10 Ways To Successfully Prepare For A Career Fair
Start writing a post
Student Life

10 Ways To Successfully Prepare For A Career Fair

As intimidating as it might seem, preparing ahead of time will set you right on track!

32
10 Ways To Successfully Prepare For A Career Fair
Wikimedia Commons

Being a student in college likely means that you constantly busy, and finding time to think about life after school might not seem like a high priority. It is important to do so early, though, and going to a career fair is a great opportunity. You can make connections with potential future employers and look for internship opportunities. Attending for the first time can be intimidating, and although there are tons of resources out there to help you prepare, it can be a lot to go through. If you are looking for a clear outline of how to prepare, then these ten useful tips are for you:

1. Set a goal

Do you want to find an internship? Are you going there just to walk around and see what it is like? Figure out what you want to get out of the experience.

2. Research the employers you want to meet

They will love to see that you have already put forth effort into learning about their company.

3. Prepare and practice an elevator pitch

I had to prepare one for a class that I am in, and it proved to help make a very positive first impression when I used it at the career fair.

4. Practice your elevator pitch again

Practice again and many more times after that. You will want to be as well-spoken as possible.

5. Prepare and bring copies of your resume

At the career fair that I recently attended, students were advised to bring at least 20 copies of their resume. Employers want to see what you have to offer, and your resume will help them do just that. It's a good idea to bring a pen and a notebook to take notes with, too.

6. Dress Professionally

Looking nice is also key in leaving a positive first impression. It does not have to be as expensive as it might initially seem- there are valid options for all price ranges.


7. Prepare a specific question or two for each employer

You don't have to ask it if you don't find the right time, but a good question is a great way to keep the conversation flowing smoothly.

8. If you're especially nervous, find someone to go with

It can help having a friend or peer there to support you. You don't have to go alone!

9. Schedule plenty of time for it

Career fairs can be many hours long, but don't show up too close to the end. Try and make extra room in your schedule in case you end up wanting to stay longer than you initially expected.

10. Be confident!

If you prepare ahead of time, you will be ready for it. Relax, be confident, and showcase how awesome you truly are!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

90512
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

62403
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments