Job Fairs

Upcoming Fairs

Part-Time Employment Expo Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon Location: Renaissance Coliseum

Open to all local, Peoria-area employers on or off campus who have paid part-time job opportunities throughout the year. This job fair is meant for recruitment of non-professional, part-time positions students can work while attending school.  Open to ALL students (900 expected).

Students, come to meet on-campus and off-campus employers and interview on the spot!  Please note that on-campus positions are very limited, so prepare and dress well to stand out among other candidates.  Many off-campus employers can be reached on the Peoria bus line; if you do not have a vehicle, look into CityLink and be open to these off-campus opportunities.

List of attending employers available August 22 Additional info / map to be posted

Fall Job & Internship Fair Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Renaissance Coliseum
Open to employers looking to fill full-time professional positions for our soon-to-be grads and/or internship positions. This is typically the largest career fair of the year and attracts the largest variety of majors.  Open to ALL students (1,000+ expected).
List of attending employers available in early September Additional info / map to be posted

Academic Majors & Minors Fair Date: Thursday, October 19, 2015
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom,Michel Student Center
Open to current Bradley students, Bradley University Academic Departments, and Bradley Alumni to help students learn more about the various major and minor Fields of Study offered at Bradley, the academic requirements, and careers associated with the field students choose for their major or minor. Bradley Alumni are encouraged to come to represent their Field of Study.  Open to ALL students, especially Freshmen and AEP students (250+ expected)
NOTE : This is not a recruiting event

Graduate & Professional School Fair Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom, Michel Student Center
Open to educational institutions who seek soon-to-be Bradley graduates for their own graduate and professional programs. Students from a variety of majors, interested in attending graduate school, are in attendance.  Open to ALL students, especially Juniors and Seniors (200+ expected)
List of attending schools available in early October Additional info/map to be posted

Nursing & Physical Therapy Career Fair Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: Noon – 3:00 p.m. Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom, Michel Student Center
Open to healthcare employers who seek nursing and physical therapy majors in particular. Students who attend this fair seek full-time and internship positions.  Open to all students interested in healthcare, especially Nursing, Health Science, and DPT students (100+ expected)
List of attending employers available in October Additional info/map to be posted

Spring Job & Internship Fair Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Renaissance Coliseum
Open to employers looking to fill full-time professional positions for our soon-to-be grads or internship positions. This fair also attracts a large variety of majors and is comparable to the Fall Job & Internship Fair though later in the school year.  Open to ALL students (900 students expected).
List of attending employers available in January Additional info/map to be posted

Careers in Public Service Expo Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom, Michel Student Center
Open to non-profit and government agency organizations ONLY who seek to fill full-time or internship opportunities. This career fair attracts students interested in public service specifically.  Open to ALL students (100+ expected).
List of attending employers available mid-March Additional info/map to be posted

Past Fairs

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What Recruiters
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First Impressions

QUICK TIPS (PDF)

Suggested Preparation

  1. Prepare resume and select appropriate interview attire.
  2. Review List of Participating Employers and identify employers of interest.
  3. Visit web sites of your selected employers to review product/services, locations, and employment information.
  4. Log-in to Bradley netWORK to view job descriptions and potential interview schedules for selected employers.
  5. Prepare a "30-second" introduction of yourself.

    30-second Introduction (First Impressions count!)

    Effectively introducing yourself at a job fair takes some practice. Your goal is to get the conversation started by providing basic information about your background, identifying your career interest followed by a "conversation starter" which demonstrates your knowledge and interest.

    Part 1: Your background (information about yourself to provide context for the conversation)
    • Name
    • Year in school
    • Major (if it supports your career goal)
    • Highlights of relevant experience (work, classes, leadership experiences)
    Part 2: Your career interest
    • Type of job desired (intern or full-time)
    • Knowledge of or connection to the organization
    Part 3: Conversation starters (be creative - these are a few ideas)
    • I see from your web site that you are seeking a summer interns, can you tell me more about the qualifications you are seeking?
    • I am familiar with your organization because I have been a volunteer with you for three years. I am pleased to see that you have full-time openings. What is your application process for these positions?
    • I have been following your organization through your social media feeds. Can you tell me more about _________________?
  6. Review the Job Fair Tips Information Guide for additional suggestions.

Day of the Event

  1. Bring your list of selected employers, a folder or portfolio with pen/paper, and multiple copies of your resumes.
  2. Plan to spend at least 60 minutes talking with your selected employers.
  3. Ask each employer about appropriate application follow-up. Ask for a business card, as appropriate.
  4. Make notes about follow-up steps. Complete online applications and other follow-up activities within a few days of the event.

Sample Questions to Ask

  • What key skills are you looking for in your candidates?
  • What is the application process for this position?
  • When do you hope to have these positions filled?
  • When will you be selecting candidates to invite to an interview?
  • If I am lucky enough to get an interview, do you have any suggestions on how I should prepare?
  • Once I submit an application, is it OK to follow up with you? What date should I target?
  • How did you get started with the employer?
  • Any suggestions/advice on additional experience I should gather before making application?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend?

Attending a job fair is as much practicing your networking skills as it is about applying for a job. It is an excellent chance to practice asking and responding to job-related questions, learning about the job application process, and listening to employer needs. It is also the chance to let your personality stand out and give employers a reason to choose your application from the hundreds of applications they receive via their web site.


How long should I plan for the event?

If you have planned ahead and identified potential employers of interest, you should be able to speak with most of them within 1-2 hours. Come early to avoid long lines.


How many employers should I target?

Be open minded. Select at least 5-10 employers to visit.


What impresses employers?

Employers appreciate students who are prepared. Knowing a few facts about the employer and introducing yourself in a confident manner (including a firm handshake) will catch a recruiter's attention. A short list of appropriate questions also helps spark conversation.


What if I am nervous?

Nerves are understandable. Warm-up by starting with employers where you have interest, but are not necessarily at the top of your wish list.


Can I visit an employer that does not list my major?

Yes! Employers may have a wish list of majors, but will often consider candidates that have related experience that matches the job description. They may also have unexpected openings for positions not on the job fair list.


Does "any major" mean that the employer is desperate to hire just anybody?

No! Employers that hire "any major" often have strong training programs. They are looking for hard working, smart, flexible individuals who have the desire to learn the operations of the organization and work their way up.


Do I need to bring cover letters?

No. Cover letters are used after the fair when following up with employers.


Is "apply on-line" just a brush off?

No! Most employers today consider online applications step #1 in the hiring process. Though a resume is helpful for contact information, most recruiters cannot invite you to interview until an online application is completed.


What if I can't find an employer?

Find a Smith Career Center staff member at the student help desk or on the floor and ASK! They will know which employers have cancelled and will give additional follow-up direction.



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