Making the Most of the Civic Engagement and Not-for-Profit Career Fair
Career Fairs are a great opportunity to learn more about organizations that are hiring. Rather than researching hundreds of organizations on your own, our team at the Center have connected with employers that have expressed an interest in hiring Manhattan College students.
Take advantage of this amazing resource by networking and making contact with organizations that interest you.
Myths about attending a Career Fair
All I need to do is to “show up” the day of the event
We recommend that you do your research on organizations in advance. We have several tools below to support you in this pre-work to ensure you leave a positive lasting impression.
Not for Profit employers don’t care how I dress
While many of the organizations attending will have relaxed dress codes, you don’t want to leave a negative impression on your first meeting. View our guides below and come dressed professionally.
I should attend only if I’m looking for a full-time job
Consider attending whether you are actively searching for full time employment, internships or just learning more about organizations in general who are hiring.
An important part of the job search process is networking and building relationships. So treat all recruiters with respect and follow up with those that you are keenly interested in as you never know when the opportunity might present itself.
Before the Fair
- Research organizations -- Civic_Engagement_employer_list.pdf
- Visit the company’s homepage and learn more about their mission, history and their company culture. Does this organization align with a cause that you are passionate about?
- Review your resume
- Visit our office during Quick Questions Walk-in Hours
- Watch “Stand Out Resumes” video on CareerSpots
- Print multiple copies of your resume in a portfolio. (**The bookstore sells resume paper at discounted a price)
Tips for Working a Career Fair
- Review the Floor Plan and familiarize yourself with the layout of the event.
- Wear professional interview attire; which includes a business suit, collared shirt and tie (men) and dress or blouse and pants (ladies). Watch “Interview Dress For Women” and “Interview Dress For Men” on CareerSpots.
- Don’t forget to polish your shoes! Enter the Best Dressed competition.
- Take your professional headshot at the LinkedIn photo booth.
- Wear your name tag and don’t forget to include your school and major.
- Pick up a copy of the Career Guide at the entrance on the day of the fair.
Networking with Employers
- Watch “Who Am I” and “Google Yourself” videos on Career Spots
- Highlight your skills, strengths, and activities demonstrating leadership and teamwork
- Demonstrate that you’ve researched the company by including elements of their mission statement, history and/or company culture
- Shake hands, make eye-contact and smile with employers
- Ask ice breaker questions
- Get recruiter’s contact information to follow up and send a thank you
Thank You Letter for a Career/Job Fair
- Don’t forget to send a thank-you email to the employers after the career fair.
- For sample thank-you letters and emails, please watch “Art of Saying Thank you” and “Follow Up with Employer”.