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Student Keys To Career Fair Success

To improve your chances for success at the job fair, we encourage you to spend some time studying the following "Keys" and consider them as you plan your strategy. If you implement the following "Keys" you will appear more focused, prepared and professional in the eyes of potential employers and should enhance your chances for success. GOOD LUCK!

Before Attending the Fair:

  • Clarify your interests and goals. A student employment opportunity can be more than just a paycheck. Why not find a job that can help you develop skills and abilities related to your future career goals?
  • Study in advance the list of organizations attending the fair and research those with whom you are particularly interested in visiting. Find out as much as you can about their organization. The more you know about them, the better prepared you will be to discuss the possibility of working for them.
  • Consider preparing a resume that highlights your education, past work experiences and volunteer activities to distribute to the particular organizations that you plan to talk to. (Bring extra copies!)
  • Prepare a three minute "commercial" about yourself that will briefly, but enthusiastically, show employers your strengths, skills, experience and interests.
  • Prepare questions to ask the employers you will be talking to:
    • What positions are you trying to fill?
    • Tell me about the job duties of the position?
    • What qualities are you looking for in new hires?
    • How would you describe the work environment?
    • What do you enjoy most about working for your organization?
    • What are your organizations strengths?
  • Prepare answers to the questions employers will be asking you:
    • Tell me about yourself. (This is your "three-minute commercial")
    • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
    • Would you be a successful "team member"?
    • How do you deal with conflict?
    • Describe your vision of the ideal supervisor.
    • Based on the job as I have described it, what job-related skills have you developed?
    • Do you know anything about our company/organization?
    • Why are you interested in working for us?
    • How many hours a week will you be able to work?

At the Fair:

  • Dress appropriately for a job interview! First impressions are important and employers are more likely to remember the students who present themselves in a professional manner.
  • Career Fairs are a valuable opportunity to obtain information about unfamiliar employers. Be sure to request company literature/business card and information about any positions they have available now or in the near future. Bring a pen/pencil and paper to take notes.
  • Broaden your focus, be open to new ideas and talk to many different types of employers. Your chances of success go up with each contact you make.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume to leave with employers. Estimate the amount you will need based upon the company list of who is attending this year's fair.
  • Greet employers with a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact. Remember: First Impressions Count!
  • Indicate any knowledge you have of the organization that you've gained through your research.
  • Do not monopolize the employer's time. Ask specific questions and offer to follow up after the fair, as appropriate.
  • Enthusiastically communicate your related interests, skills, strengths and experience.
  • Ask questions, but do not ask about salary and benefits until you are being seriously considered as an applicant.

After the Fair:

  • Write a letter to employers you are interested in, thanking them for their time and information. Include another resume and any other information you may have promised to send (a completed application, writing sample, recommendations, transcripts, etc.).
  • Check with the office of Career Services to see if the employer will be interviewing on campus. If they are, register with our office to interview with the employer.