Career Fair Tips from Eller Professional Development Associates

PDC Staff Coach's Corner

Freshman – Play the part! Make sure to dress business casual and bring resumes. This will give you the full experience and you can learn what a career fair looks like. In addition, if you download the career fair plus app you can see what employers are going to be there and see if any are hiring freshman for internships and jobs! In addition, there will be free professional head shots which you can use for your LinkedIn.

Sophomores – This is your opportunity to really start building your network. If there is a company that you are interested in now is the time to build that connection and get your resume in. Once this first connection is made you can keep it strong by utilizing LinkedIn and coming to every future career fair. You can also use filters on the Career Fair Plus app to see which employers are hiring Sophomores as well as students in your major for the Summer.

Juniors – The time for an internship in now! Make sure to come dressed business professional and have resumes ready to give out. Protip: Print your resume on resume paper (which is a little thicker) rather than normal printer paper to make your resume stand out from the rest. Make sure to research the different companies you want to speak too before coming to Eller Expo so you can be prepared with questions and answers for the recruiter.

Seniors – This could be your last chance to get to see this many companies at once. Whether you’re looking for an internship or full-time job, make sure to come prepared with a list of companies you want to see, what their company is like, and what positions they have available. This can help you not only narrow your search, but also stand out in the crowd. If there is a company coming that you already know you are interested in reach out to the recruiter before the Expo and showcase your interest in available positions. Let them know you will be at the Expo and look forward to seeing them!

Tips for everyone:

  1. Come dressed business professional with at least 8-10 resumes printed out.
  2. Research companies you wish to speak to before coming to the Expo. Learn about their job availabilities, what they do as a business, and their company culture.
  3. Make sure to sign in and receive your name tag and Major Badge(s), this will help recruiters not only hear your name, but see it as well.
  4. Practice your Elevator Pitch! Don’t have one? Use a past, present, future model.
    1. Who you are and where you’re from. (Name, hometown)
    2. What you are doing now (Eller, Clubs, Work)
    3. What you are looking for in the future (industry interests, possible jobs/location, etc..)
  5. Lastly, smile! A smile will show them that you want to be there and can leave a more lasting impression then someone who doesn’t smile.