A Career Fair is an excellent opportunity to gather information about your career choice and specific organizations. The Career Fair is designed so that you may have an informal conversation with employers.
Helpful hints when attending a career fair:
- Do not hesitate to approach a representative. This shows you are confident and comfortable discussing your field of study.
- Feel free to take notes, pick up printed material, and ask for business cards.
- Take multiple copies of your resume. Representatives might want a copy for their HR department for consideration in future openings if you are not yet qualified for thier current openings.
How to prepare:
- Check the employer list in advance to identify which organizations you would like to speak with.
- Prepare a 30 second summary in order to introduce yourself and express your interest with that particular organization.
- Prepare questions to ask the representatives.
- What entry-level opportunities are available in your organization?
- What qualifications do you seek in your employees?
- What advice do you have for me as someone interested in this field and/or organization?
- Does your organization offer internships, if so, how do I apply?
At the Career fair:
- Dress appropriately (see "Dress For Success").
- Give a firm handshake.
- Have you resume easily available (in a folder or briefcase).
- Maintain eye contact.
- Speak clearly and concisely.
- Show enthusiasm.
After You Speak with the Representative:
- To follow up, ask for a business card. Write key notes on the back so that later you can recall the conversation.
- Send a thank-you note within 24-48 hours. Include a copy of your resume and express the desire to learn more about the company.