Tips For Making the Most of a Career Fair

With the career fair coming up soon, here are some tips for you:

Before the Career Fair

11. Research the companies that you want to speak with. Before you go to the career fair, you should do some basic research on what the company does. This way you can spend your time telling the company representative about yourself, rather than asking them questions about what their company does.

When choosing which companies to speak with, be open minded; just because you have never heard of a company doesn’t mean that they don’t have something great to offer. Make sure that you prioritize the companies that you want to speak with, you don’t want to run out of time.

22. Prepare questions to ask employers. After you have researched which companies you want to talk to, come up with some questions that you have for them. These could be specific to positions that they have open, or more general questions about what it is like to work there. You should also come up with some general questions for companies that catch your eye at the fair that you had not already researched.

At the Career Fair

3. Attend the Career Fair alone. However, don’t push yourself. If this is your first career fair, you don’t want to discourage yourself by being uncomfortable. If you have never been to a career fair, instead of walking in and talking to someone right away, walk around the room for a little and get a feel of the environment. Once you are comfortable, start talking to an employer.

4. Treat it like an in-person interview. Proper business attire is crucial, no bold colored blazers! Make sure that you are acting professional the entire time you are in the room. The employers are always watching and if you just had a great conversation with them but then went and goofed off across the room, they may notice that and count it against you.

35. Remember that the employers are people too. Don’t be afraid to talk to them. The days at the career fair are just as long, if not longer for them. They are here to find candidates from our school, so make their trip, and your trip, worthwhile.

6. Be honest. This includes any experience you have had. Employers can sense when you’re being superficial. However, don’t be embarrassed by what experience you have. Everyone needs to start somewhere and even if you only have a little experience, you could still be a great candidate.

7. Know what makes you unique. You are unique and you have something great to offer an employer. Use this to your advantage. Employers want to know why you would be the best fit for the positions at their company. Don’t be afraid to brag about yourself, this is the perfect setting for it.

8. Know what you are looking for. This could be a full-time position for after graduation, a summer internship, a part-time position, or an internship that starts right away. You should also know what you want to get out of the opportunity and center questions around that (i.e. networking, professional experience, professional or personal growth).


9. Keep track of who you talk to and what you talk about. Write this information down to follow up after. Make sure you have specific notes of what you talked about, i.e. the recruiter and I talked about how we both had pet goldfish when we were kids. It doesn’t have to be something career related, but you want the employer to remember who you are.

 After the Career Fair

10. Follow up. Make sure that you follow up with the employers you talk to. This could include an email, or a formal thank you letter. Just make sure that when you are following up, you reference something that you talked about when talking with the employer, this could help them remember you.

Follow up with all employers, even ones that you may not be interested in. Just because you don’t want to work for their company now, doesn’t mean that they couldn’t be a great resource or connection in the future.



Five Post-Career Fair Tips

So you made it through the Hawk Career Fair – phew! Take a deep breath; the hardest part is over with. The only thing left to do is follow up with employers.

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It seems like many students forget or disregard this step, which can hurt them in the long run. I’ve developed five post-career fair tips that can help you stand above the rest. You don’t have to complete all of these steps. Only do what you feel is comfortable and appropriate.

Send Employers a Thank-You E-mail

Do you ever notice how nice it is when someone thanks you for your time or service? Pay it forward, and thank the employers you talked to at the career fair for their time. Over 100 employers took time out of their day to attend this fair. Many employers do this annually, and even more travel to other college campuses to present at more career fairs. If you send them a quick e-mail, chances are, they will remember you. They might even jot down your name or e-mail address to remember it when you interview for them!

E-mailing an employer is an easy way to get recognized and to be remembered. Ideally, you should send this e-mail 24 after the interview or career fair, but, better late than never!

Connect With the Employer on LinkedIn

Did you have a great conversation with one of the employers? Did you network with another student or staff member? Connect with them on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is a powerful tool to use when searching for a job, and the more connections you have, the better (that is, if you personally know all of your connections!).

Tweet at the Employer or Company

If you don’t know that using Twitter to help you get a job, then I don’t know what rock you’ve been living under. Twitter might be the next best thing, under LinkedIn, of course, to help with your career path. If you’re active on Twitter, tweet about your experience at the Hawk Career Fair. Tweet to the companies you’re interested in, tweet at the employers you talked to, tweet about the positive things you experienced at the career fair, and tweet about where you see yourself in a few years! (Just don’t overdo it!) Employers will see the positive energy you elude about their company, and they will love it.

