are some of the challenges associated with working for this organization/in this field?
- How does the hiring process work?
- How do you train new employees?
- Is there a typical advancement pattern for new employees?
- Thank the representative for their time. If you want to pursue opportunities with an organization:
- Collect a business card from the representative. This will ensure you have the correct spelling and address for your follow up.
- Send a thank you card, letter, or e-mail within 24 hours of the Fair.