5 Tips to Prepare for the Career Fair

By: Jyoti Devagupta

The Questrom Career Fair is rapidly approaching (Wednesday, 9/25, 10:30am-1:30pm, 9th Floor) and as you begin to prepare, there are a few things to keep in mind. The Career Fair is a great way to learn, network, and demonstrate your interest in companies you are applying too.

  1. Have Your Resume at Its Best

It is important that you have your resume in the best shape possible. Make sure that the information is up to date and you have added any new experiences from the previous summer or semesters. Should you want support or to see ways to set up information, the UDC has several resources and workshops that can help you with perfecting your resume. Check out the website here for samples and guides and come access a drop in M-F 10am-4pm for individual help!

  1. Practice Your Pitch

Before the career fair, make sure you have an “elevator pitch” consisting of some information about yourself and what you are looking for. It will be helpful to practice this a few times so you have an idea of what you will say when you walk up to table. Having this pitch will also help you calm your nerves as you approach the table.

  1. Have a Specific List of Companies

It can be overwhelming to walk into the career fair and see the amount of people and companies there. Make sure you go in with a plan of the companies you want to visit and speak with beforehand. That way, you will be able to maximize your time and overall experience at the career fair.

  1. Do Research Ahead of Time

Before you talk to each company, do your homework. Make sure you have a good background of the company, culture, and opportunities they offer. The recruiter will be impressed if you have prior knowledge and it demonstrates your enthusiasm and interest.

  1. Come with Specific Questions

When you approach a recruiter, make sure you have specific questions about the programs or company to ask. This will help the conversation be beneficial to you by giving you insights into the application or interview process and will also help the recruiter not have the same conversation they’ve had already that day. Asking specific questions is a great way to show you’ve done your research and indicates to the employer a genuine interest in the company or position.

Begin preparing early, the Career Fair will be here before you know it! It is an exciting time, and remember to be confident in yourself and your abilities. The UDC and Career Skills Coaches are here to assist you with any questions.

By Trish Harper