How to prepare for the Fair

How to Prepare

What do I need to do to prepare for the fair?
  • I periodically check Academic Advising and Career Development's website to view the employers planning on attending the Fair.
  • I have visited Academic Advising and Career Development and:
    • Stop in Academic & Careers and pick up free job search materials such as sample resumes, cover letters, and interview questions.
    • Scheduled a videotaped practice interview and used the drop-off resume critique service.
    • I have viewed the "Preparing for the Fair" handout
  • Attend Career Fair Prep Workshop - Date to be determined
Helpful Tips -
  • Dress Professionally, bring plenty of resumes, a letter-sized portfolio with notepad and pen, money for food and phone calls, grooming care items and, most important, a positive and confident attitude!!
  • Check in at the registration/information table! Pick up your nametag and a listing of employers attending. Some employers may register late or some do not show. Watch for signs posted at the Fair to alert you to this information.
  • Take a few minutes to sit quietly, review materials and prioritize your list of employers.
  • Take this opportunity to visit with as many employer representatives as possible. Leave your resume regardless of current openings.
  • When lines are long at a table, it may be more efficient to select another employer. Stop by as many tables as possible. Some employers may leave early. Therefore, be sure to prioritize your goals for the day.
  • Be prepared to interview on the spot or be invited to a more formal interview the day of the Fair or the following day. NOTE: Employers will have schedules at their tables available to schedule interviews.
  • Follow-up is the key!!! Be sure to send applications and other information requested by each employer. Don't forget to send a thank-you letter too!

Career Fair Advice From Employers

How do I make a positive first impression with employers?
Should I research companies in advance, or just use the career fair as a way to learn about them?
How important is professional attire?
How do I sell my skills if I don't have relevant experience?
Do employers prefer students to approach them alone or with a group?
What kind of questions might an employer ask at a career fair?
What types of questions should I ask employers at a career fair?

Career Fair Advice from Students

How I prepared for the career fair.
It's beneficial to attend a Career Fair as a freshman or sophomore.
You don't have to be looking for a job to attend the Career Fair. (Turn up the volume on this one)
Go to the Career Fair to meet employers and learn about opportunities.
It's important to make a positive first impression.

Reminders
  • Be sure to check for updated announcements, additions and cancellations the day of the Fair.

Volunteering for the Fair

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS are needed to help make our fair a success.

Who can volunteer? - click here to complete volunteer registration form.

  • Any student who is not currently seeking a professional position (please contact our office to schedule your volunteer time)
  • What are the dates and times for volunteering
  • Typically we will need volunteers anytime 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Where will I be volunteering?

  • Health & Sports Center

What do I get for volunteering?

  • An opportunity to network and meet with employers from various fields
  • The chance to observe employers and candidates during the fair and learn how a career fair works to better prepare yourself in the future for a job search
  • Give employers a great impression of UNK students and your student organization
  • Another activity to add to your resume

What will I be doing?

  • It will depend on the time slot you sign up for – Duties may include: greet and direct employers/candidates to designated areas, assist Academic Advising and Career Development staff with set up and tear down, direct questions to information table, visit with employers who are not busy, deliver refreshments/lunch to employers, assist with door prizes

What should I wear to the Career Fair?

  • Casual-Professional: Dress pants with comfortable shoes

For more information please contact:

Academic Advising and Career Development
865-8501
careers@unk.edu

Parking at the Fair

UNK STUDENTS should park in Lots where their current parking permit allows.

  • Should you need to park elsewhere you are required to get a Visitors Permit from Public Safety which is located on the corner of University drive and 19th Avenue in the General Services Building

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