Career Fair Info for Students

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
  • 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 company Information Sessions 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
  • Shake hands and smile when meeting employers
  • 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
  • Find RIT alumni employers by finding the Tiger Sticker on their name tag

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 fair
  • Contact our office if you have lost a business card for contacts
  • Meet your coordinator for assistance on job offer 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 the month of the University-Wide Career Fair on campus and within the colleges. This is a great opportunity for a coordinator to review your resume before the employers. Check Career Connect and our social media for location and dates.

Stop by the Career Services and Cooperative Education office 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 No. 1 tip employers said all students should have for the 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 the 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.

RIT Career Connect Virtual Career Fair

Some career fairs may be held through RIT Career Connect's Virtual Career Fair module. Employers will host one-on-one video chats with students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Through this event, students can:

  • RSVP and build your fair profile to allow employers to review your resume before the big day
  • Search for participating employers, their job openings, what they're looking for, etc.
  • Join an employer's queue to meet one-on-one with a recruiter
  • After the fair, have access to your notes and send thank-yous to recruiters.

See a preview of what your Virtual Career Fair experience could be here.