Pro Tips: Preparing for a Job & Internship Fair

The Annual 2020 Spring Job & Internship Fair is less than three weeks away! Soon, over 120 employers will be on campus, ready to network and recruit UVM students. Whether you’re looking for a summer gig, a full-time job after graduation, or just a better idea of what options are out there, the fair is a great event to attend.

But how do you make yourself stand out in a sea of other candidates? Check out our list below to get ready for the Job & Internship Fair spotlight.

1. Gear up for research

All of the employers who are registered for the career fair can be seen by logging into Handshake and visiting this link. There is bound to be a good fit for everyone! Take a look at the companies who will be attending and identify 3-5 that interest you. Visit their website, read up on their mission, or even visit their social media. You’ll know the basics and be able to use your time with each employer to ask thoughtful questions.

2. Know what you don’t know

On that note: have questions! Just like a job interview, there will be an opportunity to ask about workplace culture, upcoming projects, and other curiosities whose answers will tell you a lot about the company. Plus, it’s a subtle way to show off your research chops (#humblebrag).

3. Spruce up your resume

This is a must — if you find your dream job waiting for you on the fourth floor of the Davis Center, you want to leave something behind! Clean up your resume to reflect the skills and experiences you bring to the table. Show off a little! Bring enough resumes to leave with as many employers as you expect to speak to one-on-one.

Need some help with your materials? Come to GSB Career Drop-In Hours at Kalkin 100!

Tuesdays: 10 – 11 AM
Wednesdays: 9-11 AM & 1-3 PM
Thursdays: 1-3 PM

4. Dress to impress

Treat a job fair like an interview: this is your chance for an amazing first impression, so use it! You can never go wrong with business formal, or some spiffy and sharp business professional attire.

5. Follow up with a “thank you”

Just because the fair is over doesn’t mean your work is done. Get a card from every employer you connect with, and take a few minutes to write a simple “thank you” note. Email is a quick way to do this — if you’re feeling really extra, snail mail is a fun touch! If you know of a specific opening you’re interested in, now is a good time to mention it with your resume attached. Plus, you’ll be able to mention your conversation at the job fair in your future cover letters.

It can be intimidating to stare down a room of employers, but remember: they want you to be a great employee as much as you want to join their company.

Be professional, positive, and polite. You never know where your network will lead you!

By Madison Berry
Madison Berry Student Success Advisor & Employer Engagement Liaison Madison Berry