Your Ultimate Guide to Rocking a Career Fair at University: Before, During, and After

Posted on: 11 March 2024 by Olga Chatzidaki in Hints, tips and advice

Employers on a stand at the fair

University Career fairs are like treasure troves of opportunities waiting for you to explore. But to make the most of these events, let's get you prepped and ready to shine.

 Here's your go-to guide on what to do before, during, and after a career fair, plus some cool tips for connecting with employers and making the most of resources like the Career Studio. 

Before the Career Fair: 

  1. Know Your Stuff: Dive into some research about the companies attending the fair. Find out what they're all about, what they're working on, and what kind of jobs they offer. This way, you'll be ready to impress them with your knowledge.
  2. Spruce Up Your LinkedIn: Don't forget to jazz up your LinkedIn profile too – it's like your CV, but cooler.
  3. Practice Your Pitch: You know that moment when someone asks, "So, tell me about yourself?" That's your cue to shine with a killer elevator pitch. Practice it until it rolls off your tongue like second nature.
  4. Dress to Impress: Time to pull out your business threads! Dress to impress in your business casual outfit. And hey, comfy shoes are a must – you'll be doing a lot of walking and talking.
  5. Check Out Around-Fair Events: Don't miss out on any around-the-fair events like panels or workshops. They're like bonus rounds where you can pick up extra tips and tricks. Sign up today! 

During the Career Fair: 

  1. Get There Early: Beat the rush and arrive early to the fair. That way, you'll have more time to chat with employers and make those connections.
  2. Be Strategic: Scope out the scene and figure out which booths you want to hit up first. Prioritize the ones that align with your interests and career goals. Check out our employer guide here
  3. Ask All the Questions: Don't be shy – ask away! Strike up conversations with employers and ask them about their company culture, projects, and anything else that piques your interest. Check out our employer guide here for the best questions
  4. Network Like a Pro: Remember, it's not just about talking to employers. Network with other students and professionals too. You never know who might have the inside scoop on a job opportunity.
  5. Tap Into Career Studio Resources: Need a little extra support? Swing by the Career Studio and chat with a coach. They're there to help you shine bright like a diamond. 

After the Career Fair: 

  1. Send Those Thank-You Emails: Shoot off some thank-you emails to the employers you chatted with. It's a nice way to show appreciation and keep the conversation going.
  2. Reflect and Refine: Take a moment to think about how the fair went. What went well? What could you improve on? Use it as a learning experience to level up for next time.
  3. Stay Connected: Keep in touch with the people you met at the fair. Connect with them on LinkedIn and stay updated on all the latest career news and opportunities.
  4. Keep the Momentum Going: Don't let the excitement fizzle out! Keep the momentum going by seeking new opportunities and applying with the Career Coaches' help! 

With these tips in your back pocket, you'll be ready to rock the career fair like a pro. So go out there, strut your stuff, and show 'em what you're made of! 

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