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Conduct a bit of research before the Fair on the employers that most interest you. Know a little about their business and the kind of opportunities for which they occasionally hire.
Visit as many employers and graduate school representatives as possible.
Be friendly and assertive. The representatives are here to see YOU!
Introduce yourself by giving your name, major, and year in school. Be prepared to shake hands! If you have a particular interest such as a permanent position, an internship, a summer job, co-op position, a certain type of degree or program, etc., say so. Initiate conversation by asking a leading question such as, “Could you tell me about your internship opportunities?”
Have a resume ready to present to employer/graduate school representatives. Bring multiple copies. A resume makes it easier to facilitate conversation because the employer can ask questions.
Collect materials and business cards from representatives you talk to. Follow up promptly by e-mail or letter to indicate further interest.
Ask good questions, i.e., “Could you tell me about the opportunities available?”, or “What skills are you seeking in the people you hire?”, or “Do you have suggestions for what I could do to improve my qualifications?”, or “What graduate programs do you offer?” “I’m a freshman. Any career advice for someone just starting school?”
Ask how to get more information about the employer or graduate school.
Be patient and wait your turn if a representative is talking with another student.
Smile! Be personable and talk conversationally with representatives.