How to Prepare for the In-Person Job and Internship Fair
Success at a job and internship fair requires preparation. You’ll need a top-quality resume, knowledge about the employers attending the fair, a game plan for your day, and, of course, your professional attire! Utilize our resources below to prepare for the Spring 2023 In-Person Job and Internship Fairs. This semester, two in-person fairs will be offered:
- Spring Job and Internship Fair: Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Mandela Room/Old Union Hall (University Union)
- STEM Fair: Thursday, Feb. 9 | 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Mandela Room/Old Union Hall (University Union)
It is recommended that you register in advance for the Job and Internship Fair. However, registration is not required for the in-person fairs and you may still attend even if you have not registered. You are not expected to attend the entire time–just what works for your schedule. Please also remember to bring your student ID to the in-person fair as it will be needed for check-in. Registration for the spring Job and Internship Fairs will open on January 18, 2023.
(Please note that registration is a requirement for attending the Virtual Job and Internship Fair)
2. Update your resume/CV and hireBING account
Your resume or CV needs to be top-notch! You can use samples from the Fleishman Center’s Career Guide as reference, or download editable templates from our website. Meet with a Fleishman Center staff member by scheduling an appointment in hireBING for feedback.
Additionally, please make sure your hireBING account is updated with your correct name, major and class year during the week of the fair. All attendees will have name tags printed upon check-in and your name tag will automatically print with the information on your hireBING account.
3. Get ready to make a strong first impression
It’s important to make a strong and professional first impression when connecting with employers. The following tips will help you to stand out when meeting a recruiter for the first time:
- Prepare professional attire. It is recommended that students wear business casual at minimum. If you do not have professional clothing, the JCPenney Suit-Up will allow Binghamton students, staff, and alumni to purchase professional clothing with an exclusive discount. This semester, the Suit-Up will take place on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 3-6 p.m. at JCPenney in the Oakdale Mall.
- Print out copies of your resume or CV and have then in a folder or padfolio.
- Practice what you will say to employers aloud with friends, family, or a Fleishman staff member. This will help you speak more confidently at the fair.
4. Do your research on employers
Make sure you research the organizations you are interested in meeting with in advance and check to see if they have positions already posted in hireBING. Identify their needs and figure out how you meet those needs! Make sure you have a few questions prepared to ask recruiters as well. View our list of attending employers to see who will be present at the fair so you can do research in advance on organizations you are interested in meeting with. When you arrive at the fair, you can utilize the Handshake app on your smartphone to help you find the employers you researched. The app is available for download on the App Store and the Google Play Store and will feature a map of employer booths in real time.
5. Practice your elevator pitch
This is how you will begin conversations with employers! Decide what you want to say and how you want to say it. Tips can be found in our Career Guide, and you might find it helpful to watch a video for some ideas. Practice saying your pitch out loud using Big Interview (answer the “tell me about yourself question” and review how you did!). For feedback, schedule an appointment in hireBING with a Fleishman Center staff member.
6. Schedule a career consulting appointment in hireBING
Fleishman Center staff are ready to help with anything fair-related including:
- Determining which employers you should meet with at the fair based on your interests
- Feedback on your 30 second commercial and tips on speaking with recruiters
- Resume/CV reviews
- Any fair-related question!
- Job/Internship searching beyond the fair
7. Be confident!
If you are prepared, friendly, well-practiced, and follow up with your new connections — you’ll be well on your way to making a great impression with recruiters!
If you have questions about any Fleishman Center services or need help preparing for the job fair, please contact us at email@example.com, or stop by our office in UU-133A!
Are you also attending the virtual fair? View our tips for success at the Virtual Job and Internship Fair