LSSU Fall 2024 Career Fair

The 2024 Career Fair will be held on Thursday October 17, 2024 from 3-6pm in the Walker Cisler Conference Center!

Employers

Registration is now open! Please click here to register.

Students

In order to make the most of your time meeting with potential employers, it is important to be prepared. Preparation is the key to making a successful representation of yourself. The following tips will help you before, during and after the career fair:

Prior to the Event (PREPARE!)

Listen to these job fair related podcasts:

Career Fairs: Be In the Know Before You Go – Preparation is key to career fair success: steps every job seeker should take before and during a career event to enhance their candidacy.

Job Fairs: The Basics – Job fairs are an excellent opportunity to meet multiple employers in one convenient location. These face-to-face forums allow you to learn first hand about prospective employers and their hiring needs, and to present your credentials in person without a prior appointment. Here’s how to meet recruiters who are ready and willing to speak with you at your convenience!

Job Fairs: A Day At the Fair – Job fairs can be crucial when it comes to finding employment opportunities. Here’s how to successfully interact one-on-one with recruiters, gather details and leads firsthand, and present your résumé and credentials, all in one place!

Job Fairs: All the Wrong Moves – Recruiters scouting for the most qualified candidates are as intent on screening people out as they are in letting them in. Don’t make the elimination process any easier by committing the following job fair mistakes.

 

Day of the Event (PERFORM!)

  1. Dress the same as you would for a job interview. You want to present the best image possible — jeans, sweatshirts, and backpacks won’t cut it. Avoid excessive jewelry and perfume. You will only have a few minutes to make an impression as a job candidate. Positive first impressions are critical.
  2. Turn off your cell phone and other electronic devices! Ringers, alerts and phone conversations are distracting and disrespectful. Let the employers know that they are your main focus.
  3. Arrive early and map out your strategy. Who will you talk with first? Lines will be longer for some employers than they will be for others. Plan accordingly and don’t waste valuable time by standing in line.
  4. Keep an open mind and don’t miss out on opportunities due to lack of information or effort. You may want to tour the event and make contact with all the participating organizations to learn more about them and what they have to offer, but visit your “core” companies first.
  5. Introduce yourself to company representatives in a positive and confident manner; offer a firm handshake. Include your name, your school (if the event isn’t only for your school), degree, major, and the year you are graduating.
  6. Tell the recruiter about your job interests. For example:
    • Discuss a particular career or job with that organization
    • Learn more about the organization and available opportunities
    • Learn more about what someone does in a particular career
    • Discuss internship or summer job opportunities
  7. Present your résumé and be ready to discuss your background, qualifications and career goals. Ask what you should do to apply for a position with them.
  8. Think of questions that you have regarding your area(s) of interest. Take notes on the answers you receive. Some questions might be:
    • What are common career paths within your organization?
    • What is the training program for new hires?
    • What do you look for in a candidate?
    • What advice do you have for applicants?
  9. Make sure you obtain each representative’s name, title, address, email address, and phone number so you can follow up with them. Collect literature and business cards whenever possible and ask the representatives when you can expect to hear back from them.
  10. Be sure to take notes after each table. Write down your thoughts about the company, the recruiter, your chances, follow-up strategies, to-do list, etc. Keep this information organized!

After the Event (PERSIST!)

After the event, you should make it a point to follow up with a letter expressing your interest in the company and in what they have to offer. You may want to include an updated résumé, a link to an electronic portfolio, or provide better answers to specific questions asked during the event. Thank you/follow up letters should be received by the employer within 2-5 days after an event.

Contact Information for Career Fair