Many career fair attendees believe that getting a job is the only favorable outcome of a career fair; while that would be amazing, securing a job or an internship is, in fact, not the only benefit of attending career fairs. A career fair offers you a chance to introduce yourself to industry experts, explore opportunities in your target area, and network with colleagues. Proper expectations can make the difference between having a productive experience versus a disappointing one.
As you prepare for a career fair, it is therefore vital to set SMART goals. For example: identify 5 target companies and introduce yourself (share your pitch) to each one; identify 3 potential core contacts, establish a genuine connection, collect their business cards and follow up with them after the fair; brainstorm 3-4 questions to ask your target employers and ask each target at least 1 of these questions; and so forth.
Keep in mind that securing employment requires hard work, so if you don’t invest time and effort, you will get nothing in return.
Below is a list of upcoming career fairs you might be interested in (or have already registered for). Stop by the Career Development Office and make sure you are ready to shine at any or all of these events. Remember, making a good impression is key.
Maryland Career Consortium [MCC] Career Fair
When: 10am–2pm, February 19, 2016
Where: Reitz Arena, Loyola University Maryland
How: Click here for student access information.
Who: Students and Alumni interested in connecting with employers from various local and national industries
Philadelphia Non-Profit & Government Fair
When: 11am–2pm, March 31, 2016
Where: Athletic Center, Saint Joseph’s University, 2450 N 54th St, Philadelphia, PA 19131
How: Registration not required for this event. Please bring an extra copy of your resume for registration at the door.
Who: Students and Alumni interested in internship and full-time opportunities