Before the Career Fair
Even if you are just passing through! Show these employers that your college is the right place to meet a quality group of potential candidates. Check out our Pinterest page for examples.
Check what companies will be at the fair and research your top choices. The list can be found in event details in Handshake. Think of some questions you'd like to ask them. At a minimum, you should know what the company does before you talk to them.
Include your name, what you're studying, your class level, what kind of employment you're looking for and why you're interested in the company. Your introduction should take less than a minute.
Example: Hi, I'm Sam. I'm a junior in Computer Science and I'm looking for a summer Internship in User Experience Design. You're company really interests me because...
At the Career Fair
Make eye contact, smile, and say hello. Shake the employer's hand, and introduce yourself with your previously prepared introduction mentioned above.
Ask questions about the company that aren't readily available on their website, such as current projects their company is working on, or how to prepare for a job in their field, for example.
Employers not only look at skills related to the field, but also soft skills such as communication, stress management, confidence, and love of learning. Try to display these traits while talking to them.
Don't monopolize the employers' time and be respectful of others waiting to speak with them. Don't focus too much on the giveaways. Remember to say please and thank you.
Towards the end of the conversation, ask if you can offer them your resume or if they prefer that you apply online. Ask for a business card so you can follow up with them after the fair.
After the Career Fair
Sending a thank you note or email after the fair is a good opportunity to remind employers of your interest & skills. Check spelling, grammar, and tone before sending!
Did you get an interview or find a great opportunity? Make an appointment with your Career Advisor to get help with interviewing skills, negotiating job offers, and other professional development concerns.