Career Fair - Preparation

How to Prepare for the Career & Internship Fair

What to do Before the Fair:

  • No pre-registration required. Do bring your Student ID to swipe in though.

  • Log in to Wildcat Careers and upload a resume under "Documents"
    (A resume book of students who attend the fair will be created and shared with the employers who attend the fair) (Resume Writing Resources)

  • Locate the directory to see which companies are attending

  • See what a previous UNH Career Fair looked like (Note: This fair was in the MUB. Fairs are now held in a different location.) Video of Oct 2012 Fair
  • Research the target companies you are interested in speaking with
    • Visit the About Us tab to make sure you know what they do
    • Check their Careers tab to read any relevant job descriptions in detail
  • Practice your 30-second pitch: your job is to convince them that you are a great fit for them
    • They will most likely ask you why you are interested in their company specifically, so include these details in your pitch. Also ask yourself, “What do I have to offer?”
  • Print multiple copies of your resume

What to do the Day Of the Fair:

  • Get there early so you have plenty of time to walk around and get comfortable
  • When you’re ready to talk to companies, start speaking to companies NOT on your target list; this will give you a chance to practice your pitch and get comfortable
  • Make eye contact, smile, and give a firm handshake 
  • When speaking with your target companies, be sure to ask for a business card
  • After you walk away from the table, be sure to write a quick note on the back of the card; assuming you’ll have many cards, you’ll want to be sure you can remember key details or follow-up instructions from specific conversations
  • If companies ask you to apply online after you give them your resume, Don't be offended. Many companies today have hiring policies that require every job applicant to be officially registered in their system.

What to do After the Fair:

  • Follow up with employers you had an interest in; send a quick thank you email and let them know you have completed the online application (if requested)
  • A conversation today can lead to a job tomorrow!

Employer Advice for Students Attending the Fair:

  1. Research the company beforehand

  2. Dress appropriately

  3. Offer resume before being asked

  4. Bring enough resumes

  5. Approach tables with confidence

  6. Have questions for the company

  7. Stop by booths outside of your radar

  8. Know the type of position you are looking for

  9. Treat every meeting like an interview

  10. Don't stay with your friends