Career Fair Resources for Students
On Navigating a Career Fair
Spring Career Fair Wednesday February 8th
10:30am - 3:30pm in the Armory
- Make an appointment or stop by during our daily walk-in hours
- Have an employer review your resume during Resumania! Employers will be in the CCPD everyday from 1-3pm from January 30th through February 7th
- Can't make it in? Use our guide and handouts to do a self-critique
Download the Career Fair+ App for your iPhone or Android
- The Career Fair+ App will have all of the important information you need the day of the Career Fair including:
- Career Fair Map with employer booth locations
- Employer bios, majors lists and the type of positions they are recruiting
- Tips for success when attending the Career Fair
- Up-to-date information about attendees including additions and cancellations the day of the Career Fair
- Download the app here: iPhone or Android
Research Employers before the Career Fair
- Use JobLink and the Career Fair+ App to build a list of employers that you are interested in
- Plan on talking to EVERYONE! Even if a company doesn't indicate they are here for your major, you can still talk to them. You might be a perfect fit!
- Try to apply for positions posted in JobLink and on employer websites before attending
- Prepare a list of topics and relevant information you want to include in your pitch
- Always include your major, class year and why you are interested in working for them. Have you already applied to a position there? Include that too!
Get a Business Card and Follow Up
- Send a Thank You email or connect to the recruiter on LinkedIn
- Remind them of your conversation and attach your resume
Professional attire is recommended, suits encouraged. If you have a suit, wear it! If not, there are many other ways to dress professionally: dress pants, khakis, dresses, skirts, collared shirts - button down or polo, ties, bow ties, cardigans, blazers, dress shoes, high heels, ballet flats, dress socks and tights just to name a few. This is not a comprehensive list so if you're not sure - ask the CCPD!
Forget an item? Pants are shorter than you remember? Stop by the CCPD and take a look at the Clothes Closet to see if there is anything to borrow for the day. Plan ahead and come in before February 8th.
We understand that some recruiters come dressed down; but remember, you're interviewing! While some employers don't require suits for an interview and you might not be in formal wear during your day to day job, it's always better to be overdressed and over prepared than under.
Although professional dress is always recommended to all students, all majors, the CCPD staff and volunteers that day will not deny entry to the Spring Career Fair to any student based on their attire alone.
Other general suggestions: Feel free to dress very casually for employer informational meetings on campus . . . it’s expected. However, be sure to dress in interview attire if you are selected for an on campus interview. If invited for a site interview after your campus interview, be sure to clarify the dress code with your host. Normally, you would take along a suit as well as business casual clothes. Remember that business casual means different things to different people. For men, you might consider a sports jacket with khakis. For women, a blazer or dressy cardigan sweater with dress pants/khakis are just a few suggestions.