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8 Keys to Job & Internship Fair Success

8 Keys to Career & Internship Fair Success

Job & Internship Fair


Research the Employers. Many career fairs will have a website where you can obtain a list of employers and available positions. Your research will help you identify employers you would like to meet, and learn more about their organization by visiting their website before the fair.


Take Multiple Copies of Your Resume. After updating your resume and having it reviewed by a Career Counselor, plan on taking at least two copies of your resume for each company that you have an interest in meeting.


Bring Your Portfolio. While most career and job fair interviews are short, there may be an opportunity to showcase your talent with a recruiter. Your portfolio should contain copies of your resume, a list of references, and samples of your best work.


Dress for Success. First impressions are critical. It is always best to be overdressed than underdressed. Know what the expected attire for your profession or industry is and dress accordingly.


Develop a Game Plan. You’ve researched the companies that you are interested in, now devise a strategy or game plan for the fair. Survey the fair layout and determine an order of interviewing. One strategy might be to meet with your top choices first, in order of importance. Remember to remain flexible: your top choices may be the top choices of many that will create long lines you may wish to avoid.


Network with Employers and Alumni Careers and job fairs are all about networking. A few tips to keep in mind:
  • Shake hands, and maintain good eye contact. Demonstrate enthusiasm, interest, and confidence.
  • Answer questions directly, concisely, and politely.
  • Always thank employers and alumni for their time.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Give yourself enough time to get reorganized, and return to the fair with renewed energy.


Develop An Elevator Pitch. You may only have two to five minutes in which to market yourself. An "elevator pitch" is a 30- 60 second introduction that tells who you are, what you enjoy doing, and what you are looking for. Recruiters expect to hear:
  • Your Name
  • I am a student/professional of...
  • With experience in (functions/capabilities)
  • My strengths & interests include...
  • I have worked with/for (types of organizations/industries)
  • I am seeking an opportunity in...


Follow Up. It's surprising how many job- seekers actually fail to follow-up. Those who take the time to do so will usually have a competitive edge. When sending a thank you note, remember to:
  • Remind them how you met
  • Thank them for the information
  • Reiterate your interest in the company and qualifications
  • Follow up within 24 hours