Got an Interview? Celebrate! (And Prepare!)

Some employers at the Hawk Career Fair will invite you to be interviewed with them when you talk to them. Some won’t, and that is okay. Every company has a different way of hiring and conducting interviews. If you do get an interview, make sure you prepare for it! Their first impression of you at the career fair was great, now make sure you shine in your interview!

Check out these archived blog posts about interviewing – Top Interview Tips; Common Interview Questions & Answers; Tricks and Treats of the Interview Process

Create a Pro-Con List

Were there more goodies at this year’s career fair than ever?! I’ve never seen so many pens, stress balls, hand sanitizers, stuffed animals, and food! I hope you snagged just as many business cards as you did free pens, because for this step, you need to sort out all the business cards and write a pro-con list of which companies you liked and which ones you didn’t.

Then, evaluate the pros and cons. Why did you like a certain company? (It better not be because their pens write better than another company’s pens!) What is important to you in a career? This will help you better evaluate where you see yourself working after graduation.

Photo by UWW Career.

Last Minute Prep for the Career Fair

With the Hawk Career Fair upon us, what last minute preparations do you need to do to ensure you have a successful experience? Well, you’re 95% ready if your resume in tip-top shape, you’ve researched the employers attending and the jobs they seek to fill, and you’re business attire is ready to wear.

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Here’s a little advice for you to complete your preparation:

Practice your introduction and handshake. This may sound a bit silly, but you don’t want to appear clumsy or unsure of yourself because the opportunity to create a positive first impression only comes along once. Practice, practice, and practice some more on what you plan to say when you introduce yourself. Practice alone, with friends, ask your teachers to listen to you, your adviser, anyone! You want to feel totally comfortable with what you’re going to say to recruiters so you can move effortlessly into the main reason for the conversation, to learn about employment opportunities. Practice helps.

Check the weather. The forecast for tomorrow is sunny with a high of 70 degrees. Perfect. However, weather changes, so be aware of the forecast and know that it’ll probably be warmer than 70 degrees in Gym 1 during the fair. Give yourself some time so you’re not rushing and overly warm when you enter the fair. If you feel over-heated, take a moment to cool down so you feel at your best.

Bring breath mints. One of the biggest complaints recruiters working career fairs have is close contact with people whose breath doesn’t smell the best. Since you’ll probably attend the fair between classes and other commitments on your busy schedule, make sure to have some breath mints with you to use before and during the fair. You don’t want to be remembered as “that” person after the fair.

Now you’re 100% ready to have a great fair experience. Make a great impression and enjoy the moment!

Photos by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Career Fair To-Dos

The Hawk Career Fair, an annual event hosted by Career & Leadership Development, is less than a week away! To get you prepared for the event, here are some last minute to-dos.

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Do Your Research

Get Professional

  • Make sure you have at least a dozen copies of your resume. Bonus points if it is printed on thick resume paper!
  • Take a stack of your finest business cards with you. Secure them with a paperclip.
  • For women, go for a pantsuit, skirt, or dress. Blazers are a very smart option as well.
  • For men, slacks, dress shoes, a button-down and tie are recommended.
  • Employers aren’t looking for flashy jewelry, fishnet tights or stripper shoes. Keep it classy.
  • Make sure you have something to carry all of your resumes, business cards, and freebies in. This can be a professional tote, a padfolio, or even a simple, plain folder will do.

Practice, Practice, Practice

  • Practice your elevator speech over and over until you feel totally comfortable saying it to a potential employer
  • Do you have a million achievements on your resume? Okay, overachiever, slow down. Talk about only a couple of them to each employer.
  • If you’re not used to walking in heels and you’re planning on wearing heels to the Fair, practice walking around your house in your heels. And make sure you break in your new shoes before the big day!
  • Try on your career fair outfit the day before to make sure you don’t have any loose threads, stickers, or tags sticking out.
  • Have trouble making eye contact with others, making conversation, or shaking hands? Practice these things with a friend.

