Business Career Fair
Make personal connections with local and national employers. Investigate internships and full-time employment options while promoting your qualifications and interests. Chart your path to success.
Mark Your Calendars
Who can attend the Business Career Fair?
All U of A students and alumni are invited to attend.
How should I dress for the Business Career Fair?
Business casual dress at a minimum is required to attend. View examples.
What should I bring to the Business Career Fair?
Bring your U of A student ID and have it ready at the door for check-in. And bring numerous copies of your resume to give to employers!
Are there other Career Fairs on campus?
Additional campus career fairs are hosted by the University Career Development Center.
More Events for Business Students: Mark Your Calendars
Save the date for these spring 2018 events!
- Are you Ready? Pop-up Shop: Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Underclassman Case Competition - Presentations: March 12, 4:30 p.m.
- Hilton Company of the Day: March 14
- Inceed Company of the Day: March 28
- Conoco Phillips Company of the Day: April 4
For questions about any of these events, please email email@example.com. Check Handshake and the University Career Development Center's calendar for additional campus wide events and career fairs.
Career Fair Preparation Tips
Make the most of your career fair by being prepared! Read this checklist and make a plan. These details will make or break your career fair experience.
Do some research!
Find out which companies or organizations are attending the event. Review the list of attendees and decide: Who are you most interested in talking to? What do you want to know about them and their industry? Who haven't you heard of before? Look up those companies you are unfamiliar with and read about them.
Once you've determined the companies you are most interested in meeting, you should: take a few minutes to check out their web sites and see what kind of work they are doing; login to Handshake to see if they have any job or internship postings; and research what others have to say about them.
Other factors to consider include: Does their work interest you? Are they in a state of growth? Do they offer training and professional development opportunities?
Make a strategic plan for the event!
After researching the attendees, you should develop a list of the top companies you want to visit with and plan to approach them first during the fair. Some 'big name' companies will have crowds around them all day. You will have to be observant to find a time when you can talk to them. Keep in mind that even employers who offer work that doesn't fit into your career goals are good to talk to. You need to practice networking - the ability to network is a critical job search skill!
Don't sit back and wait to be approached! Introduce yourself. Shake hands and make good eye contact. If you are unsure how your education fits with the employer's specific needs, ask open-ended questions such as: What qualities are you looking for in employees? Do you offer internships or specialized training?
Career events are very busy times for the employer. Be prepared to succinctly demonstrate your knowledge of the company, express enthusiasm in what they do, describe how your background and education can contribute to their needs, and be respectful of the representative's time.
Some employers will be conducting interviews the day of or soon after the Business Career Fair. If they are impressed with you and your skills/experiences, they may ask you to visit with them during the event for an official interview. Consider brushing up on your interview skills before attending the fair.
Plan your introduction!
You will need to make the most of a limited amount of time, so develop a thirty-second introduction with the following information, and practice saying it out loud until it flows easily and confidently: your name, what you do (your major, most impressive skills and accomplishments), and what your career interests are (Are you seeking an internship or a full-time position? When?).
Make a good impression! Regardless of the extent to which technology makes it easier and faster to share information between job seekers and employers, nothing replaces in-person contact for making an impression. This is your opportunity to be evaluated on more than just your resume; you have an opportunity to stand out in person in a way that you might not on your resume. Interpersonal skills, communication skills and work-place-appropriate social skills are critical. Many employers evaluate these skills heavily, because they want to hire people who can make a good impression on their clients and customers.
Be confident, not aggressive.
Bring numerous copies of your resume!
Bring enough copies of your resume to give to each employer on your list, plus at least 20% extra for any others you may visit with.
Be prepared that some employers will not accept hard copy resumes and will ask you to apply online. This does not mean the employer is giving you the brush-off. The employer is likely taking note of candidates in whom they are interested, but must follow certain procedures to comply with their company's policies. Make sure you ask the company representative what the best way is for your resume to circulate within their organization. You may encounter employers who will accept your resume, and/or ask you to submit your resume in Handshake, and/or ask you to submit your resume through their company websites. Follow the company representative's advice about resume dissemination.
Collect business cards when possible!
Collect business cards and make notes on the back to remind you of your conversation with various recruiters. Use this to jog your memory when writing a follow-up email letters to the employers that interest you.
Send a thank-you letter to the representatives you wish to remain in contact with. This will set the stage for future correspondence.
Dress as you would for a professional job interview.