What to expect during the Career Fairs:

  • Employers will expect you to know something about their organization.
  • Do not expect employers to ask for your resume. Focus on having a good conversation and offer your resume before leaving their table.
  • Speak clearly and maintain eye contact. It may be noisy around some tables.
  • Employers may not have business cards to distribute. Try to remember the name of the recruiter with whom you speak. This is important for follow-up.
  • There may be several students waiting to speak to one recruiter. Decide if you have time to wait patiently or if you need to move to another on your list and return to that table later.
  • Many employers will have freebies on their tables. Wait until one is offered instead of taking one yourself.
  • Don’t monopolize the recruiter’s time. Once you share your main points and have a brief conversation, thank the recruiter for his/her time, offer your resume, shake hands again and smile!

After the Career Fairs – Tips:

  • If a recruiter does not offer information about their interviewing process, then ask!
  • Send a personalized thank-you note to each recruiter with whom you spoke. Try to include something specific you discussed during your conversation. A typed thank you letter is typical for a business setting. If you believe a recruiter will be making immediate decisions, you may email your thank-you note.
  • Manage your social media profiles. Make sure you have an up-to-date LinkedIn Profile. Also, make sure you are sharing appropriate information on your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media profiles. Don’t display any content you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.