Calm Your Nerves

  • When you’re about to head into the Career Fair or in between rounds, take five deep breaths.
  • Remember – it’s not the end of the world if you mess up on your elevator speech, or stutter on your name or major.
  • Keep a smile on your face. If you’re too nervous to, at the very least, don’t frown. Nobody will want to talk to – or hire – a nervous Nelly or angry Allen.
  • Stay positive and focused. It is hard to stay focused when there will be over 100 employers and even more students, but keeping a positive mind can help you shine above the rest.

Last Tips to Keep in Mind

  • While chewing a piece of gum is smart while you’re walking to the career fair (you do not want dragon breath at the career fair!), make sure you spit it out before you take one step in the gym.
  • Turn your cell phone on silent. The last thing you want is to be interrupted by your friend’s snapchat of their cat while you’re talking to an employer.
  • Make the most of your time. You might only get to talk to an employer for 10 minutes or so. Network with as many employers as you can, and keep an eye on the time.
  • Eat before you attend the career fair! You definitely don’t want your stomach to be growling when you talk to your dream company about your involvement with student government.
  • Make sure you follow up. By this, I mean e-mail the employer you talked to thanking them for their time and ask any questions you might have.
  • In retrospect, going to a career fair is kind of like a mini-interview. If you get a call back asking you for a real interview, celebrate! You made it through the first round.

 Photo by USC Upstate.

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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Friday Favorites – Top Information to Gather About Career Fair Employers

So, you’ve printed out a dozen copies of your resume, you just bought new shoes, and you’ve practiced your elevator speech in front of the mirror every day for the past week.

All set for the Hawk Career Fair on September 25? Not quite. First of all, break into those new shoes! (You don’t want to go to the Fair with new shoes. That will make for sore soles and blisters!) Second, read these five tips on how to research employers who will be at the Fair. While you may have some of the  ‘fun’ stuff done, such as picking out what you’re planning on wearing and updating your resume, doing research is just as important.

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First, find out which employers will be attending the Hawk Career Fair. You can find this out on Hawk Jobs. First, log in where it reads, ‘Student/Faculty Login.’ If you’ve never been on Hawk Jobs before, it will require you to fill out your profile. Second, click the tab at the top that reads, ‘Career Events & Workshops,’ and then click ‘Hawk Career Fair.’ There will be a blue button at the top that says, ‘View Employers Attending.’

Know The Basics

You never, ever want to go up to an employer and ask, ‘So, what does your company do?’ Don’t make this mistake! Instead, find about 5 or 10 companies that are attending that you are interested in and browse their website – but don’t limit yourself to just their website. Their Facebook page or Twitter can also have some great information that might not be found on their website. You’d be amazed at what you can learn from their tweets and Facebook posts! Bonus points if you ‘like’ and follow them on Twitter!

What is some basic information you should know about them? Where they are located, if there are any job or internship openings, if the company is big or small, what products the company has released, if the company has won any recent awards, when they were established, and their mission statement. A good idea is to jot some of the information down in your padfolio (we’re giving away a couple at our Resume Doctor events next week if you don’t have one yet!) or a notebook and review the information before you start to talk to them.

Are They Hiring?

One of the main reasons employers attend the Hawk Career Fair is because they are looking for jobs or internships to fill. They are looking for YOU! You can find if there are open positions on Hawk Jobs, on their website or on their Facebook page. If you are having trouble finding the information, sending the HR employer a quick e-mail or LinkedIn message asking about jobs or internships won’t hurt!

Research About Their Open Jobs/Internships

It looks like the company you’re interested in is hiring! That’s great! But… your major and minor don’t exactly qualify you for the job. That’s okay! This is why it is good to research jobs and internships before you step foot into the Williams Center Gym. If employers might not see that your major or minor line up with the position they’re trying to fill, a good idea is to write down all your strengths, extracurricular activities and leadership positions that are relevant to the position you’re interested in.

Use LinkedIn To Your Advantage

A good idea to have an edge over the competition is to search your top 10 employers on LinkedIn. More than likely a UW-Whitewater alumnus may be employed there, and chances are they’ll be more than happy to talk about their experience at said company. A good idea is to send them a message or e-mail asking what the company culture is like, what entry-level jobs or internships are like, and what they like about working for the company. You’ll get some insider tips that can put you ahead of the other students applying for the same job.

