Student Job Fair FAQs

How should you prepare for this job fair?

  1. Log in to Bradley netWORK to research employers, apply for positions, and view the participating employers under the “Fairs & Events” menu tab.
  2. Prepare for this fair by attending workshops.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your career advisor to prepare a resume and ask for guidance.
  4. To make a good first impression, men and women are expected to wear full, business professional suits.
  5. Be prepared to deliver your 30-second elevator pitch when meeting an employer.
  6. Create a list of 5-10 employers you plan to target at the fair, and prepare questions to ask the recruiter.
  7. After the job fair, be sure to follow up with the employers that interest you.
  8. When applying for jobs online, follow these quick tips.
  9. If you need special accommodation(s) to attend this event, contact the Smith Career Center (309) 677-2510. Please allow sufficient time to arrange for the accommodation.

Day of the Event

  1. Bring your list of selected employers, a folder or portfolio with pen/paper, and multiple copies of your resume.
  2. Plan to spend at least 5 to 10 minutes talking with each of your selected employers.
  3. Ask each employer about appropriate application follow-up. Ask for a business card.
  4. Make notes about follow-up steps. Complete online applications and other follow-up activities within a few days of the event.

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. A professional photographer will also be available during the fair to take FREE LinkedIn headshots for students and alumni.

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.

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.

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.