Career Fair Tips

Career fairs present a great deal of opportunity in a short amount of time. Here are some tips for getting the most out a career fair, before, during and after the event.

Research employers.

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View the list of employer attendees on our website before the fair. Prioritize them and visit their websites. Familiarize yourself with their products, services and recent news. You might also contact alumni who currently work for that organization via HireTigers or the Alumni Careers Network.

Dress to impress.

Think of a career fair as a recruiting event, and make a good first impression. If you’re seeking potential employment (either full-time job or internship), it's most appropriate to wear a suit or professional attire. In some situations, such as networking receptions or employer information sessions, business-casual attire is often acceptable. If you are not sure what the standards are, it's a good idea to ask a recruiter or a career counselor before you go. 

Learn about the differences between professional vs. business-casual attire >

Come prepared.

Make a list of major points and questions for each employer. Consult your notes just before approaching their booth.

Develop your introduction.

A career fair is a perfect time to use your elevator pitch. State your name, your year in school, major or area of interest and a few of your industry-related skills. Ask questions or state what you’re looking for to begin a conversation.

Bring your resume.

While some employers will direct you to their website, it’s a good idea to bring some just in case. For organizations you are particularly interested in, you might want to complete an online application before the fair. This demonstrates strong interest, and also allows you to ask the recruiter about next steps. 

Follow up.

There are many ways to follow up on the leads you will acquire at a career fair. If you receive a business card, send an email or call. If you haven’t already, consider completing an online application. If the organization hosts an on-campus recruiting or informational event, attend. For more advice on how to proceed, come see us.