Student Job Fair FAQs
Why should I attend?
Attending a job fair is as much practicing your networking skills as it is about applying for a job. It is an excellent chance to practice asking and responding to job-related questions, learning about the job application process, and listening to employer needs. It is also the chance to let your personality stand out and give employers a reason to choose your application from the hundreds of applications they receive via their web site.
How long should I plan for the event?
If you have planned ahead and identified potential employers of interest, you should be able to speak with most of them within 1-2 hours. Come early to avoid long lines.
How many employers should I target?
Be open minded. Select at least 5-10 employers to visit.
What impresses employers?
Employers appreciate students who are prepared. Knowing a few facts about the employer and introducing yourself in a confident manner (including a firm handshake) will catch a recruiter's attention. A short list of appropriate questions also helps spark conversation.
What if I'm nervous?
Nerves are understandable. Warm-up by starting with employers where you have interest, but are not necessarily at the top of your wish list.
Can I talk with an employer that does not list my major?
Yes! Employers may have a wish list of majors, but will often consider candidates that have related experience that matches the job description. They may also have unexpected openings for positions not on the job fair list.
Does “any major” mean that the employer is desperate to hire just anybody?
No! Employers that hire “any major” often have strong training programs. They are looking for hard working, smart, flexible individuals who have the desire to learn the operations of the organization and work their way up.
Do I need to bring cover letters?
No. Cover letters are used after the fair when following up with employers.
Is “apply on-line” just a brush off?
No! Most employers today consider online applications step #1 in the hiring process. Though a resume is helpful for contact information, most recruiters cannot invite you to interview until an online application is completed.
What if I can't find an employer?
Find a Smith Career Center staff member at the student help desk or on the floor and ASK! They will know which employers have cancelled and will give additional follow-up direction.