Career Fairs & Showcases
Career fairs and showcases are opportunities for students to learn more about future employment and begin a networking system for internships, full-time positions and summer employment opportunities. These events are effective methods for employers to connect with new talent and acquaint students with a variety of opportunities. To stay informed on upcoming career events, follow us on, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and keep up with news from University Career Services.
- Get plenty of rest the night before so you appear refreshed during your contacts with employers.
- Know why you will be attending the fair and prepare 2-3 relevant questions to ask the employers you'll be meeting.
- Identify your work values. Take a self-assessment to help you identify your work environment needs.
- Find out who will be attending the fair by reviewing the list of employers in the career event section of Panther Career Net.
- Make a list of the employers you are most interested in visiting.
- Research companies and organizations by reviewing their websites.
- Prepare your résumé. For a quick review, visit University Career Services for Career Drop-Ins Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Student Center West, Room 270.
- Decide what you will wear to the fair. Remember to dress professionally.
- Know the location of the fair and how to get there.
- Prepare an elevator speech or a 30-second brief introduction that lets employers know why you are there, the reasons you are interested in that company specifically and what skills you have to offer.
- Show up prepared and ready to work the career fair! You will want to bring several final copies of your résumé with you to the fair as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
- Obtain an employer listing and map at the fair to locate the employers you have previously planned to visit. Use this map to plan your visits in a way that allows sufficient time to meet with all of your chosen organizations.
- Approach each employer confidently, shake each one's hand and be prepared with your questions and elevator speech. Be sure to give the employer your résumé.
- Take notes and be sure to get the business card of the person to whom you are speaking.
- Before leaving each employer, ask, "What is the best method for following up?"
- After visiting the employers on your list, meet with other companies that might fit with your major or career goals. Be open to learning and exploring other employers as they may surprise you with the quality of employment they have to offer.
- Use the business cards you collected at the fair to send thank you notes to the employers you met. Be sure to thank everyone who assisted you with information, introductions or career advice. An added touch is to mention something that was specific to your conversation. This simple step will demonstrate to the representative that you are sincerely interested in their company.
- Be sure to apply for the positions in which you were interested. Complete the entire application and follow any additional instructions shared by the recruiters at the career fair.
- If you told an employer you would follow up, be sure to do so.