Job Fairs

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Suggested Preparation

  1. Plan to attend job search-related workshops offered by the Smith Career Center
  2. Prepare resume and select appropriate interview attire.
  3. Review List of Participating Employers and identify employers of interest. (Typically available in August)
  4. Visit web sites of your selected employers to review product/services, locations, and employment information.
  5. Log-in to Bradley netWORK to view job descriptions and potential interview schedules for selected employers.
  6. 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, and sharing a "conversation starter" which demonstrates your knowledge and interest.

    Look at Your INFOmercial (video) and Elevator Pitch Guide (infographic).

    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 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 _________________?
  7. 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 resume.
  2. Plan to spend at least 5 to 10 minutes talking with each of your selected employers.
  3. Ask each employer about appropriate application follow-up. Ask for a business card.
  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 offered an interview, do you have any suggestions on how I should prepare?
  • Once I submit an application, how should I follow up with you?
  • How did you get started with this employer?
  • Do you have 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. You can also practice your handshake and introduction with a career advisor before approaching an employee.

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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