Want to make the most of your Career Fair experience? Do a little bit of prep!
Before the Fair:
- Prepare an introduction, especially if you plan to meet with recruiters one-to-one.
This one bit of prep can help you feel more confident about your interactions.
- Actively seeking opportunities? Polish your resume and be prepared to provide it upon request.
Meet with a CES career advisor to have your resume reviewed.
- Choose an outfit that you feel comfortable/confident wearing, and that will make a good impression — even if the event is virtual.
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're happy to give you pointers.
No time to change before an in-person event? Attend regardless of your attire. Well, maybe not jammies. :-)
- Familiarize yourself with Career Fair organizations, listed in Handshake.
Consider searching Logger Link or LinkedIn for alumni who work at companies that are attending the fair.
- Prepare questions in advance.
What is it that you want to know about a particular organization? Do some research prior to the Fair. The answers to basic questions are often available online. You can set yourself apart from others if you prepare thoughtful questions that dig a bit deeper.
During the Fair:
- In-person: Need last-minute tips, suggestions for organizations and opportunities that fit your interests, or a quick pep talk? CES staff are available to chat! (Nervous? Organizations with Puget Sound alumni are always a good place to start!)
Virtual: CES will still be available to offer tips and encouragement. But if you're looking for suggestions about organizations and opportunities, consult with CES in advance so that you have time to register for sessions with popular organizations that may fill all of their time-slots prior to the event.
- Greet the representative, smile and introduce yourself.
- If the event is in-person, visit *all* of the tables. For virtual events, fill up your session schedule. 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:
- In-person: Collect a business card from the representative. This will ensure you have the correct spelling and address for your follow up.
Virtual: You can find contact info for representatives via the Career Fair resources on Handshake.
- Send a thank you message within 24 hours of the Fair.