How to Prepare for a Career Fair
A career fair enables you to meet personally with recruiters from participating companies. It’s important to know what recruiters are looking for before attending this event.
Career Fair Preparation
- Review the list of companies attending and research the ones that interest you
- Update your résumé and have it reviewed (Career Services offers résumé review every day)
- Practice your elevator speech (your 30-second commercial outlining your career goals and aspirations)
- Gather items to take with you: résumé copies, notepad and pen, and research notes on the company
- Prepare questions to ask employers
- Wear professional clothing
- Prepare a strategy of how you will work the career fair; know where the companies you want to talk with are located
- Greet the representative with an enthusiastic smile, a firm hand shake, and good eye contact
- Introduce yourself, “Hi, my name is ____ and I am interested in opportunities in this field.”
- Tell the representative your short- and long-term career goals
- Ask if the company has any open positions
- Prepare a brief description of your skills and achievements
- Ask questions about the type of person they are looking for
- What are the duties and responsibilities?
- What qualities, skills, and experience does the organization look for?
- What type of training is offered?
- Offer a copy of your résumé and ask for a business card
- Thank the employer for talking with you and shake hands
Career Fair Review
- Review the business cards you obtained, along with your notes
- Send a thank-you letter or email to the person you spoke with
- Use proper grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
- Address the person in a proper manner (example: Mr. or Mrs.)
- Reference a part of your conversation in the letter or email
- Describe your interest in the company
- Persistence is good, but only in moderation