Seven Tips for a Successful Career Fair Experience!

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The DU Career and Internship Fair is next Wednesday! Here are some tips for making the most out of the opportunity to meet 70+ employers from many different industries looking for interns, entry-level and mid-upper level employees.

  • Know your goals:
    • Are you there to network? Perhaps to observe your first career fair? Or maybe to find a position at your dream company!
    • Strategize your time according to your goals.
  • Perfect your handshake and elevator pitch:
    • Prepare a 30 second introduction to tell employers who you are and what you’re looking for.
    • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Dress professionally:
    • Look as though you are going to an interview.
    • Wear a suit, or a skirt with a jacket.
    • Wear professional (but comfortable) shoes!
    • Read more tips here
  • Network with company representatives and colleagues:
    • Leave an impression and be memorable to employers.
    • Talk to your peers while waiting in line—you can learn from them and they will be your colleagues in the professional world someday.
  • Do your research.
    • Check Pioneer Careers, the company websites, and their LinkedIn pages for more information on their organization and open positions BEFORE you attend the fair!
  • Plan to give out resumes and follow application procedures:
    • Have your resume reviewed by a career advisor.
    • All companies will have a different protocol for applying—be sure to follow any instructions the representatives give you!
  • Follow-up with personalized thank you emails:
    • Gather business cards from employers and send them a thank you email following the fair to thank them for speaking with you and reiterate your interest in the company.

For more information, view this tutorial on how to work a career fair: https://connect.du.edu/p1zlpjtmpi6/

By Antonia Gabrielli