Fall 2017 Career Fair Patriot Experience Approved Event

Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5, 2017
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The biggest career fair on campus is coming up in October! This fair brings to campus over 200 local, regional and national employers who are looking to fill internships, co-ops, full-time jobs and part-time jobs. The fair is open to all students and alumni of George Mason University.

Prepare for the Fair Events

Let us help you dress for success, prepare the perfect pitch, and write an unforgettable resume!

Suit-Up Mason

Sunday, October 1
JC Penney, Fair Oaks Mall
7 - 10 p.m.

The Mason family is invited to JCPenney in Fair Oaks Mall for deep discounts on professional clothing. The store will be open only to Mason students, alumni, faculty, and staff. This is a great time to build your business wardrobe ahead of the Fall Career Fair! See our Facebook event for more details!

Resume Clinic Day 1

Monday, October 2
SUB I, Room 3400
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For two days before the career fair you're invited to meet one-on-one with employers for 15-minute resume review sessions on a first come, first served basis. No registration required.

Prepare for the Fair

Monday, October 2
SUB I, Room 3400
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Want to be your best at Mason's biggest career fair? We can help! Join us for a one-hour works to help you get prepared for the Fair and get the most out of attending it.

Resume Clinic Day 2

Tuesday, October 3
SUB I, Room 3400
1 - 7 p.m.

This is the last day of our popular Resume Clinic, just in time for the fair! Meet one-on-one with employers for 15-minute resume review sessions on a first come, first served basis. No registration required.


Plan to work on-campus while at Mason?

HR & Payroll has a helpful tip to make the process easier and more efficient. In order to complete the hiring paperwork and start working, you need to present original documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the US. This is a Federal requirement that has very specific time requirements that impact your ability to start working and get paid. Some examples of acceptable unexpired original documents are one List A item, the most common is a Passport, or a List B and List C item, most common is a Driver's license (List B) and an original Social Security Card or Certified Birth Certificate (List C.). A full list of acceptable documents can be found at USCIS acceptable I-9 documents. Please have these documents with you when you come to campus or get them as soon as you begin looking for employment. Questions about I-9 documents can be directed to HR & Payroll or 703-993-2600.

Download the Careers by Symplicity App Careers By Symplicity App

Take your job search on-the-go with smart features to easily search and apply for jobs and internships, find career related information, and the details for workshops and events.

Steps to download:

  1. Find "Careers by Symplicity" in Google Play or the iTunes App Store
  2. Download the free app and log in
  3. Select : "George Mason University"
  4. Enter your Mason NetID (username) and password
  5. Select from the icons to navigate your HireMason account and manage your fair experience

                               Careers by Symplicity App: Google Play             Careers by Symplicity App: iTunes App Store


An employer talks with a student at a George Mason University career fair.

Volunteer at the Career Fair

Career Fair Volunteer Training Guide (PDF)

Volunteering at the Career Fair is an excellent way to network with employers throughout the day in a more personal way and to practice your personal pitch. Volunteering opportunities are available to greet employers, assist in the loading dock, and check in.

Volunteer Registration

Steps to Prepare for Career Fairs

1. Research employers

Select eight to 10 employers to research based on their services, bio, and mission, focusing specifically on 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!

What to know:

  • The organization's mission
  • Their products or services
  • Their available positions
2. 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 below.

3. Prepare your resume

Take 10 to 15 copies of your resume to the fair. 

Before you print them out, update your resume based on these resume samples and get your resume critiqued at the Resume Clinic or make an appointment.

4. 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

Career Fair Checklist

Career Fair Express Checklist (PDF)

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the Career Fair Checklist (PDF)

Personal Pitch Example