Prepare for a Career Fair in 5 Easy Steps
Update Your Resume
The best way to feel prepared to meet industry professionals is to have a good resume or portfolio. Make sure all of your work experience and pertinent coursework is included. Pro Tip: Print out more copies than you think you need.
Rehearse Your Talking Points
It’s easy to get flustered in the moment. Practice your “elevator speech” with friends beforehand, and try to shake your nerves out. Your talking points are 3-4 skills or experiences that set you apart from other students and makes you the best choice for the job.
Dress to Impress
It is important to make a good first impression, but keep in mind what business professional looks like. There’s no need to dress to the nines, but t-shirt and jeans isn’t quite right either. Dress up a bit in something that makes you feel confident, and let your resume impress them.
Whether or not you feel ready for this career fair, odds are you have a decent amount of experience in the field you are interested in. Remember that this is what you have been working toward. You are more than capable of talking about your field of interest. Who wouldn’t want to hire you?
Sometimes experiences like career fairs can seem overwhelming. You may want to rush through the companies you are interested in and just drop off your resume. Take your time with each station, and remember to ask questions. Companies want to have a conversation with potential employees. The more interest you show in them, the more they will remember you.