250 Words or Less: Career Fair Networking Guide

Take advantage of a career fair and use it to meet employers and alumni who want to talk to you about their occupations and opportunities, gather information on career options, develop a network of contacts, identify job and internship openings, or secure an interview.

  • Dress professionally: First impressions are key.
  • Expand your focus: Approach employers that appear unrelated to your major. Technical companies offer non-technical positions, and vice-versa.
  • Communicate your purpose: If you’re looking for a job, state the position that has gained your interest. If you are gathering information, let employers know that you are exploring options and are interested in learning about them.
  • Make a strong first impression: When meeting employers, introduce yourself, give a firm handshake, make eye contact, state your purpose, ask questions, and don’t forget to speak and act professionally.
  • Highlight your strengths: Come ready to discuss your qualifications and include clear and concise examples to demonstrate these qualifications.
  • Bring copies of your resume: Bring enough copies for the companies you are targeting. Carry them in a portfolio.
  • Ask questions: Use questions to increadse your knowledge of industry trends, job options, and career paths.
    • What entry level positions are available?
    • How do you see this field changing over the next five years?
    • What advice would you give me if I wanted to break into this field?
  • Follow up: Request a business card. Be sure to follow up with a thank you note or e-mail within the next 24 hours if you are highly interested in the company. 

Visit us at career.sdsu.edu to find more information on we can help you before the Fall Internship & Career Fair September 17th.

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