Preparing for a Job Fair

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Preparing for a Job Fair

Job Fairs can be a great opportunity for college students to open new doors in the job search. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

The week before:

  • Check on-line and at Career Services for a list of participating companies and recruiters
  • Ask your career adviser which companies have the best track record of hiring from your school
  • Research participating companies
  • If you have serious interest in a company, make contact with the recruiter in advance and try to schedule a short meeting on the day. It never hurts to show interest!

Dress Code:

Stay conservative. Dress for an interview in business appropriate attire. Remember you will be walking around when you consider your shoes.


  • Organize a folder with multiple copies of your resume
  • A pad and pen
  • Bring a small mirror for a last minute check as you run in from class
  • Tissues or handkerchief

Practice your elevator pitch

Think about what you will say when you get to the table.

Research the job fair location, and develop a strategy based on how much time you have and how many companies you want to meet.

On the day of the Job Fair:

  • Start with your highest priority companies
  • As the day progresses, consider visiting companies with lower name recognition or fewer attendees.  You may find some surprises!
  • Get business cards, and contact information from everyone you speak with.

Within 24 hours after the Job Fair

Send a quick thank you email and a Linkedin request

Enjoy the opportunity to meet your future employer!


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