Information for Students and Alumni

Get your resume ready and prepare your professional attire. It's time to learn the best way to conquer the career fair. 

Preparation

  • Update your HireAnIslander profile.

  • View employers hiring in your field in HireAnIslander.

  • Create/update your resume and have it reviewed by a career counselor.

  • Target your top five companies.

  • Create a list of questions to ask employers.

  • Prepare to answer questions.

  • Sell yourself, practice your introduction so you will feel comfortable interacting with employers at the career fair. 

  • Be professional

  • Arrive early

Entering the Career Fair

  • Bring your Student ID

  • Bring several copies of your resume

  • Dress in professional attire 

  • Name tags are required to enter the fair

What to Wear

Dress Tips for Men

  • Single or double-breasted suit in small pinstripe or solid shades of navy or charcoal gray.

  • Shirts: Light colors, starched cotton. Non-button down collar and long sleeves.

  • Shoes: Well-polished, black or brown leather lace-up wingtip or slip-on dress shoes.

  • Ties: Solid, thin striped, or small geometric print. Bottom of tie should meet the belt line.

  • Accessories: Long, dark socks in solid dark color that complements suit. No jewelry besides wedding band and watch.

Dress Tips for Women

  • Suit or tailored dress in solid shades of navy, gray, or black with skirts hemmed above the knee. May also wear pant suit.

  • Blouses: White or pastel colors. Silk, cotton, or polyester material with long sleeves and conservative neckline.

  • Polished, closed toe shoes with low heels.

  • Accessories: Subtle makeup. Nails should be neat with no polish or a clear neutral color. One ring per hand with exception of wedding set. Avoid carrying a purse if holding a briefcase or portfolio.

**If you do not own professional attire students are welcome to check out men and women's suits from Izzy's Career Closet in Career Services UC room 304**

Student Career Fair FAQS

1. Do I have to attend class that day?

Yes. Please talk to your professors if you plan to miss class for the Career Fair or an interview.  You may want to offer to work ahead and turn in assignments ahead of time in order to prepare.

2. Who is allowed to attend the Career Fair?

The Career Fair is open to all majors, students, alumni and the community. Admission to the fair requires student ID (does not apply to Alumni) and professional dress.

3. Where is the Career fair?

University Center Anchor Ballrooms

4. What should I bring with me to the Career Fair?

Bring your student ID card, multiple copies of your updated resume, a great attitude and a friendly smile. It is recommended to have your resumes in a portfolio/padfolio along with a pen and paper, in case you need to take notes.

5. What should I wear?

Dress in professional business attire. FOR MEN, that means dress pants, dress shirt, a tie and dress shoes. A suit jacket is not required but highly encouraged. FOR WOMEN, a skirt or dress pants, a professional blouse and dress shoes would be a minimum requirement. Again, a suit jacket is not required but encouraged. Remember, this is similar to an interview so you should dress accordingly.

6. Why am I required to wear the name badge given to me at the entrance?

The name badge has important information to let employers know more about you. It lists your name, class standing and major. 

7.  Why should I attend the Career Fair if many of the employers tell me to apply for their positions online?

The career fair is a networking event.  Some employers do require you to apply online so your information can be added to their database. However, meeting recruiters face-to-face, making a great first impression and networking are important tools in your job search process; for these reasons, you should attend the Career Fair.  Most employers will note who they spoke with at the career fair, and then compare that to who applied online, and then follow up with candidates that way.

8. How should I prepare for the Career Fair?

  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed early in the semester (don’t procrastinate because the appointment calendar fills up quickly during the weeks leading up to the Career Fair).
  • Review the list of employers, which is posted on the Career Services website and updated prior to the event.
  • Research the companies that interest you and be prepared to give a power introduction highlighting your accomplishments.