Student Career Fair Information

Prepare for the Career Fair

Be a Career Fair Rock Star @ Career-Chella!
March 14 | 3 - 5 PM | McWherter Library

What is Career-Chella
An event to help you prepare for career fairs

Why Should You Attend

  1. You want to learn what happens at career fairs
  2. You want to learn how to make an impression with recruiters
  3. You want to be competitive for jobs & internships

What to Expect
Real recruiters will share tips and strategies in short 10-minute segments on :

  • How to Dress
  • How to Research Companies
  • How to Talk to Recruiters
  • How to Follow Up with Recruiters


* Also get on-the-spot resume feedback!

  • Download the Careers by Symplicity app and stay up-to-date on event information and other Career Services events.

  • A professional resume is important to career fair success. A well-developed resume will show recruiters you are serious about your career and internship search.  Get resume help during walk-in hours!

  • Research, research, research!
    • You likely won't get to visit all the employers at the event. Develop a plan by viewing the list of registered employers first, then prioritize your top employers. If you have time remaining, visit other employers. You never know where opportunity exists. Spend some time researching the company and most recent news about their industry. 
    • Use advanced search features to narrow your list. Check out this short video on using advanced search.
  • Make a GREAT first impression!
    • Dress the part and wear business professional attire. It will set you apart.
    • Practice your handshake and elevator pitch to use upon approaching recruiters at the fair. 
    • Hi, I'm Tom Tiger , a junior Computer Science student interested in applying my Java programming skills in the packaging industry. Last summer, I interned with a mid-size company working with the CTO on a major software update of their vendor database. I would love to be considered for full-time opportunities at your company. Please tell me more about your recruiting process.

Tips for Career Fair Success

  • Have your UofM Student ID out and ready for easy check-in.
  • Grab a map of employers and locate the organizations you researched earlier.
  • Keep your resumes neat and clean in a professional portfolio.
  • Check your coat and backpack/bag at the designated location.
  • Turn off your phone and do not use it while meeting recruiters.
  • Open the conversation with your elevator pitch and a firm handshake.
  • Offer your resume and request a business card for follow up.
  • Ask recruiters about the online application process as some cannot accept hard copy resumes.
  • Keep an open mind to companies not on your target list. You never know where opportunity may exist.
  • Share your feedback with Career Services. Volunteers will ask you to complete an evaluation upon exiting the fair.
  • After the fair, send follow up emails to recruiters you met. Thank them for attending and express your interest in the organization and positions. This is a great way to stand out!