Career Fair 101

The Fall Career Fair will open to students on September 28th from 10 A.M.- 3 P.M. I know I know, thinking about the Real World is stressful, but eventually you have to face it. Might as well do it the right way! Here are a few essential tips for surviving the career fair madness:

Come Prepared

Before stepping into the fair, ask yourself what you hope to accomplish while you’re there. What are your goals? Be idealistic! Don’t expect to be hired on the spot or get an internship right then and there. Make a list of the companies that you want to see. It wouldn’t hurt to do a little research beforehand. This will show them that you’re interested. You don’t want to go in there asking them what their company does. Let’s just be honest, there are stupid questions. Jot down a few questions prior to the event. Have a résumé set aside just in case a recruiter does ask.
Be Yourself!
Think of yourself as a new emerging product. Your job is to sell yourself to these people. Do not pretend to be someone you’re not. Believe me, these recruiters will know when you’re lying. If you’re typically nervous and shy, then you should practice introducing yourself in front of friends before stepping into the fair.
Keep it Short
Communicate concisely and vibrantly in a way that distinguishes you from your peers. Show these companies why they need you more than you need them. Ask them questions and be prepared to answer some. Think about the questions you’ll be asked and how you’d respond.

Have Fun

We already have enough stress in our lives. With school work and extracurricular activities, we can’t catch a break! No one wants to hang around someone so depressing. Smile! Trust me, this goes a long.

Follow-Up!

Thank your recruiters and collect their business card. Send a follow-up email stating how much you enjoyed meeting with them and would love to learn more about the company. If they don’t respond, keep emailing them back. It doesn’t hurt to try.

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