Career Fair Tips // Everything you need to know beforehand11:00:00 AM
Your first career fair can definitely be overwhelming no matter how big or small. At my school, there will be over 200 different employers that I could have the opportunity to talk with. Some colleges require real-world experiences whether it be a co-op or an internship, but even if it isn't required to graduate, a summer internship in your field can be a great head start for the future job search down the road. Now, let's get into the fun stuff!
Before the career fair:
There is as much to do before the career fair as there is to do during and after. Here's some tips to get you started in the right direction and help get you prepped for the big day!
Dress to Impress:
Dressing professionally can help you stand out from the crowd. At my school's career fair everyone will be wearing professional attire. This may seem intimidating, but here's some tips to get you looking your best, so you can past the test (see what I did there?).
The most common outfit on career fair day is a black suit. I purchased a gray suit, not only because it's my favorite color (if you can even call it that), but also because it'll give me a little variation from the crowd. Just be sure that you don't have any noticeable wrinkles, stains, or imperfections for whatever you do end up wearing.
Keep in mind that this will be the first impression that the employers will get from you, make it a great one.
Talk the Talk:
Your resume can sadly not do all of the talking for you, so here are some tips on how to carry conversation with your dream employer. One of the most important aspects of the career fair is to interact with employers properly. You need to be able to communicate what you can bring to their company. In order to wow them, be sure to do research on them. It is great if you are able to talk to them about their company culture or the latest headlong about their company. It will impress them and show how interested you are in their company.