Career Fair Prep

Career Fair Name Tag station in Career Services office

Use these expert tips to get the most out of Career Fair. 

Before Career Fair

  • Update your resume
    • Need help? Make an appointment with a career advisor or come to Career Services for a walk-in. Hours can be found here.
    • Attend a resume workshop.
    • Make several copies of your updated resume before Career Fair.
  • Research companies
    • Download the Career Fair Plus app.
    • Review companies attending the fair on Handshake.
    • Pick the companies you want to visit. Study their company website or LinkedIn page.
    • Take notes and prepare questions to ask recruiters. ("What do you like most about working at ABC Company?")
    • Talk with your academic advisor.
  • Upload your updated resume on Handshake and update your profile.
  • Plan your wardrobe.
  • Print a (new!) Career Fair name tag in Career Services (Admin 220).
  • Attend CareerFEST Events and practice networking with recruiters.
  • Prepare your Personal Introduction.
Download the Career Fair Plus app on Google Play or the App Store

During Career Fair

If this is your first Career Fair, consider taking the First-timers Tour (1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.) or watch the video.

  • Prioritize the companies you want to visit.
  • While you're waiting in line, study your notes and questions for the company.
  • Greet employers with a smile, an acceptable handshake, and your personal introduction.
  • When talking to a company rep, highlight key points on your resume.
  • Ask the representative for a business card or their contact information.*
  • Thank the recruiter for their time.
  • After you walk away, make notes about your conversation for a follow-up after the fair.

* Please note: Career Services does NOT have contact information for recruiters.


After Career Fair

  • Make sure your voicemail is professional.
  • Check your phone messages and email.
  • Follow up with a thank-you message within 48 hours of the fair.


"I remember my first year at Michigan Tech. I was debating if I wanted to go to the career fair. I decided to go and because of it, I have a large network of industry professionals.

Go to Industry Days, go to Career Fair, get to as many events as possible. By going to these events, you will meet recruiters that will get to know you by name." 

— Matthew Rudy '17  

If you need additional help preparing for Career Fair, please contact Career Services or schedule an appointment.

Play Career Fair First-Timers Tour video
Preview image for Career Fair First-Timers Tour video

Career Fair First-Timers Tour

Get an inside look at how Career Fair works and how you can better prepare for it. 

Future Career Fairs

2020 Fall Career Fair: Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Virtual event on Career Fair Plus

2020 Natural Resource Career Fair
: Wednesday, November 12 & Thursday, November 13, 2020