Career Fair Tips for Students

What to Wear

Dress professionally in business casual attire (see examples below)

Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or too much jewelry

Employers strongly discourage short skirts, tank/halter/sleeveless tops, low cut or tight-fitting shirts, facial or tongue piercings, and visible tattoos










What to Say

  • Prepare an Elevator Pitch about yourself
    • What skills and accomplishments do you bring that will benefit this company?
    • What makes you unique?
  • Introduce yourself, make good eye contact, and offer a firm handshake
  • Be enthusiastic – smile and express interest in the company
  • Prepare a few questions to ask the recruiter about open positions or the company

How to Prepare

  • A list of this year’s attendees can be found on the main Career Fair page
  • Before the Career Fair, conduct research on the companies that interest you
  • Impress representatives with your company knowledge and enthusiasm to work for them
  • Prepare your resume before the fair and bring several copies
  • Ask appropriate questions about job openings/descriptions, the organization and application procedures
  • Collect business cards from recruiters you’d like to follow-up with and send them a thank you letter or email within 48 hours

After the Career Fair

  • Send a thank you letter or email message within 48 hours
    • Thank employers for their time spent at the job fair
    • Restate your interest to those employers that you are most interested in
    • Include a copy of your resume. Since most candidates will not follow-up with employers after the job fair, this will help you stand out!