STEM Career Fair Preparation
How to prepare for your visit to the STEM Career Fair
- Make a list of the companies that interest you
- List of employers who have registered - stem_career_fair_employer_list_-_70.pdf
- Categorize employers who interest you and include “Must Visit”
- Review your resume
- Visit Quick Question Walk-in Hours to review your resume
- Seniors – Visit Senior Week workshops
- Research employers
- 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
- Use the Center for Career Development’s online resources including:
- Don’t forget to look on LinkedIn for recent updates, employee profiles, job/internship opportunities
- Visit the company’s homepage and research the following:
- Company Culture
- Current opportunities
- A few days prior to 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
Working the Career Fair
- 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 include your school and major.
- Pick up a copy of the STEM Career Fair guide at the entrance on the day of the fair.
- 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
Hello. My name is Jack Kelly and I’m a senior computer science major. I’ve had a number of technology-related internships, and am currently working on my software engineering thesis project. I’m proficient in X, Y, & Z programming languages, and work very well both on a team and independently. I’m very interested in your company, and would like to know more about the positions you have available.
- 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
- 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.