How to Be Successful at the Career Fair

By JoAnna DiCicco on February 26, 2017

Getting nervous about landing that summer internship or full-time job? It’s normal! Remember, every student there is in the same boat as you. Don’t be discouraged — be confident!

Here are some tips to help you knock that first impression out of the park.

1. Prepare and double-check (and triple-check, quadruple-check, etc.) your resume for errors

 The last thing you want an employer to see is that you’re an “Englsih major,” or you “helped a company boost there sales by 15 percent.”

Spellcheck and grammar checks are extremely important! Make sure your job experiences go in order from most recent to oldest. Most importantly, try to stick to the one-page rule. The resume should be a snapshot of your experiences, not your autobiography.

image via Nichols College

2. Prepare an introduction

Introduce yourself by saying your name, major, and what you are looking for. In some cases, an elevator speech will work just fine. An elevator speech is basically a short speech about yourself that you can say to someone within the time it takes to get to another floor on the elevator.

3. Dress to impress

Don’t show up like you just rolled out of bed; sweatpants won’t do for today. The best way to go is to dress business professional. That means a blazer with dress pants, or a blazer with a dress and stockings for girls, and a dress shirt and tie with dress pants for guys. Don’t forget the dress shoes! Little black heels usually work just fine for the girls!

4. Be confident and independent

This isn’t a club or a bar — try to leave the friends at home. It’s not a group event, this is your time to shine and wow those employers. Stand out from the crowd, and remember to smile, and make eye contact!

5. Be open to companies you have never heard of

Just talk to them! You may miss out on an amazing opportunity. Besides, sometimes the name brands aren’t the best quality.

6. Take the free things (seriously)

Take those pens, bags, USB cords, and post-it pads. Employers are happy to see those things going to good use, and besides, who can’t use an extra pen?!

Best of luck, and if you don’t get the first job you apply for, keep trying! Something is out there — trust the timing of your life!

JoAnna is a senior at The College of New Jersey with a finance major and a professional writing minor. She is excited to graduate and start life in the real world, applying all the experiences and education that she learned throughout the years to her adult life. When she is not working or at school, JoAnna loves to spend time with her family, friends, and boyfriend. She is obsessed with makeup, dogs, and all kinds of food. JoAnna has also written articles for and Automate Excel.

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