Planning on attending a career fair? Here’s what you need to bring and what to practice.
STEP 1: REVISE YOUR RESUME
Make sure your resume has all your latest experiences, certifications, and skills
Come to the CCO during drop-in hours (M-F, 10am-4pm) and optimize you resume structure and phrasing for the job market.
STEP 2: REVIEW, SELECT, RESEARCH EMPLOYERS
Review: Take a look at the companies attending the career fair. A list can be found in your career fair handbook or on myCCO.
Select: Identify the companies you would be interested in applying to.
Research: Research the history, products, and available positions of your target companies. List out at least one intelligent question you would like to ask the company recruiter.
STEP 3: THINK ABOUT WHAT TO SAY, WHAT TO DO
Greeting: Think about how you intend to greet recruiters. Keep it as short as possible. A smile, confident step forward, firm handshake, and simple “Hello” is a great start.
Speaking: Practice your 30-second elevator pitch to express your unique qualities to an employer.
STEP 4: WHAT TO BRING
Enough copies of your resume, printed on resume paper
A slim binder, folder, or professional pad holder to hold your resumes.
A black or blue pen
STEP 5: WHAT TO WEAR
Unless a ‘casual’ dress code is explicitly stated, opt to wear a dark colored suit (and a tie, for men).