The Career Center will host career fairs in Fall Semester 2021 to offer students and employers a chance to connect safely. If you are an employer interested in registering your company for the Fall 2021 Career Fairs please read more on our employer career fairs page.
Students in all majors are encouraged to participate and share how their interests and qualifications relate to different internships, co-ops, or full-time positions. We’ll help you prepare!
You’re welcome to schedule an appointment to talk with a career consultant about improving your resume and preparing for the fair or sign up to attend a Career Fair Crash Course below.
Career Fair Crash Course
Whether it’s your first time attending a career fair or you simply want a refresher, the Career Fair Crash Course will help you make the most of your experience. We’ll cover topics like how to prepare for the career fair, what to wear, how to introduce yourself, and steps for successfully following up with recruiters.
Crash Courses will be held in the Multipurpose Room at the Career Center (3400 The University of Alabama Student Center). Seating is limited and will be offered to the first students to arrive. If you are unable to attend an in-person session, we offer virtual Career Fair Crash Courses.
3400 The University of Alabama Student Center
Register for the fair and schedule times to talk with employers.
- Download the Career Fair Plus app or visit our Career Fair Plus Event Schedule.
- Create an account on Career Fair Plus.
- Build a complete profile and add your updated, critiqued resume. Employers will see your profile when you book meetings with them, so you want to make a good impression.
- Browse employers and identify ones you would like to meet.
- Schedule “career fair appointments” with employers through Career Fair Plus by doing the following:
- Tap on the employer you would like to meet with and then tap “Virtual Appointments” to see their schedules and availability.
- Employers may have multiple schedules, so be sure to select the one you want.
- Select the time you would like and click “Yes” to book the appointment.
- Watch the Career Fair Plus video to review steps for scheduling career fair conversations in advance.
- Some employers may have “drop-in rooms” at the fair for students who miss booking an appointment in advance. If offered, drop-in room conversations may be with multiple students at a time. Drop-in rooms are not guaranteed, so booking appointments in advance is strongly recommended.
- Check out the Career Fair Plus Career Fair Checklist.
Prepare to Impress
Visit the below links for advice from recruiters.
- Do your research. Review the websites of employers of interest to you. Be open to talking with a variety of employers if you see a potential fit.
- Prepare questions: While researching employers, make note of things you would like to ask that are not covered on their website. Asking good questions is one action that impresses career fair employers most.
- Prepare talking points. In addition to asking questions, share why you’re interested in the organization and the position. Identify experiences or skills that match what they need. If you don’t have experience in the specific field, speak confidently about experiences and/or skills you do have that show your potential to add value as you learn more about working in that field. Practice delivering your points, not to memorize them verbatim, but to make sure they’re concise.
- Choose a quiet, clutter-free location with reliable internet connection. Identify a location with reliable internet connection and minimal or no distractions. Do a trial run in advance to check for distractions that might be visible to or heard by the employer.
- Dress appropriately. Appropriate career fair attire is business professional or business casual. Select your clothes in time to make sure everything is clean and pressed. Employers will focus on what you’re saying, but they will also notice how you present yourself.
- Show confidence and enthusiasm through body language. Maintain good posture and eye contact. Position your camera so that they can see you from the waist up, and so that you can look directly across at them (not up or down).
- Thank them for their time and ask about next steps. If the employer doesn’t mention next steps in the recruiting process, reiterate your interest and ask.
Follow Up After the Fair
- Send a personalized thank-you email to each recruiter with whom you spoke. Include something specific you discussed during your conversation.
- Make sure your profile in Handshake is complete (with appropriate headshot). Do the same in LinkedIn if you have an account.