How can I prepare for the fair?
- Dress professionally and bring resumes. Wear professional clothing appropriate for career
interest. Resumes should be given to employers whose background
and needs match a studentís job objective.
- Do not circle the room and wait for an employer to reach out
to you. Make a good impression by being assertive and
approaching employer reps.
- When greeting an employer rep, do so with a show of interest
and enthusiasm for the organization he/she represents. Show these
qualities by making good eye contact and having a firm handshake
- Greet an employer by extending your hand and saying, for
example: "Hello. I am _______________ (your name). Iím a
______________ (senior, junior, sophomore, freshman) here at
Oglethorpe and I am interested in ________________ opportunities
at your organization."
- If you do not know whether or not an employer has specific
opportunities of interest to you, an approach might be: "Hello. I
am ____________(name). Iím a _________ (state your class) at
Oglethorpe and I am seeking a position (or an internship or a
part-time job) where I can apply my ________(academic) background
and skills. Does your organization offer such opportunities? Who
is the contact at your company or how do I apply for such a
position?" This career fair is a time to network and "go fishing"
in a safe environment for an unadvertised position. GO FISHING!
- For underclassmen, this a great time to research and to gather
information for the near future when you will seek an internship,
part-time job or a career-related position. Pick up material,
hand-outs, and business cards for future networking. Get back to
these contacts when the timing is right!
What not to do at a career fair:
- Lack focus and appear unsure what opportunities interest you.
- Dress unprofessionally.
- Forget copies of your resume.
- Lack knowledge about a company or confuse a company
for its competitor.
- Ask about salary.
- Ask inappropriate questions - or none at all.
- Grab the free stuff.
- Convey a lack of confidence by not making eye contact or
giving a weak handshake.
Create an "elevator speech"
Imagine you meet someone in an elevator. You have
only a short amount of time to tell this person a few important
things about yourself that you want to be remembered. Thatís the
theory behind this introduction. Practice an introduction that
conveys, in less than two minutes, who you are and what you want.
This is a great introduction to use when meeting
employer reps at the career fair. It gives them just enough
information about you to spark their interest. It also gives them a
starting point from which to ask additional questions about you and
Possible questions to ask employers
- What type of positions does your organization offer for
students with my major?
- What are some typical assignments or projects for people in
- What skills or previous experience do you look for in new
- How do I apply for employment with your company?
- What training programs are available for recent college
- What type of experience would I get with your organization?
- Could you describe a typical day at work?
- What do you like most about working for this organization?
- Tell me more about the corporate culture (Formal work
environment? Plenty of flex time or vacation time? High stress
- What is the most important thing a candidate should know about