Prepare Questions To Ask

Every company at the Hawk Career Fair will be different – even those in the same industry. This is where you need to dig deep and frame your questions to fit each company. If you know that a company wants you to apply online for a job, ask the employer who reviews the application, and what happens after you click ‘send’? If you’re applying for a specific position, ask the employer what the biggest challenges are for that position. If you didn’t get a clear understanding from the company’s website, ask the employer what their company culture is like.

I hope these five tips will help you at the Hawk Career Fair and other fairs to come! As always, the career counselors are here in Career & Leadership Development to help you every step of your college career.

Photo by Mingo Hagen.

Six Major Tips for Researching Employers to Leave a Good Impression

Facebook…Twitter… You Tube… Wikipedia… We all visit these platforms weekly, if not daily. Some consider these platforms to be no more than the Mount Rushmore of procrastination, but in actuality they are massive hubs of information that we waste time on use to interact with others and gain knowledge. As a result, those who use these tools certainly have developed great research skills.

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The Hawk Career Fair is just barely two weeks from today. If you are interested in making a great first impression to secure an internship or employment, knowledge of employers is critical. Let’s put those exceptional research skills to practice! Here are six ways you can engage in employer research to get hired by employers!

1. Access the Employer Attendance List from Hawk Jobs

First things first – use Hawk Jobs to find out who will be in attendance. We have a great step-by-step explanation of navigating Hawk Jobs to obtain the list of employers.

2. Make a List of Employers You’re Interested In

Hawk Jobs does a great job of listing the fields of each employer and the positions for which they hire. Employers aren’t fond of the “What jobs do you guys have?” question, and they expect students to have an idea of the positions being offered. Identify employers of interest who you think you can speak with in the time you spend at the fair, so you know exactly who you’ll speak with during the fair.

3. Take a Look at Employers’ Website

When you approach employers, it’s hard to leave a good impression when you are spending precious minutes asking basic questions about the company. Take a few minutes to review the key information from employer websites including the mission/vision/values, the company services, and the careers sections. This will lead to more informed questions and a demonstrated knowledge of the employer.

4. Search for Employers on Social Media

See if the employer has an account on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms. These accounts can provide useful information about current events and specific department updates.

5. Research Employers in the News

Google has a fantastic option called “Google News”. Type in the name of an employer of interest and find out what others are saying about them. Recruiters will be impressed if you share a positive, current events story about the new designer working with the store or a current rise in profits.

6. Learn about Experiences from Employees

Some things, you will never know until you have heard it from an employee. Use Glassdoor to search through company feedback provided by current and former employees or connect with employees on LinkedIn for an informational interview. It is even better if can speak with a friend of family member connected to the company.

If you can use Wikipedia to get Breaking Bad season 5 refreshers, then you can definitely obtain the information needed to engage with employers. Once you have identified and researched employers, your anxiety is sure to decrease and you will surprise yourself and impress employers with your passion and knowledge for their company.

Feel free to check in with the Career and Leadership Development career counselors to continue employer research, building your resume and other preparation for the Hawk Career Fair!

Photo by UWW Career.

Starting Your Job Search Early

Seniors graduating in December – this post is for you! It is imperative to start your job search months before you graduate, because you don’t want to graduate in December and not have a job lined up. Job searching is a full time job in itself! That’s why you should start early and set yourself apart from the rest of the competitive candidates.

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Below I’ve listed five of my favorite job search tips that have worked for others and will probably work for you, too!

Attend the Hawk Career Fair

The Hawk Career Fair, an annual event put on by Career & Leadership Development, will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from noon to 4 in the Williams Center. You can RSVP to the fair through our Facebook page to get updates and information about the fair. More than 100 employers will be there looking for interns and employees. Some employers include Target, Maurices, Generac, We Energies, and Quad/Graphics.

Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend the Hawk Career Fair. Business professional or business casual dress is recommended. What else should you bring besides your snazzy self? At least ten copies of your resume, a padfolio (we’re going to be giving away a bunch of padfolios during the school year, so keep us on your radar!), pens, and business cards, if you have them. Also make sure to prepare your elevator speech. We’ll be going over more information about the career fair in the next few weeks.

Attending the career fair will help you get your foot in the door, especially if you want to work for one of the companies attending the fair. Make sure you do your research on the fair, which can be found on Hawk Jobs, to secure a great job after graduation.

