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Steps to Prepare for Career Fairs

Resume Clinics and Workshop

Resume clinic is a walk-in only, first-come-first-served event where you will be matched with an employer, career counselor or industry advisor for a 15-minute resume review.

Resume Clinic - Day 1:  Monday, February 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.,  SUB 1, Room 3400
Prepare for the Fair Workshop:  Monday, February 19,  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.,  SUB 1, Room 3400
Resume Clinic - Day 2:  Tuesday, February 20,  1 p.m. - 7 p.m.,  SUB 1, Room 3400

Research Employers

Select 8 to 10 employers to research based on their mission, services and what positions they have available. For example, an IT company may have an opening in their marketing department. You may find your major is useful in an unlikely place!

Craft Your Personal Pitch

Your personal pitch is how you start a conversation with an employer. It is a statement of who you are, why you are interested in their organization, and your strengths and skills.

Here are the basic steps:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Explain your interest in the organization and position
  • Describe your strengths and qualifications by giving examples
  • Ask a relevant question

View an example of a personal pitch in the video located on this page.

Prepare Your Resume

Take 10 to 15 copies of your updated and polished resume to the fair. 

For help with your resume review the Resume Samples and get your resume critiqued at the Resume Clinic or make an appointment.

Dress Professionally

To make the best impression, look like you mean business - wear a suit. If you wear a skirt, it should be knee length or longer. For advice on professional dress check out our Work Wear Pinterest Board.

International Students: Tips for Finding Employers

Follow the steps below to locate attending employers who may be hiring international students:

  • Select the 'Employer Participants' link located above 
  • Select 'Advance Search'
  • Select the work authorization option that is applicable and other fields relevant to your interests and skills
  • Select the Search button to display the list of employers