Making the Most at Career Fairs
Do: Pre-register for a career fair if available to receive pertinent and helpful information from your Career Centre.
Do: Strategically plan your time. Pick your top companies prior to the career fair. Start from the bottom of your list for practice, but leave enough time to visit all companies on your “must-see” list.
Do: Research the company ahead of time. Find out more about the company so you can prepare some informed questions.
Do: Dress as if you are going to a job interview. Professional attire helps you to create and establish a professional image. Wear comfortable business shoes.
Do: Greet the employer with a firm handshake and smile!
Do: Introduce yourself by using your 30-60 second elevator speech. Tell the employers who you are, why you are here today, what you know of the company and what you can offer.
Do: Ask informed questions about the company, employment opportunities and employers.
Do: Prepare different, targeted versions of your resume and make plenty copies. Bring your portfolio or sample work if appropriate.
Do: Thank the employers. Ask for business card or contact information. Take the initiative to suggest follow-up actions.
Don't: Focus on quantity. It is not about how many employers you have talked to. Focus on making quality connections with your top employers.
Don't: Be afraid of approaching the employers. You are the reason why they are here.
Don't: Visit the employers in groups. Show you can be independent and stand on your own.
Don't: Just leave your resume or pick up promotional materials and walk away without talking to the employers.
Don't: Monopolize the employers’ time. Remember other students want to talk to the employers as well. Be courteous.
Don't: Go away just because a company does not have any current openings. Try to obtain contact info for future and expand your network.
Don't: Ask questions that you can find out from the company’s website. Try to avoid too many questions related to compensation or salary.
Don't: Use filler words like “um” and “you know”
Don't: Interrupt a conversation. Be polite and wait for your turn. Take the time to observe and study the employers.
Don't: Say anything bad about their school, previous employers or companies. Stay positive.