A career fair is an event where students and alumni have the opportunity to network with and meet employers, recruiters, and graduate schools in a large group setting. UW-Whitewater holds several career fairs throughout the year.
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The career fair is a chance to deliver your personal branding message in-person. Personal branding is an opportunity to convey a sense of your skills, values, career focus, and personality to prospective employers. The ability to deliver your personal branding message is a great way to differentiate yourself from competition.
Career fairs are a great way to:
Even if you are not currently looking for a job or internship, career fairs are great opportunities to learn more about the various career fields and explore your options for future job/internship searches
In order to prepare for a career fair, you should:
You should bring the following items:
You are going to be meeting employers for the first time and want to impress them, so wear attire that is appropriate and professional. Suits are always appropriate, but at the very least dress in business casual attire. Avoid jeans, leggings, and shorts. A polo shirt, blouse, or other shirt with a collar with nice pants (such as khakis or dress pants) or a skirt is appropriate. Wear closed-toed professional footwear as well.
If you do not have appropriate clothing, stop by the Career Services Warhawk Success Closet.
Practice a firm handshake, and make eye contact with the employer.
After the fair, you should: