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What To Say At A Career Fair

Now that you’re at a career fair, here’s how to avoid the awkward silence when you meet potential employers at their booths. Remember: you’re both trying to gauge whether you’re a good fit for their company.

Recruiters might see hundreds of people a day at a fair. Here’s how to make that first impression count:

  • Customize your elevator pitch. It should be 15-30 seconds.
    • Introduce yourself and explain your major.
    • Describe the type of opportunity you’re seeking, whether it’s a full-time internship, part-time internship, co-op or long-term position. This can help determine where you can fit in.
    • Talk about your previous work experience. Even though you have your resume with you, it’s more compelling to hear directly from you where you’ve been and what you’ve done.   
    • Add details that could give you a competitive edge over other applicants. For example, maybe you already know someone who works at the firm or you’ve worked previously for one of our clients.
  • Come with questions. Show you’ve done your research and are eager to learn more about the company.
  • Ask for a business card, and follow up with an email or phone call. Send a thank you soon after meeting the recruiter. It’s good manners and helps solidify a positive impression.

Freese and Nichols is growing, and we want you to be part of our team. We’re currently hiring across disciplines. Click here to see our job openings.

Learn more about a career at Freese and Nichols here.

See which career fairs we'll be at this fall. We want to connect with you.

For questions, email Recruiting@freese.com.

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