Before the Job Fair

Follow these guidelines when preparing to attend a job fair.

  • Research the list of employers who will be coming to the Job Fair: The list may change frequently a few days prior to the fair.
  • Make a list of questions to ask each employer.
  • Bring a professional looking pen, note pad, portfolio, etc.
  • Dress appropriately for the positions you seek. (It is not unusual for employers to interview candidates "on the spot")
  • Bring more resumes than you expect to use. (Perhaps five more than the number of employers)
  • Prepare and practice your introduction
    • Be specific. Begin by stating your name, institution (Indiana University Southeast), major and tentative graduation date.
    • Ask the employer about his or her available positions.
    • Briefly indicate how your work experience and special skills relate to the positions the employer has available.

During the Job Fair

Follow these guidelines during a job fair:

  • Expect large numbers of people at the job fair.
  • Expect the surroundings to be noisy and cluttered.
  • Have a firm handshake and speak clearly and distinctly.
  • Introduce yourself. Be open, honest, enthusiastic, and assertive.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your skills and knowledge.
  • Don't initiate talk about salary or fringe benefits. (Save that for a later conversation)
  • Request a business card, or write down the person's name, address and telephone number.

After the Job Fair

Follow these guidelines after a job fair:

  • Take time to follow up.
  • Send a typed thank you letter to the employer, using the business card information. (This letter should be sent within 48 hours of the job fair)