Create and Maintain Relationships

As a senior, you’ve probably made tons of friends and connections, through your peers, coworkers, professors, supervisors, and friends-of-friends. Remember when you were a freshman and didn’t know anyone, not even your roommate? Look how far you’ve come. Use those connections to your advantage!

Having lots of friends isn’t just good for your social life. It’s good for your professional life as well. Knowing people is everything. You may have gotten to know professors, managers, student leaders, or advisors. Spread the word that you’re looking for a job in a particular field, and one of your colleagues or friends may stumble upon something that is right up your alley.

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

I’ll admit it – I’m a Twitter fanatic. Having been the UWW Career Twitter manager for the past year, I know a bit about utilizing Twitter to your advantage. There are many ways you can get resources off of Twitter. For example, you can search for something using hashtags. The #1 word to find a hiring company is… #hiring. Next up? #tweetmyjobs and #jobopening. Why not tweet and give it a shot?

You can also follow career centers on Twitter. My favorites are Career Bliss, Career Realism, Brazen Careerist, and Career Builder. These accounts constantly tweet out job openings, interview tips, job search advice, and interesting career-related articles. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, too!

Visit Career & Leadership Development

If you’re a senior and you have yet to take advantage of our career services, it’s not too late! We would rather see you late than never at all. Some of our services include resume checking, doing mock interviews, helping you get involved, and figuring out your career path. The career staff also has many resources to help you find a job in the field you want to get into. They may refer you to job boards such as Big Shoes Network (most commonly used by students in the College of Arts & Communication) or Hawk Jobs (our own job board).

Polish Your LinkedIn Profile

While some may say that your online presence may replace resumes in a few years, you can’t argue with the fact that what you post, tweet, or blog about online is more influential than ever. Once you click send, that tweet or blog post is on the Internet forever. If you want your digital footprint to be a positive and professional one, make sure you have a profile on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and business partners.’ It is a great website to be on, so I highly recommend setting up a profile. If you do already have a profile, start networking with other professionals on LinkedIn. Connect with your peers, endorse them for skills, join groups, and have conversations. Make your presence known. Who knows – maybe that HR professional you had a conversation with on a LinkedIn article will mention a job to you?

Many of my peers have LinkedIn profiles, but not the best profile pictures. Having a professional picture is key – that is one of the first things employers look at when they view your profile! The two other social media managers and I will be hosting a free LinkedIn Headshot Photoshoot outside the Hawk Career Fair on September 25. It will be quick and painless, and we encourage you to stop by and get your picture taken!

December grads, what other steps have you taken towards your job search?

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Our Ultimate Career Fair Checklist

September is a big month for UW-Whitewater students seeking internships and post-grad jobs. We should just call it “Career Fair Month,” since two of UW-Whitewater’s on-campus career fairs – Accounting Career Fair and Hawk Career Fair – take place in September.

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Preparation is crucial to have a successful career fair experience. Our ultimate career fair checklist will guide you through the next few weeks and help you make your time at the career fair productive.

