UNL Career Services coordinates and sponsors a variety of career fairs in the Fall and Spring semesters to directly connect students and alumni with over 500 employers annually.
The face to face interactions at these events are an important part of the jobsearch process.
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There are several additional benefits to attending:
- Investigate organizations, positions and career fields you could pursue with your major and background.
- Meet representatives from organizations for whom you are interested in working.
- Increase your chances of interviewing with an employer.
- Receive sound job search advice from seasoned company recruiters.
- Develop your network of contacts!
Not ready for an internship or full-time job? Go to the fairs to explore and learn about careers and organizations straight from the source. When you are ready to look for internships or full-time jobs, you will know what to expect and how to make the most of a career fair.
- 1. Research Employers
- Review the list of organizations that will be attending the fair on the Career Services website. Use the information provided by the employer and visit the organization's website.
- 2. Update Resume
- Develop a resume that reflects your most current accomplishments, skills, and experiences. Print an adequate supply of your resume. If you are considering positions in a few areas you may need more than one version of your resume. Visit Career Services for help in preparing your resume(s).
- 3. Sign up for Husker Hire Link
- Sign up for Husker Hire Link, UNL's on-line job search service, so that employers at the fair may arrange on-campus interviews with you. Also, hundreds of other opportunities are listed on Husker Hire Link by employers not attending the career fair.
- 4. Practice Introducing Yourself
- Prepare a 20 to 30 second introduction to use with employers. For example, "Hello. I'm (your name), a junior in Communication Studies and Marketing. I'm looking for an internship related to marketing for next summer. I read on your web site that (name of company) has an internship program in your corporate marketing department, and would really like to learn more about this program."
- 5. Consider Dress Code
- Consider how you will dress. If you are exploring job opportunities, you should dress in professional attire. Otherwise, business casual is appropriate.
- 1. Get Organized
- Obtain a career fair directory and a bag at the check-in table. Use these items to stay organized along with a simple portfolio to keep your resumes clean and ready. Be sure to store your coat and backpack before entering the fair.
- 2. Find Your Employers
- Review the directory to find the location of the organizations you wish to meet.
- 3. Approach with Enthusiasm
- Approach employers with a good handshake, eye contact and plenty of enthusiasm and interest. These simple elements demonstrate professionalism and poise to potential employers.
- 4. Leave a Copy of Your Resume
- Distribute your resume and get a business card from a representative at each organization that interests you.
- 5. Have an Open Mind
- While you may have specific employers on your list to speak with, if you have extra time, or have to wait to speak with an employer, take advantage of the opportunity to talk with others. You might discover an excellent opportunity you otherwise would have missed.
- One Note on Hard Copy Resumes
- Some employers cannot accept hard copy resumes and will ask you to apply online. This is to comply with federal regulations about the way employers keep data on applicants. While this can be frustrating, it does not mean the employer is not interested or does not really have opportunities available. The recruiters are taking note of candidates of interest, and in some cases may provide career fair attendees with an identifiable access code for their website.