How to Make the Most of It
Before the Fair
- Know your job interests and qualifications: practice a 30 second elevator pitch highlighting your strengths, academic preparation, and related experiences. Focus on how you can contribute to the company, NOT what the employer can do for you.
- Have your resume reviewed by Career Services: there is nothing like a fresh pair of eyes to proof read it one last time!
- Know who is attending: peruse this Directory and make a list of companies you want to meet with beforehand. On the day of, you will have an easier time navigating where you want to go.
- Research companies in advance: visit company websites that pique your interest; read their featured articles; show their representatives that you have prepared ahead of time.
- Prepare questions:
- What specific skills/qualifications does your organization look for in its candidates?
- Where does your company have branches or offices?
- What's the company culture like?
- How does your organization train its new employees?
- What are typical entry-level (or internship) positions?
Day of the Fair
- Make the best use of your time: if an area is crowded, head to another booth—you can always circle back! If you’re unable to visit each company that interests you, make sure that you pick up information at their tables so you can research them afterwards.
- Dress appropriately: wear professional, business casual attire. Khakis/trousers and a long-sleeved, buttoned, solid shirt are safe for both men and women. Women can opt for a knee length skirt. Avoid tight or baggy clothing.
- Ask questions, and speak clearly and concisely: refer to the questions you prepared in advance, and never underestimate the power of eye contact and a firm handshake.
- Record information in your notebook or in this Directory: Or, write down key points on the back of those business cards.
- Take Breaks!
- Network: use the Fair to make connections with employers, alumni, and fellow students. Before you leave, return to the booths of which you have a vested interest. When there is a break in the action, thank the representatives again for their time, and let them know that you will be in touch.
After the Fair
Follow-up with employers: within 48 hours, email a thank you card to the recruiters you met with (note: did you speak with more than one at the booth? Send each a personalized message). State your interest in the company, add something specific that you talked about, and use this opportunity to ask additional questions.