Spring Job & Internship Fair - Student Information

Thursday, February 20, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum

Open to all Bradley students and alumni who are seeking internships or full-time positions. This all-majors job fair attracts a variety of employers. After Job Fair Interview participants will be advertised closer to the fair. Over 900 students typically attend this fair to explore career options, network with employers, and/or pursue internships or full-time positions. A professional photographer is also available during the fair to take FREE LinkedIn headshots for students and alumni.

How should you prepare for this job fair? Here are a few quick tips:
  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 and Resume Critique Day on Friday, February 14.
  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. The Dream Center is Peoria can be a resource for clothes
  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. Explore a variety of online resources to maximize your preparation.
  10. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend?

Attending a virtual 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 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 will catch a recruiter's attention. A short list of appropriate questions also helps spark conversation.

What if I am 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 prepare 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.


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