careerBUZZ: 7 Things to do to Prepare for the Fair

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 8:57am

1. Dress to Impress

Dress in professional attire, but be comfortable in what you are wearing. Men: wear dress pants, a button down shirt, dress shoes, and a jacket if you would like. Women: you have more flexibility but make sure if you wear a dress or skirt it is an appropriate length. If you do not like to wear high heels then wear flats. You don’t want to this to happen to you:


2. Remember your student ID and a padfolio

You will need this to check in and your nametag will be at the same table. Padfolios are nice to carry your resume in and to store information flyers that employers give you. If you do not have a one you can buy one at the fair, or bring a nice folder to keep your materials in.

3. Bring extra copies of your resume

Bring more copies of your resume than you expect to need — 10-15 would be a safe bet. To make your resume stand out even more, print it on resume paper! You can buy this at an office supply store (Office Max, Target, etc.) or get it printed at Zephyr’s downtown.

4.  Research the companies

There will be over 150 companies at the career fair. Narrow down your search the week of to find which ones interest you and do some research on them. Sometimes, making a list of A &B companies helps. A-companies are the ones you do not want to miss and B-companies can be ones you visit with if you have extra time. It can be good to talk to a B-company first and get some nerves out if you are feeling anxious about your pitch.

Here is a link on how to research employers.


5. Personal Pitch

Say your name, year in school, major, why you are interested in this company, and incorporate some of the research you did in advance.

Such as, “I heard you have a Marketing Internship for the summer and I think my skill set matches what you are looking for. Could you tell me more about this program?”

Sell yourself and be confident!


6. Download the UI Career Fair App

This app will be your savior for the fair, and it’s FREE! It has a list of all companies and where they are located in each ballroom. You can star the company and it will show up on the map. There are resources such How to Impress the Recruiter, Filtering Companies for your Interests, and more!

Get it now: Android // iOS

7. Still have nerves? Come to the Hospitality Hub in the Hubbard Commons!

There will be:

Career Advisors ready to give pep talks

Peer Advisors to answer questions

Water to rehydrate

Cookies, cookies, and more cookies!

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Written by Student Blogger: Kathryn McKenzie