Bring more copies of your resume than you think you will need.
Research the kinds of jobs and organizations you would like to pursue.
- Prior to the Career Fair, create and get a critique of your resume.
Dress and act as professional as possible.
- Survey the Career Fair program and develop a list of priority companies that you'd like to visit.
- Use your time wisely, so that you can talk to all of the organizations on your list.
Develop and practice a 20 second "self-marketing presentation".
- This will show your commitment to your future work life and it will be noticed.
Develop questions to ask the company.
- Prepare what you will say when you approach a company representative and hand over your resume.
- Summarize your qualifications and put an emphasis on what you think is unique about you.
Follow-up your meeting with a thank you note or a call.
- Ask about job duties and how you can expect to contribute.
- Do not ask about salary and benefit-related questions during your initial contact.
- Be sure to thank them for their time and get their business card.
- Call to inquire about what happens next if the procedure has not already been explained.
- Don't be afraid to ask for a job interview if you want one!
Questions you can ask at a Career Fair
What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?
What are the characteristics of your most successful employees?
Are graduate degrees important to advancing within your organization? Which ones?
Which courses or experiences do you suggest to be a successful candidate?
What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization?
Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year?
How long does the hiring process take? What does it consist of?
What percent of applicants are eventually hired? What is the retention rate?
For how many years does the typical employee stay with the company?
Are there opportunities for ongoing training through your organization?
Do you expect your employees to relocate? How much travel is involved?
What made you choose this company and why do you stay?
How long have you been with the company?
What's the one thing that most surprised you about this company?