Career Fair Tips

Reasons to Attend Career Fairs

Companies participate in fairs to identify prospective candidates for internship, co-op and full-time career positions. Career Fairs provide students an opportunity to . . .

  • Learn about career opportunities and research prospective employers
  • Identify and/or create employment opportunities (intern/co-op, full-time positions)
  • Hone job-hunting skills
  • Network and meet hiring managers
  • Land a job

9 ways to Attract Attention at Career Fairs

Learn the best ways to stand out at a Career Fair. Printable (PDF) copy of information.

1. Know your Job Interests and your Qualifications
  • Be able to express your qualifications including strengths, academic preparation, related experiences, and skills (i.e.: communication, technical, leadership).
  • Prepare a 30 second commercial that highlights what you can do, not what the prospective employer can do for you.
2. Have a Well Written Resume
3. Research Companies in Advance

Your research on firms 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, CD ROMS and directories.
  • Ask Faculty about the firms and alumni working there
4. Allow Enough Time and Plan Ahead
  • Study the floor plan available in the student booklet you'll recieve 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.
5. Appearance Counts
  • 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.
6. Ask Questions and Listen
  • 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.
7. Record Information in your Notebook/Portfolio
  • 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.
8. Follow-up with a Letter
  • Recruiters like to know that you are interested. Write a follow-up note as soon as possible expressing interest and further research findings.
  • If you missed a company, drop a note to express interest. Include your resume.
9. Prepare for Follow-up Interviews
  • Companies participate in fairs to identify prospective candidates for intern, co-op and career positions. They usually follow-up on their leads.
  • You can prepare for interviews by reviewing the CES Interview Guide, watching videos on interviewing, attending an interview workshop, participating in Mock Interviews with employers who visit campus, or scheduling a mock interview with your career advisor.