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*

University of Central Missouri
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Multipurpose Building Arena
Type of Fair: Fall Career Expo
Address: 108 West South Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093 
Phone: 660-543-4111

University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL)
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Mark Twain Building
Type of Fair: Internship and Job Fair
Address: 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121
Cost to Attend: ??
Phone: 314-516-5000

Rockhurst University
Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Massman Hall Rock Room
Type of Fair: Meet the Firms - Accounting and Finance Fair
Address: 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-501-4000

University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Student Union, Room 401
Type of Fair: Career Fest - All Majors
Address: 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Cost to Attend: ??
Phone: 816-235-1000

Northwest Missouri State University
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 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

St. Louis University
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Busch Student Center - Wool Ballrooms
Address: 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
Type of Fair: Fall 2014 Career & Graduate School
Phone: 800-758-3678

Southeast Missouri State University
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm         
Location: Student Recreation Center - North
Address: 1 University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Type of Fair: All-Majors Career and Internship Fair
Phone: 573-651-2583

Washington University in St. Louis
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Mallinckrodt Center - Danforth Campus 
Address: 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
Type of Fair: Fall Career Fair
Phone: 314-935-5930
* Some events are open only to students at the sponsoring institution. There might be a cost to attend. Candidates should check with the host college or university before planning to attend the interview day or job fair event.