Use these expert tips to get the most out of Career Fair.
Before Career Fair
- Update your resume
- 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.
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
Career Fair First-Timers Tour
Get an inside look at how Career Fair works and how you can better prepare for it.