Career Center


How to Prepare for the Fair

Some additional tips on how to prepare for a virtual career fair! 

Preparing for a Virtual Fair:

  • Create your student account in Handshake.
    • Complete your student profile.
      • Education, work experience/volunteering experience, skills, organizations/extracurriculars etc.
    • Upload a polished resume.  
    • Make your profile public to employers. Learn how to do so here
    • Alumni can request to create an alumni account by going here. Alumni will need to create a public account in Handshake in order to attend a virtual fair. 
  • Register for the virtual fair in Handshake. This will allow the following:
    • See which employers will be attending the event. 
    • Select times to connect with employers through Handshake. 
      • Sign up for group sessions hosted by employers. 
      • Sign up for 1:1 conversations with recruiters. 
      • Send chats to recruiters throughout the fair. 
  • Make sure to still dress professionally. 
  • Remember, recruiters will have the ability chat you or connect via an audio call or a video call. Be sure to choose an appropriate space to have these conversations in. 
  • Test out the microphone and audio/video on the device you plan to attend the event with beforehand. 


The Seahawk's Guide to Attending the Career & Internship Fair

Before the Fair:

  • Visit the Career & Internship Fair page for the date, time, location, etc.
  • Research the employers scheduled to attend the event in Handshake.
    • New employers are added daily to the list, so regularly check Handshake to see who will be attending.
    • Make a list of the employers you wish to meet.
    • Know enough about these employers to tell them why you are interested and be able to connect your background to their needs. Ffamiliarize yourself with their products and services.
  • Dress professionally! Don't know what to wear or have a tight budget?
  • Have a polished resume handy.
  • Prepare and practice your 30-60 second "elevator pitch" (your sales pitch) to introduce yourself and to briefly relate your background to what you know about the employer's needs.
  • Prepare questions you want employers to answer, such as:
    • What types of employment or internship opportunities does your organization represent?
    • Tell me more about your organization.
    • What characteristics do you look for in applicants?
    • How does your organization provide supervision and training?
    • What is your application process for new college graduates?
    • May I leave you a copy of my resume?
    • May I have one of your cards to follow-up with you?

During the Fair:

  • Treat the career fair like an interview and make a great first impression.
  • Have multiple copies of your pristine resume in hand.
  • Pack light if you can. Avoid carrying large book bags through the fair by utilizing the coat rack in the lobby to hang your extra materials.
  • Collect business cards from the recruiters you plan to follow-up with.
  • Be sure to smile! Demonstrate confidence, interest and enthusiasm.
  • Have good eye contact and a firm handshake.
  • Go it alone. It’s fine to come to the fair with friends, but it is important to talk with employers individually to show confidence and make a strong impression.
  • Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge of their organization or industry.
  • Avoid asking inappropriate initial questions involving salary, benefits, vacation, sick leave policy, etc.
  • Take advantage of the resources available at the Career Fairs, such as:
    • Professional Headshot Booths
    • On-the-spot Career Counseling sessions
    • One-on-one job searching assistance

After the Fair:

  • Connect with the recruiters you spoke with on LinkedIn.
    • Send the recruiter a personalized message with the connection request. Recruiters are meeting hundreds of students that day, so you want to stand out and be personable.
  • Follow-up with a handwritten thank-you note or email to recruiters you connected with.
    • Following up in a timely manner shows your professionalism and makes a positive impression.