Career Fair Preparation

Career fairs or expos are an opportunity for recruiters for companies to get face time with potential applicants. In turn they are a great way for students/alumni to find out what is happening in their industry and learn about companies that they may not be familiar with.

What to expect:

Depending on the event that you are attending career fairs can be specific to your industry or broad with many industries and companies in attendance.

  • Layout
    • Typically career fairs take place in larger open floor plan facilities and there are tables or booths designated for each employer.
    • Each booth may have anywhere between 1- 5 recruiters depending on the company’s size and the positions they are recruiting for
      • With that in mind, you may need to wait in line to speak with an employer so be sure to schedule enough time for yourself to attend the event
    • Water stations can be found at most career fairs

How to prepare:

  • What to wear:
    • This is often your first impression with many of these employers/recruiters
  • Have a game plan:
  • Be sure to research employers:
  • Practice introducing yourself:
    • Make eye contact, smile and use a nice firm handshake
  • What to bring:
    • Bring extra copies of your resume
  • What not to bring:
  • Don’t forget to follow-up

How the Career and Advising Center can help:

  • Career fairs
    • Part-Time Jobs Fair
    • College of Health Professions Career Fair
    • Meet the Firms
    • Fall Career Expo Day 1 & 2
    • Spring Career Expo Day 1 & 2
  • Preparation events
    • Pitch Perfect
    • Suit Up!
  • Career Studio
    • Drop by the Career Studio in Ceres Hall 306 to practice your elevator pitch, to make a game plan for the fair, for help with your resume
    • Career Closet