Career Fairs 

Career Fairs are a great chance to explore different opportunities.

Here are a few Tips on How to Handle a Career Fair.

Be Confident as You Approach Each Employer

The purpose of a Career Fair is for students and employers to meet and exchange information. Don't hesitate in your approach! Take the initiative and introduce yourself.  Walking and introducing yourself to a recruiter may be uncomfortable, and you may feel awkward and unsure about how to begin a conversation.  However, recognize that, as in any new situation, first impression begins with the moment you approach an employer.  Make that moment count!

Walk up confidently, say hello, introduce yourself, and shake the representative's hand. Be sure to establish eye contact and smile.  Make a general statement about yourself, such as, "I am Salina Smith.  I'm a senior at Westminster College majoring in Psychology.  I would like to know more about career opportunities with XYZ company."  You can also state what particularly interests you about their organization.  The more recruiters you speak with, the more skilled you will become at these first introductions. 

Dress Professionally
You will succeed in creating the impression that you are serious about your future employment opportunities if you dress in appropriate business attire.  Even if the recruiters are more casually dressed, it is recommended to dress in "business" attire, or "business casual."

Bring Enough Resumes
With so many organizations being represented at Career Fairs, having enough resumes to last through the day is essential.  The resume should be well written, follow established resume development guidelines, and printed on quality paper.

Send Follow-Up Letters
Ask for a business card before you leave an employer.  This will ensure that you have the proper name and address of the representative with whom you spoke.

Send a thank you letter within a week of the event.  This should be a formal, typed, business letter on quality paper.  Be sure to remind each recruiter that you met him/her at the Career Fair, including brief statement about your interests/background, and that you appreciate having the opportunity to discuss career opportunities with him/her.  You may also wish to include another copy of your resume.

Use Your Time Effectively
There will be a list of organizations in attendance prior to the Career Fair.  Research the organizations before you introduce yourself to the recruiters so you will be able to ask intelligent questions - and respond to any questions with confidence.

Make a list of the organization representatives you want to meet.  Prioritize them.  Don't meet with your top choices first.  Try out your greeting and introduction on two or three which are nearer the bottom of your list so you will have a chance to overcome any nervousness before you approach your top choices. 

Be polite and wait for other students to finish talking before introducing yourself to an employer.  Smile, be confident, and most of all be yourself!

Upcoming Area Career Fairs*

Upcoming Career Fairs in Missouri:

Columbia College
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Southwell Gymnasium
Type of Fair: Wide range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) Human Services, Criminal Justice, Business, Technology, and Accounting
Address: 1001 Rogers Street • Columbia MO 65216
Phone: 573-875-8700 or 800-231-2391

University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL)
Date: Friday, March, 7, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Mark Twain Building
Type of Fair: Job and Internship
Address: 1 University Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Cost: $10
Phone: 314-516-5000

University of Missouri - Columbia (UMC) MOJOE Education Fair
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Orientation from 9:30 - 10:00 am)
Location: Hearnes Center Field House on the MU campus
Type of Fair: Education
Address: 700 E Stadium Blvd Hearnes Center Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-5069

University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL)
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Mark Twain Building
Type of Fair: Education
Address: 1 University Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Cost: $10
Phone: 314-516-5000

Northwest Missouri State University
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Lamkin Activity Center (Bearcat Arena)
Type of Fair: All Majors, Full-Time, Part-Time, Internship, Summer
Address: 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660-562-1212

Upcoming Career Fairs in Illinois:

The University of Chicago
Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Ida Noyes Hall
Address: 1212 E. 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637
Type of Fair: Career and Internship
Phone: 773-702-7040

Upcoming Career Fairs in Oklahoma:

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am - Set up & Continental Breakfast
           9:45 am - 10:00 am - Introduction of Administration, faculty & staff
10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Career Fair opens to students
Location: NWOSU Alva Campus, Ranger Room in the Student Union
Address: 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717
Type of Fair: Career and Internship
Phone: 580-327-1700

Upcoming Career Fairs in Kansas:

Kansas State University
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Bramlage Coliseum
Address: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506
Type of Fair: Education On-Campus Interviews
Phone: 785-532-6011

* Some events are open only to students at the sponsoring institution. Candidates should check with the host college or university before planning to attend the interview day or job fair event.