Tips to Succeed at the Career Fair

Step 1: Before the Career Fair

  • Do some preliminary research on the companies you’ve chosen and prepared questions to ask.
  • Identify the skills and interests you want to market to employers and refine your resume.
Step 2: At the Career Fair
  • Talk to employers! It may seem intimidating but that’s why they’ve come to campus… to talk to you!
  • Be prepared – it helps you relax and lets the conversation flow naturally.
  • Make an effort to put your best foot forward – dress up, smile, take a deep breath and be yourself!
Step 3: Questions to Ask & What to Say
  • Start by introducing yourself: Hi, my name is _____. I am a 4th-year psychology student.
  • What do you do in a typical day?
  • What are the organization’s products and services?
  • How is your company organized? Do you promote within?
  • What can I do to prepare myself for this career area?
  • What skills and qualities are necessary in this career?
  • What do you find most rewarding/frustrating about your work?
Step 4: Keep Track of Information
  • Keep well-organized records during your research – either on paper or in a database.
  • Collect business cards.
  • Include information such as:
    • Contact Person (and correct spelling of their name)
    • Job Title
    • Name/Address/Telephone Number/Website
  • Record notes on information you have collected for the future.
Step 5: Follow up with Employer
  • Target your job search and Call/Contact each company:
    • Ask for your contact person or HR manager by name.
    • Introduce yourself from the U of L Career Fair; mention your program and job search goals (ie. Full-time employment, etc.).
  • Ask for a few minutes of their time to ask them questions about their company, any existing openings, or anyone else you could speak to that might be looking to hire University students/graduates in that field

Always get at least one name or lead to contact for next time!