Career Fairs + Events

Career fairs offer you the chance to meet with a variety of employers in one location, in one day. Some of the time, organizational reps won’t be able to discuss specific jobs, but they will be able to talk with you about the organization, the kinds of jobs generally available, requirements, career paths, and the like. In other cases, they’re recruiting for specific internships or jobs and they’ll accept resumes to take back with them for hiring managers.

The CCD hosts at least two fairs per year, one per semester, at the GSU’s Metcalf Ballroom.

At the Fair

Attending a career fair is just one step in the career exploration and internship/job search process. Employers participate to meet students and recruit employees. As a student or alumnus, you can attend a campus career fair to look for a job, gather career information, and develop your network of career contacts.

Conversations at career fairs are less formal and structured than a scheduled internship or job interview, but since you’ll be speaking to representatives of companies and organizations with possible openings, these discussions can sometimes turn into preliminary interviews. The representatives you speak to may themselves be hiring managers or have the influence to refer you to the appropriate hiring authority for the next step.

  • Tips to Make the Most of Your Career Fair Experience:
  • Look at the employers coming to the fair and narrow your list to those most relevant to your interests.
  • Research these employers thoroughly. Start with Handshake, where you can find information about attending organizations and their open positions. Visit their websites, and query any personal contacts you may have at any of the companies.
  • Work on your elevator pitch so that you can articulate to employers a summary of your relevant skills, interests, and background. Think through the following questions to help with the process: What are your goals, both academic and career-related? What are your relevant skills? What kind of position are you hoping for? How might you be a fit for an opportunity they’re recruiting for?
  • You’ll want to dress professionally (a suit may or may not be necessary depending on the types of organizations you’re interested in). Avoid T-shirts, jeans, short skirts, sportswear, and hats. It’s not a date, so it’s best to keep it conservative.
  • Turn off your cell phone and put away your iPod.
  • Plan to spend as much time at the fair as you can. You’ll be given floor plans identifying where the employer booths are located.
  • Initially, you may want to walk around the fair to get comfortable and develop a sense of the layout. Warm up by starting with an employer or two of interest, but not at the top of your list. Then head to the ones you most want to speak with. If you still have time after finishing your list, contact and gather information about employers who you are less familiar with, but are of interest.

More Career Fair Tips

Read an article on how to get the most out of a career fair: Making Career Fairs Work for You