STEM Career Fair 2014

Before the Career Fair

  • Visit the Center for Career Development during walk-in hours for a quick resume review.
  • Watch “Stand Out Resumes” video on CareerSpots.
  • Get your professional business attire (i.e. suit, white collared shirt and tie).  Need help?  Visit our clothing closet and Watch “Interview Dress For Women” and “Interview Dress For Men” on CareerSpots.

Research Companies You Are Interested In

  • Watch the “7 Tips for Researching Companies” Video on CareerSpots.
  • Make a list of the companies that interest you. Current Company list as of 9/19.
  • Do your homework in advance and learn what the companies offer, positions they are hiring for, and how you might fit into the culture of their organization.
  • Categorize employers who interest you and include “Must Visit”.
  • Visit Glassdoor.com to research company reviews, interview questions, and salary information.
  • Don’t forget to look on LinkedIn for recent updates, employee profiles, job/internship opportunities.
  • Visit the company’s homepage and research the following:
    • Mission
    • History
    • Products/Services
    • Company Culture
    • Current opportunities

The Week of the Fair

  • Review the floor plan and familiarize yourself with the layout.
  • Print multiple copies on professional resume paper.
  • The bookstore has discounts on resume paper.

Tips for Working a Career Fair

  • Review the floor plan and familiarize yourself with the layout of the event.
  • Wear your name tag and don’t forget to include your school and major.
  • Pick up a copy of the STEM Career Fair Pocket guide at the entrance on the day of the fair.
  • SuitUp! Wear professional interview attire; which includes a business suit, collared shirt and tie (men) and dress or blouse and pants (ladies).
  • Take your professional headshot at the LinkedIn photo booth.
  • Get contact information for recruiters and alumni that you would like to follow up with after the Fair. Remember, they will pay attention to the students who thank them and demonstrate interest after the event.
  • If there is a line, pick up brochures and network with other companies. You can always return later.

How to meet Employers

  • Your goal is to demonstrate your interest in the company and share your educational background as well as personal skills and strengths which would make them interested in hiring you.
  • Speak with a warm, confident tone in a clear voice. 
  • Keep your body language open and welcoming.
  • 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.

Sample Pitch

Hi, my name is Newton Crosby. It’s nice to meet you. I’m a junior Electrical Engineering major. My background includes coursework in electrical circuits and digital system design and I’m familiar with the MATLAB and PSpice programs. I am looking for an electrical engineering internship for this coming summer. I know that your company has recently expanded their product line to include wireless communication devices and I am really interested in this area. I saw your posting on JasperLink and I feel that I would be a strong candidate for your internship program.

Developing a pitch is great starting point for beginning a conversation with employers at job fairs. It should be about 30 seconds in length and should highlight who you are, and what you have accomplished in your career.

It helps break the ice with an employer and it gives the employer a quick and clear understanding of your general background. We recommend you make your pitch very conversational and informal but at the same time strong enough to get across your major points

After the Career Fair

  • Send thank you emails or letters after the career fair in a timely fashion.
  • Don’t send a standard thank you to everyone.  Include your interest in each particular firm and remind them of details you discussed in the conversation.
  • For sample thank-you letters and emails, please watch “Art of Saying Thank You” and “Follow Up with Employer” on CareerSpots.