1. Copies of your resume (25 to 40 depending on the event size). Be sure it represents your knowledge, skills, and abilities effectively. It needs to look professional – easy to read format on plain white or cream-colored paper – and be free of typos. If you are looking at several career options, you may want to have two or more targeted resumes with different career objectives!
2. A smile, a strong handshake, and a positive attitude. First impressions are important. Approach an employer, smile, and offer your hand when you introduce yourself.
3. A 30-second “infomercial.” Hand the recruiter a copy of your resume and be prepared to expand on it quickly! Share basic information about yourself and your career interests like this: “Hello, I’m Vicki Jonas. I’m a senior here at Windsor University and I’m an English major. I’m very interested in a marketing career. As you can see on my resume, I just completed an internship in the Marketing Division of the ABC Company in Phoenix. I’ve also taken some courses in business marketing. I’m very interested in talking with you about marketing opportunities with your organization.”
4. Information about the organizations that will be attending. Gather information as you would for a job interview. To maximize the brief time you have with each employer, you need to know how your skills and interests match their needs. And don’t just concentrate on the “big names.” There are often great opportunities with companies with which you are not familiar.
5. Energy! Career fairs require you to be on your feet moving from table to table for an hour or so. Each time you meet someone, be at your best, as refreshed as possible!