Resumes For Career Fairs

This article was written by Kathy Craney, Career & Leadership Development career counselor.

When sitting down to write your resume for an upcoming career fair, consider two things…

  1. What have you done? (Skills used)
  2. What were the results? (Benefits to your employer, organization, etc.)

During the construction of your resume for a career fair, also keep in mind the skills most employers are looking for:

  • Communication
  • Analytical
  • Computer/Technology
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Management/Leadership
  • Interpersonal
  • Multicultural Experience
  • Planning/Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Can you indicate how you’ve used these skills and what the benefits you achieved were?  Construct brief bulleted statements under each of your headings (ie. Work Experience, Organizations, Community Service/Volunteer Work, etc.) and you should be able to effectively demonstrate to any employer why you would be an asset to their organization.  Of course you want to also demonstrate your competence using skills specific to the industry you’re hoping to enter.

One last thing about Career Fair Resumes – Be aware that some companies cannot accept a hard copy of your resume and will ask you instead to apply online.  You should realize they are not brushing you off, but are complying with federal regulations on data applications and efficient management of their data.  Also, be aware they may be taking notes (mentally or written) on candidates they’re interested in.

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