Making the Most of the Career Fair: What to do Before, During, and After

The Fall Job and Internship Fair is right around the corner and you may be wondering how to best prepare.  Here are some quick tips and tricks (plus some advice from employers!) to be sure you make the most of your time this Thursday:

Before the fair

  • Research the organizations that will attend and decide who you want to speak to. Check NYU CareerNet for a list of participating employers.  Create a quick cheat sheet with notes to review at the fair.
  • Print multiple copies of your resume.
  • Practice a 60-90 second pitch to introduce yourself to employers.  Include relevant details about your academic and professional background, as well as, why that particular organization interests you.
  • Dress professionally.  A suit and conservative shoes and accessories are recommended.

During the fair

  • Greet employers with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile.  Introduce yourself with your pitch.
  • Ask good questions. Researched questions that show you know the organization and their opportunities make a larger impact.
  • Offer your resume at the end of the conversation if an organization or position interests you. If they are not collecting resumes at the fair, find out to whom and where you can send one.
  • Collect any available brochures and employer literature. This information will assist you to better prepare for interviews and identify additional opportunities.
  • Ask for a business card from every representative with whom you speak.
  • Take notes after each discussion and use these details when following up after the fair.
  • Be open. Do not rule out an employer because of the industry it represents.  For example, a publishing company may have opportunities in finance and marketing in addition to writing and research.

After the Fair

  • Follow up with employers after the career fair!  Send a thank you email, hand written letter, or make a follow up phone call (if appropriate).
  • Send or submit any materials that have been requested of you (i.e., resume, cover letter).

What employers are saying….

Check out this quick WasserTube video, where employers share tips for how to make a great first impression!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxw0r7eySSs&list=UU9q7eKa7EbCHC-osaW-QGMw&index=5&feature=plcp[/youtube]

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