  • Join our Facebook event page for the Hawk Career Fair. Registration is not required, but we will be sharing helpful career fair tips and event updates on the page. Keep yourself in the loop.
  • Understand and develop your goal for attending the career fair. Are you looking for an internship or job? Are you looking to explore different career options and companies? Are you hoping to network with employers you would like to work for in the future? Your goal will impact how you work the event.
  • Find out which employers are attending the fair. Visit the “Career Events & Workshops” tab in Hawk Jobs to view the list of employers coming to the Hawk Career Fair.
  • Create a prioritized list of employers you are interested in talking to. With 100+ employers at the Hawk Career Fair, there is no way you can meet with everyone.
  • Research the employers on your targeted list. Know their primary products/functions. Understand the industry. Be able to state why you want to work for them.
  • Develop specific, informed questions for your target employers. Base your questions on your research.
  • Prepare your 30-second introduction. Practice telling your career story in 30 seconds or less. Convey your knowledge of the company and express your interest in them. Identify what makes you a strong candidate.
  • Practice your handshake. A firm, confident, and appropriate handshake makes a great first impression.
  • Update or put together your resume. Work with one of our career counselors/advisors one-on-one or stop by one of our Resume Doctor events. Once your resume is employer-ready, make plenty of copies (enough for the employers on your target list plus at least 10 extra copies).
  • Put together your career fair “look.” Professional dress is recommended, but business casual is the minimum requirement. For ideas, check out our Pinterest boards on “What to Wear.” Purchase a professional portfolio/padfolio to keep your resumes and notes organized. And make sure you choose comfortable shoes!
  • Using the notepad in your portfolio/padfolio, write down notes and questions. Make a list of key points from your employer research along with the questions you intend to ask. And make sure you have a pen to jot down additional notes at the fair.
  • Plan to arrive at the career fair early. When you check in, you will receive a printed list of employers and their location in the gym. Take a moment to map out your game plan for visiting employers before stepping foot into the gym.
  • Silence your phone. IF you bring your cell phone with you to the fair, quadruple check that you have either silenced it or turned it off before entering the gym. You don’t want your phone to ring mid-conversation, and you don’t need to fuss with your phone at all during the event. Give the employers your full attention.
  • Work the fair alone. Employers really don’t like students who travel around the fair in a pack. You might come to the fair with friends, but network on your own.
  • Review your notes and questions before approaching an employer. You only have a short time with each employer, so be ready to go.
  • As part of your strategy, consider starting with employers who are lower on priority list. Use these conversations to warm up before approaching your top choice employers.
  • Approach each employer with confidence. Extend your hand to shake the recruiter’s hand, make eye contact, and introduce yourself.
  • Close conversations by discussing next steps. Ask about the hiring process and how to apply for opportunities*. If you aren’t looking for a job, ask about how you can learn more about the organization and/or set up an informational interview. Ask for a business card and the recruiter’s preferred method of follow-up. Don’t forget to thank them for their time.
  • Take breaks. Write down notes from your conversations, jot down follow-up actions, and collect your thoughts for your next conversation.
  • Write thank you notes to the employers you spoke with. Send your notes within 48 hours of the event. It is completely acceptable to email a thank you.
  • Complete any special follow-up actions. This includes applying online for positions you are interested in, signing up for interviews, or attending any employer-hosted events (ex. information sessions).
  • Reflect on your career fair experience. What went well? What could you improve upon for the next event?
  • Keep in touch. Career fairs are really just large-scale networking events. Reach out when you have a question or to follow up on a position you’ve applied for. Consider connecting with the recruiter on LinkedIn (but make sure to build a great student LinkedIn profile first). Create a professional contact spreadsheet or database, and add the contact information you gathered at the fair.

So there you have it! The ultimate career fair checklist. Even though it’s a little long, don’t be afraid. Start working your way through the list now, and you will be a career fair star by show time!

* Don’t be discouraged when employers direct you to apply online. Very rarely are you applying for a job AT the career fair. The career fair is where you meet recruiters face-to-face and make a good impression. Some employers take note of whether or not an applicant visited them at the fair.

Photo by Tulane Public Relations.

Friday Favorites – Multicultural Career Fair

The Multicultural Career Fair was held this past Wednesday in the Hamilton Room. There were about 60 employers there, including US Bank, Target, Cintas, Kohl’s and Six Flags Great America, looking to fill internship and job spots. Enjoy some pictures from the career fair!






Heather, the other social media intern, and I had the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner this past Monday. We were nervous at first, never having been to an etiquette dinner before. It was also a networking event. Companies such as Cintas, Target, Sherwin-Williams and others were present. Heather and I sat with two very nice Target employers at the dinner and we actually saw one of the Target employers at the career fair!

Before the etiquette dinner portion of the event, the employers each gave a piece of advice about networking and attending a career fair. Hopefully this will give you some great insight from the employers and that you might be able to use these tips at the next career fair you attend!

  • Come prepared and do your research about which companies you want to invest your time in.
  • First impressions are very important. Know your elevator speech.
  • Be polite, friendly, appreciative, and don’t forget to smile! Watch your body language.
  • Don’t be shy. Know what the companies are looking for. Confidence is key.
  • All of the companies are looking for leaders, whether it is for an internship position or job position. Keep that in mind.
  • How will you set yourself apart from everyone else? Remember that while you are talking to employers at the career fair.
  • ‘You’ll likely never get what you deserve. You’ll get what you negotiate.’ Thanks Michael LaBroscian for this tip!

Are you an employer and have some career fair tips for students? Email me at, tweet me or post to our Facebook page!

Photos by UWW Career.