Career Fairs are a great place to network with various employers... but they can be intimidating. Check out some tips below on how to show up and make the most of your upcoming career fair.
How to Prepare
Do some research
Most schools will provide a list of employers that are planning to attend. Take 15 minutes to look through and see what employers might be hiring in the field you are studying.
Update your resume
Many employers collect resumes at career fairs, as this is how they'll follow up with potential candidates. Update your resume and print some copies to give to those companies you're really interested in.
Career fairs can get really busy and time flies quickly at such events. Plan accordingly to ensure you get a chance to talk to every employer you want to have a chat with and find out more about.
Dress for success
Be comfortable but professional. "Smart casual" or business casual attire is always a safe bet. You'll see us dressed casually yet professionally as well in our Dynatrace swag.
When you approach an employer, you want to be confident. This is your chance to show your best self.
Open with a short introduction of yourself - who you are, what your major is, and what you are looking for.
If you did your research ahead of time, prepare a few questions to ask employers. This shows you put in effort beforehand and can help you stick out.
You're going to meet a lot of recruiters at these fairs. Keep track of the different pamphlets and information you get. You can use this information to follow up when it comes to looking for a job or internship.
Use this information to send a quick thank you note to those you met at the fair!
Connect with those you meet on LinkedIn! This is a good way to follow up with them now or in the future.