Know your job interests and qualifications: Practice a 30 second elevator pitch highlighting your strengths, academic preparation, and related experiences. Focus on how you can contribute to the company, NOT what the employer can do for you.
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Know who is attending: Peruse the attending employers on Handshake; make a list of companies you want to meet with beforehand.
Research companies in advance: Visit company websites that pique your interest; read their featured articles; show their representatives that you have prepared ahead of time.
Prepare questions, such as: What specific skills/qualifications does your organization look for in its candidates? What's the company culture like? How does your organization train its new employees?
Dress appropriately. Wear professional, business casual attire. Long-sleeved, buttoned, solid shirt are safe for all genders. Avoid tight or baggy clothing.
Ask questions, take notes, and speak clearly and concisely. Refer to the questions you prepared in advance and never underestimate the power of eye contact. Here is a list of questions you can use at career fairs.
Network: Make connections with employers, alumni, and fellow students.
Say: "Thank you". Thank the representatives for their time, and that you look forward to being in touch.
Follow-up with employers within 48 hours. Email or (if possible send message via Handshake) with a thank you note to the recruiters you met with.
Another idea, if you engaged with more than one employer: Send each a personalized message and state your interest in the company. Add something specific that you talked about, and use this opportunity to ask additional questions.