How to prepare for a job fair

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How to prepare for a job fair

A job fair is a great way to meet prospective employers and to find out where you want to start your professional career. At a job fair, each employer will have a booth or table where literature on the organization will be available. You will have a chance to meet recruiters, ask questions about their organizations, and tell them about your qualifications. 

Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of the time you spend at the job fair:

  1. Find out what companies will be attending and research organizations that interest you before the fair: Check the Career and Professional Development website for links to job fair information.
  2. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask questions.
  3. Tell them a little bit about yourself: Talk about your strengths, favorite classes, activities and relevant jobs.
  4. Be sure to take lots of resumes.
  5. Dress appropriately: Most job fairs require professional dress. If you aren’t sure about the dress code, ask the Career and Professional Development Center staff.
  6. Try to meet with a variety of employers: Many employers many not list every job opportunity in the job fair directory. If an employer does not have an immediate opening, get a business card so you can follow up later.
  7. Don’t expect a job offer on the spot: A job fair is the first step. If an employer is interested, he or she will arrange more in-depth interview.
  8. Save salary questions for later: Some employers may choose to tell you some information about salary and benefits. Don’t bring them up yourself.
  9. Express interest and enthusiasm.
  10. Follow up: Send letters or e-mails to employers with opportunities you’d like to pursue.

More information

Career and Professional Development Center
138 Natali Student Center