Attracting Attention at Career Fairs
1. Job Interests and Qualifications
- Be able to express your qualifications including strengths, academic preparation, related experiences, and skills (i.e.: communication, technical, leadership).
- Prepare a 30 second elevator pitch that highlights what you can do, not what the prospective employer can do for you.
- Attend a CES Resume Building Workshop and/or Resume Critique Session.
- Schedule an appointment with your career advisor for a resume critique.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume (on resume paper) to the fair. Print enough for all the employers you plan to visit plus extras.
- Consider having your own business card which includes your degree, date of graduation, contact information, and university name.
3. Research Companies
Researching the organizations will show Recruiters you are hard-working, eager, dedicated and goal-oriented. You can also better manage your time by prioritizing those you visit at the fair.
- Review the list of participating employers at the fair.
- Review websites of companies you plan to visit.
- Go to Hale Library for annual reports, and assistance with online researching.
- Ask Faculty about the organizations and alumni working there.
4. Time and Day-of Plans
- Study the floor plan available in the student booklet you'll receive when you check-in.
- Arrive early and plan to stay at least two hours, longer if possible.
- Plan your time and try to avoid long lines.
- Demonstrate confidence: make eye contact, give a firm hand shake, smile!
- Dress professionally, but comfortably enough to move easily throughout the fair.
- Visit the Student Registration booth to obtain a name tag and information packet.
6. Communicate with Employers
- Find out what you can do to be considered, get more information, and arrange an interview or secure an on-site visit.
- Reveal information in a give and take fashion (PDF). Identify employers' needs and then match your skills to those needs.
- Listen carefully.
- Prepare a few questions in advance to add to the conversation.
7. Record Information
- Make notes after each stop at the fair on the information you gain, especially their follow-up and interview plans.
- Pick up business cards and firm literature.
- Recruiters like to know that you are interested. Write a follow-up note as soon as possible expressing interest.
- If you missed a company, drop a note to express interest. Include your resume.
- Companies participate in fairs to identify prospective candidates for intern, co-op and career positions. They usually follow-up on their leads. Many participate in next-day interviews the day after a career fair.
- You can prepare for interviews by visiting the Interviews portion of the CES website.
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