- Before the Career Fair
- During the Career Fair
- After the Career Fair
- Career Fair Do's and Don'ts
- Career and Job Fair Websites
- Research the companies. Impress employers by your knowledge of recent developments as well as company background.
- Know what you are going to wear. Business casual at least but a suit is always a good way to impress.
- Have your résumé critiqued by the CCO.
- Print copies of your résumé on résumé paper. Depending on the size of the fair, you may print more or less but 20 is a safe number generally.
- Practice your personal introduction and be prepared to talk about yourself and how you could fit in with the employers at the fair.
- Get a map from one of the volunteers at the fair so that you know where you are going.
- Talk to an employer who may not be on the top of your list first to relieve some of your nervousness.
- Keep your extra résumés as well as portfolio and pens in a professional portfolio or bag.
- Wait your turn to speak with employers and approach the employers with confidence.
- You are expected to begin the conversation, so start your introduction!
- Leave a résumé if you are interested in their opportunities.
- Be sure to pick up a business card from the employer.
- Once out of sight, make notes to help you remember specific employers. Note what you discussed so that your follow-up can be more personal.
Your Personal Introduction:
Definitely Include: Name, tell them you are a student or graduate from SMC, year in school or graduated, your major, and pick something from the “Optional Inclusion” section below, and end with an engaging question.
Optional Inclusion: Related past experiences, opportunities you are seeking (internship or full-time), and information you researched about the company.
A Few Engaging Questions to Ask During the Career Fair:
- What traits or characteristics do you see as imperative for success in ______ position?
- Anything about recent activity within the company.
- What about this company do you enjoy most?
- What has your career path looked like to get into a position such as this one?
- Is a graduate degree required for this type of work or advancement in this field? If so, should I consider graduate school immediately or work a few years to gain experience?
- As a junior, what types of experiences should I consider to be more prepared for this field of work? Are there any specific classes you suggest I should take?
- Organize your business cards and company information so you can review it later if needed.
- Send a thank you email to the employers with which you really enjoyed speaking.
- Be patient as it may take some time for the employers to begin their follow-up process.
- Make eye contact
- Give a firm handshake
- Speak loudly and clearly (but not TOO loud!)
- Speak with employers independently (don’t go everywhere with your friends)
Career Fair “Don’ts”
- Chew gum
- Carry around your backpack…be professional and have a nice bag of some kind
- Interrupt the employer
- Repeatedly say “Like” “Umm” “You know”
- Twirl your hair, rock back and forth, etc.
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