Career Development

Job fairs are a great place to network with companies and individuals in the market for employees or interns. Check out our event listing for upcoming fairs and workshops to help you prepare for the next step in your life.

Making the Most of a Job Fair


Advantages

  • reach many employers in a short time
  • connect with individuals when mailed resumes fail
  • no cover letters required

How to use Job Fair Guide Books

  • review employer summaries before approaching any interviewers
  • target employers interested in your preparation
  • review company literature and/or web sites

Screening Interviews

  • prepare a one minute "infomercial" about yourself to use as your introduction
  • bring resume copies to give to all interviewers
  • arrive early; stay late
  • be ready with a good handshake
  • interviews may last only 5-10 minutes
  • interviews will NOT result in a job offer the day of the job fair

Remember…

  • note the name of the person you spoke with, or collect business cards
  • make note of anything else you need to do to apply or be considered
  • ask about follow-up; what will happen next, timing
  • dress for success regardless of where interviews take place
  • approach the table alone (no place for parents, children, or partners)
  • be prepared to articulate your career goals
  • smile; make eye contact
  • follow up with a thank you note or requested materials

DON'T...

  • forget to focus on what position you want
  • dress unprofessionally
  • forget your resume
  • go to an interview without doing your homework on the company
  • be unenthusiastic
  • forget to bring questions
  • forget to make eye contact
  • show bad communication skills
  • use a limp handshake
  • ask about salary

 

 
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