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How to Prepare for a Career Fair

Preparing for a Career Fair

Before the Career Fair

  • Research employers: Gather info as you would for a job interview.
  • Decide what to wear: Professional is a must!
  • Develop 30 second sales pitch: Name, class, major, relevant experience, highlights of skills and strengths, and knowledge of employer.
  • Resume: Prepare resume and have it reviewed by Career Services staff.
  • Print 25 copies of resumes and a couple copies of top three letters of recommendations along with a couple of transcripts.
  • Know the answer to “What are you looking for at the Career Fair or Why are you interested in our company?
  • Smile, strong handshake, and positive assertive attitude.
  • Wear professional, comfortable attire.
  • Be prepared, well dressed, pressed and clean.

During the Fair

  • Sign in at registration table and pick up name tag, floor plan and additional info.
  • Visit the booths of employers you want to work for first. Check others later. Prepare a few questions to ask employers.
  • Collect employer information brochures, business cards, and other items needed for follow up.
  • Make a lasting impression by stopping by booths a second time to shake a hand to say thank you. Create your own business card

After the Fair

  • Write Thank You notes to employers you spoke with at the career fair.
  • Evaluate your performance to determine strengths and weaknesses.
  • Continue to conduct follow up.

Students who would like detailed information on the companies attending should log into their "Career Connect" account here: https://student.myinterfase.com/astate/student and use the employer search tab or use the Career Events tab to see the entire list of attending companies.