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Get the Most Out of Your Career Fair Experience


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Before the Fair
  • Download the Handshake App & Update your Handshake profile
    • Download Handshake Mobile App to view employers
    • Update your profile & major (this will ensure your name tag prints what you want and not Undecided or Pre-Business undeclared)
    • Students who complete their Handshake profile are 5 times more likely to be messaged by employers.
    • Remember to add work experience and organizations, too.
    • By having the Handshake app downloaded you can easily check-in to employer booths during the fair.
  • Feature Your Resume on Your Handshake Profile
    • Once you upload your resume, set it to visible. This allows employers to seek you out for opportunities and for you to apply for opportunities through Handshake.
  • Research Companies Attending the Fair 
    • Review companies attending the fair on Handshake – Events – search Career Fair you will be attending – View all Employers
    • Pick the companies you want to visit. Study their company website or LinkedIn page.
    • Favorite companies in Handshake.
    • Take notes and prepare questions to ask recruiters. (“What do you like most about working at ABC Company?”)
  • Prepare your Personal Pitch
  • Plan your professional dress wardrobe
    • Visit the Career Closet – Student Success Center Suite 125 for four FREE items of professional dress each semester!
  • Watch these great videos
During the Fair
  • Prioritize the companies your want to visit.
  • While you’re waiting in line, study your notes and questions for the company.
  • Greet employers with a smile, an acceptable handshake, and your elevator pitch.
  • Ask questions to engage in conversations.
  • When talking to a company rep, highlight key points on résumé.
  • Ask the representative for a business card or their contact information.
  • Thank the recruiter for their time.
  • After you walk away, make notes about your conversation for follow-up after the fair.
After the Fair
  • Make sure your voicemail is professional.
  • Check your phone messages and email.
  • Follow-up with a thank you message within 48 hours of the fair.
  • Look for other opportunities to network with the employer on campus.
    • Future Career Fairs
    • Visits with student organizations

Career & Professional Development

(920) 424-2181

Student Success Center, Suite 125
750 Elmwood Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Oshkosh Campus

  • M–F: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Fox Cities Campus Advisor Hours

  • Fox Cities Hours: Mondays (days will vary) in the Solution Center
  • Schedule appointments via Handshake
  • Services only offered when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms.