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Help! What do I need to do to prepare for the Career Fair?

It’s the day before the career fair—here’s your guide for successfully cramming for the big event! Career fairs can be intimidating, and at times, overwhelming, but fear no more- these tips will help you “keep your cool” when diving into the sea of employers and students.

1)      Research, research and research some more. It is your job to learn as much as you can about potential companies of interest. Knowing about the company and exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate will be your most powerful tool.

2)      Formulate a 30-second elevator pitch, in which you tell the recruiter a little bit about yourself and what you’re looking for, why you’re interested in their company, and a brief description as to why you believe you’d be a good fit. It would also behoove you to have a few questions in mind ahead of time.

3)      Print copies of your resume, and be sure to bring them with you. Some employers may ask you to submit an online application, in which case you would simply ask them for a business card or for their contact information so that you can send them your resume later.

4)      APPLY to on-campus interviews that are taking place the days following the fair. This is your time to take advantage of the large amount of employers who are easily accessible and right here on campus!

5)      Make sure to dress and act professionally. A suit isn’t always necessary, but the dress code will be at the least, business casual. Ladies, this means a blazer and a skirt or slacks, and gentlemen, this means slacks and a button-down/ tie. Suit jackets look nice, but aren’t required. There will also be a coat check.

Remember, confidence is key. The more time you spend preparing, the better you will feel going into the fair. Best of luck!

“To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month or even one year - but for a lifetime.”
-Bill Rodgers

Categories: Career Fairs

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Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins was a previous Graduate Administrative Associate with Engineering Career Services.