Career Fairs – Student Information
Career Fairs connect a large number of employers with potential employees. Advantages to attending:
- Talk to numerous employers at one time and in one place--an efficient and economical way to make contacts in your field.
- Learn more about specific industries and careers to see if they're right for you.
- Make a face-to-face impression on a company representative.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What companies attended the Career Fairs in the past year?
- A list of the companies that attended our Career Fairs in the past year can be found here.
Which companies are attending the Spring 2018 Career Fair?
Please click on the dates below to view the employers that will be attending the Spring Fair.
- Aviation, Business & Liberal Arts (February 7, 2018)
- Computer Science, Engineering & Technology (February 8, 2018)
How should I prepare for the Career Fairs?
- Obtain a list of employers attending the fairs.
- Review standard questions to ask the company representative (refer to list of questions below).
- Develop a script of what to say as an introduction.
What should I take with me to the Fairs?
- Your student ID.
- A letter sized portfolio with a notepad and pen.
- Multiple copies of your resume.
- Your research notes on participants at the fair.
- A compact, professional portfolio of your work samples (if applicable).
Hint: Keep yourself and your materials neat and streamlined, don't overload yourself with too much to carry.
What should I do when I get to the Career Fairs?
- Check in at the registration table for a name tag, map of Career Fair participants, and other posted information.
- Select the first company you are interested in and approach the company table. As you approach the table, have your materials organized, a resume readily available, and any information about the company within easy reach.
Hint: If the line seems too long, it may be more efficient to select another company and come back later.
How do I approach the company representatives?
- As you approach the company table, respect the privacy of others as they complete their conversations.
- Conduct yourself professionally at all times, remembering that you are on stage even as you stand in line or move about the interview area.
- Establish eye contact, present a firm handshake, introduce yourself and know why you have chosen this company. (Avoid being one of the candidates who offers a limp handshake.)
What kinds of questions should I ask the company representatives?
- What types of career opportunities does your company offer?
- What majors does your organization typically hire?
- What kinds of positions do you offer in my major?
- What are the job responsibilities for that type of position?
- What are the most important qualities or characteristics you look for in hiring?
- What are the most important skills necessary to do the job?
- What recommendations would you make for someone who would like to enter that field?
- How did you get into the organization/career field? What is your background and how does it relate to the position?
- What are the typical first year assignments?
- Do you have Co-op, internship or summer job opportunities for someone in my major?
- Do you know of other contacts who might be helpful to me?
- May I contact you if I need more information?
What questions should I AVOID asking at the Career Fair?
- "What's the pay range for this position?" (Save this question for follow-up interviews)
- "What about benefits and vacation time?" (These items are usually explained when the hiring manager offers you the job)
- "Can you tell me about your company?" (This question shows that you haven't done your homework)
How do I make the most of the Career Fair?
Ask yourself what you want from the Career Fair:
- Information about occupations/majors
- Contacts for permanent, summer, or co-op/internship jobs
- Job leads
What can I do to be prepared?
- Know what organizations will be there.
- Plan and practice an introduction.
- Ask intelligent, meaningful questions (refer to examples).
- Imagine yourself as the employer. What would you be looking for in a candidate?
How can I network effectively?
Advertise yourself. Develop a short introduction that sells you.
- Greeting, name, major, graduation date.
- Reason for attending Career Fair.
- Evidence of your knowledge about the industry, company and products.
- Summary of your skills and experiences.
How can I make a good impression?
- Use a firm handshake, make eye contact, smile.
- Address the representative as Mr., Ms., or Dr. (check name tag).
- Present your resume and indicate to the recruiter your purpose for attending the Career Fair.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the field/organization.
- Relate your skills, interests and experiences to specific needs of the employer.
- Highlight your previous or current work experiences that show your ability to perform related tasks and indicate your potential to acquire skills.
- Refer to leadership roles or volunteer experiences, coordinating committee activities, etc.
- Be responsive to questions posed by company representatives.
- Listen carefully, your conversation may yield vital information or leads that might affect the interview or lead to potential employment opportunities.
- Keep your hands free to take notes and shake hands.
- Ask for a business card and company information (after you visit, write some key words on the back of the card to help remind you of the conversation, the recruiter, etc).
How should I dress?
Professional looking suit or dress, appropriate shoes, and minimal jewelry. Keep perfume to a minimum, or better yet, don't use at all.
Suit or jacket, shirt and tie, and appropriate shoes. Keep cologne to a minimum, or better yet, don't use at all.
What should I do after the Career Fair?
- Keep notes on your conversations and how you said you would follow up (by email or phone).
- If no business card is available, ask if the recruiter can be reached at the telephone number or address on the literature.
- The day following the fair, call or email the representative you spoke with. In your email, add date, name of event and location, and thank them for their time. Reiterate important information that should be restated and emphasized, in addition to your qualifications and any information you neglected to mention.
- Proofread your email.
- You may want to include a copy of your resume.
Evaluate your experience to understand how the next experience can be improved
- Did you contact the company?
- Did you have difficulty answering any questions?
- Did you relate your academic studies to career goals?
- Did you mention experiential experiences?
Answering these questions and others can help prepare you for your next fair or meeting with any business professional as you develop your networking process.