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How To Prepare For A Career Fair

As fall career fair season kicks into gear, recruiters will span the country seeking the next generation of talent. (We’d love to meet you: see where we’ll be this spring.) Here’s how you can prep before the fair’s doors open: 

  1. Research the companies on the attendees list and determine which you’re most interested in. Narrow your list to three to five and find out more about each company. Look at their leadership, their previous projects and their history. Being able to talk about the company with a recruiter demonstrates genuine interest and makes it clear that you know how to do your homework.
  2. Update your cover letter and resume.
    They should be general and consistent for employers and highlight your strongest skills. Even though you might not be asked for a resume, -you should be prepared with copies just in case. Bring 10 to 15 copies in a folder.
  3. Practice your “elevator pitch.”
    This is a quick description of you: your major, the kind of opportunities you’re looking for, your experience (previous internships or notable projects) and other ways you stand out from other applicants. Your pitch should be concise and informative without sounding canned.
  4. Dress to impress.
    You’ll see a variety of clothing at a career fair, from shorts to full suits. However, business professional attire is preferred. Dressing appropriately means your clothes shouldn’t be a distraction.

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