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. 

View Fall 2023 University-Wide Career Fair Map

Please note: Employers are subject to change.

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.

Resume Reviews

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.

Elevator Pitch

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:

Hi, my name is Jane and I am a third-year marketing student at RIT's Saunders College of Business. 

I am starting my search for a co-op or internship experience that will help me build upon my experiences in social media management and B2C selling.

I love fashion and thrifting. I wanted to start my own business to combine my passions with what I'm learning in class. I have been able to grow my social media engagement by 50% over the last year and have turned a profit of $5,500.

I am interested in your company because of its focus on B2C marketing and how you're able to garner attention over multiple demographics.

I've applied to your summer co-op position and would love the opportunity to discuss my qualifications for this role.

Career Fair Check-in

  1. Bring your RIT ID.
  2. Leave bags at home for a quick check-in through the metal detectors. The SLC lockers will be closed on career fair day.
  3. The Field House floor opens at 10 a.m.