Get Career Fair Ready!
Confidence is key in conquering the career fair, and we're here to help. Use these resources to prepare for the big day and make an appointment with your career services coordinator if you have additional questions.
Career Fair Survival Guide
Before the Fair
- Research the companies attending
- Prepare questions to ask employers
- Practice your elevator pitch
- Print multiple copies of your resume
- Apply for all the jobs you’re interested in on Career Connect
- Attend employer information sessions virtually or on campus
During the Fair
- Dress professionally
- Learn the location layout before approaching companies
- Approach companies you’re unfamiliar with - it may surprise you
- Be patient if lines are long
- Collect employer business cards and keep notes to remember important facts for the future
- Listen to your body and take a snack and water break
After the Fair
- Attend Interview Day only if invited
- Write thank you notes to the employers you’re interested in
- Be patient in employer follow-up as they attend many career fairs
- Make a follow-up call within a week of the career fair
- Contact our office if you have lost a business card for contact information
- Meet with your career services coordinator for assistance on job offers and salary negotiations
Apply for Career Fair Jobs
Log in to your Career Connect account and apply for the jobs with companies you will be meeting. Get ahead of the competition and show companies your interest beforehand.
Several resume review events will be held during the month of the University-Wide Career Fair on campus and within the colleges. This is a great opportunity for a career services coordinator to review your resume before sharing it with employers. Check Career Connect and our social media for location and dates.
Stop by the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education during drop-in hours for a quick 15-minute resume review.
An elevator pitch is a 60-second or less introduction that quickly explains who you are, your expertise/goals, and your interest in the company. This was the number one tip employers said all students should have for a career fair.
Meet with your career services coordinator to practice your pitch before the fair.
Piece your pitch together: