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Prepare for the Fair

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BEFORE THE FAIR

1. Update your resume and bring copies

  • Make at least 10 copies of your resume and have them ready to bring to the fair. Keep a digital copy of your resume in case you are directed to apply online.  Plan to bring along a pen and pad of paper.

2. Do your research

  • Find out what industries you are interested in working.  Use the information you learned from your research to develop questions to ask employers from those industries at the fair.

3. Prepare and practice your introduction

  • Your introduction should include your name, year in school, your interest in the organization and the kind of positions you are seeking.
  • Practice your introduction out loud before the fair so you are comfortable and confident when you meet employers.

4. Build your confidence

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and tell your story! Employers at the fair are excited to talk with you and want to know how you are qualified for their positions.
  • Identify your unique interests, strengths, skills, and experiences and get clear on the value you bring to an organization.

5. Dress for success

  • Plan ahead and have business formal clothing to wear to the fair - similar to what you'd wear for a formal interview.  Interviews may happen during the fair!
  • Suit, tailored dress, blazer with pants or a skirt
  • Accessories, hair, and shoes are conservative
  • Clean and well groomed
  • Need ideas? Check out the Career Fair Success Pinterest board for examples of business formal clothing options.
 
AT THE FAIR

1. Start on the right foot

  • Arrive on time to ensure you have plenty of time
  • Wear business formal attire and comfortable shoes
  • Stay focused by turning your phone on silent

2. Communicate effectively with employers

  • Employers are excited to meet with you! Show enthusiasm and positive body language (smiling, head nodding, open stance, eye contact) when you approach the organization's representatives.
  • Introduce yourself using the introduction that you created and be prepared to give the employer your resume.
  • Be positive and confident in what you have to offer the employer.
  • Be clear and concise. You have limited time with each employer.
  • Highlight your relevant experiences including work, internships, volunteer, and leadership.
  • Prepare to ask the employers some questions that you have prepared.

3. Prepare for follow-up

  • Take notes on your conversations including details on how to follow-up with the employer.
  • Ask for the employer's business card so that you have their contact information.
 
AFTER THE FAIR

1. Send a thank you

  • Send tailored thank you emails to the employers you connected with at the fair.
  • Mention any unique points you discussed so the employer will remember you.
  • Reiterate your qualifications and include any information you neglected to mention at the fair.
  • Proofread your email and have someone else look it over.

2. Follow-up and apply online

  • Complete any other follow-up items the employers indicated, including applying for positions online.