Your Ultimate Career Fair Prep: What To Do Before, During, and After 

Before: 

  • Attend the Career Fair Prep session for all undergraduate students on Tuesday September 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the EDR 
  • Download The Fairs App to start preparing your time at the Career Fair – to read more about the app and it’s benefits see our previous posts
  • Create a targeted list of companies you hope to speak to 
  • Finalize your resume and print out multiple copies 
  • Practice your 30 second elevator pitch 
  • Research the companies that pique your interest so you have some talking points before meeting individuals 
  • Generate a list of questions you have regarding available positions 

During: 

  • Dress to impress – a well tailored suit or a conservative dress or slacks and a blouse with closed toed shoes will certainly impress employers 
  • Have a strong handshake and smile – your non-verbal behavior is important too! 
  • Ask thoughtful questions about the company culture, the job position, their experience with the company and more
  • Inquire about the application process and ask for contact information so that you can follow up
  • Take a new and improved LinkedIn headshot at one of the photo booths – they will start at 12:30pm and be available until 4:00pm 
  • Use the Fairs App to see where all your targeted companies are to create your own plan of attack during the fair 

After: 

  • Reflect on all the individuals and companies you met with to hone in your professional interests 
  • Follow up to thank them for their time and attach your resume – be genuine and concise with your emails 
  • APPLY! Now that you have narrowed your interests be sure to go apply online 
  • Maintain relationships to expand your network – even if a dream company does not have open positions for you today they might always have new opportunities in the future 
By Yasmeen Alwani
Yasmeen Alwani CareerEdge Content Creator Yasmeen Alwani