Numerous benefits and opportunities are available to you when you attend a career event, regardless of your chosen major or your future goals. However, simply attending a career event is not enough. You also need to make your participation count! If you understand what to expect at a career fair or event and take the proper steps to prepare beforehand, you will receive the maximum benefit from the event and increase your chances of obtaining interviews.

Benefits of Attending a Career Event
  • Increase your chances of receiving an interview with an employer
  • Expand your network of contacts and receive job search advice from experienced recruiters
  • Investigate positions, occupations and career fields you could pursue with your specific major and background
  • Learn more about employers and available co-op, internship, or permanent career opportunities

What to Expect at a Career Fair
  • Employers expect students to be prepared: Ask thoughtful questions and have a polished resume
  • Dress for success: First impressions count
  • Employers expect to interact with students seeking employment as well as those simply researching careers and employers
  • Most recruiters are not authorized to hire candidates on the day of the career fair: Your goal should be to land an interview, not a job offer
  • Employers strive to meet as many candidates as possible so you will have a relatively short amount of time to sell yourself and make a positive impact on the employer: Make every second count.

Before the Career Fair
  • Target your top five companies
  • Dress appopriately
  • Prepare a resume
  • Create a list of questions to ask employers
  • Prepare to answer questions
  • Sell yourself
  • Be professional
  • Arrive early