Career Fair Tips for Students
Career fairs are excellent opportunities to explore potential internship and career opportunities. Even if you’re not currently seeking a position, attend career fairs to build relationships by networking with employers.
To ensure a great career fair experience, take note of these tips:
- Dress professionally. Suits, slacks, dress shirts, ties, blouses, polos, khakis, and knee length or longer skirts are generally considered appropriate career fair attire.
- Bring copies of your resume to hand out. Be sure to ask for a business card from each representative you speak with.
- Check CyHire under the ‘Events’ tab to find out which employers will be at the career fair and research them ahead of time.
- On the day of the career fair, CyRide #23 Orange will make an extra stop near Hilton Coliseum.
- Always begin with a smile and a handshake when you introduce yourself. For example: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m looking to utilize my skills in ______, ______, and ______.” Then, come prepared with questions!
Here are some other helpful ways to initiate a conversation:
- “I saw on your website that your organization ______ (new initiative or unique fact)”
- “I’m looking for opportunities in…”
- “I was particularly interested in your organization because ______” (something you discovered in your research)
- “What do you look for in candidates?”
- “What could I do now to be prepared for future opportunities at your organization?”
- “What do you like about working at ______?”
In order to maintain the professionalism of these events and make the most positive impression, the following attire is strongly encouraged for all attendees. Business professional or business casual dress is appropriate and includes business suits, slacks, dress shirts, ties, blouses, polos, khakis, and knee length or longer skirts.
Jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, and t-shirts should not be worn.