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Career Fair Resources for Students
Spring Career Fair Wednesday February 12th
10:30am - 3:30pm in the Armory

Get you Resume Critiqued

  • Make an appointment or stop by during our daily walk-in hours
  • Have an employer review your resume during Resumania! Employers will be in the CCPD everyday from 1-3pm through February 11th
  • Can't make it in? Use our guide and handouts to do a self-critique

RSVP for the Spring Career Fair through JobLink

  • Once you RSVP, your resume will be visible to the employers attending the Career Fair
  • Employers will sometimes use this tool to view resumes before coming to campus and reach out to students they are interested in speaking to

Download the Career Fair+ App for your iPhone or Android

  • The Career Fair+ App will have all of the important information you need the day of the Career Fair including:
    • Career Fair Map with employer booth locations
    • Employer bios, majors lists and the type of positions they are recruiting
    • Tips for success when attending the Career Fair
    • Up-to-date information about attendees including additions and cancellations the day of the Career Fair
  • Download the app here: iPhone or Android

Research Employers before the Career Fair

  • Use JobLink and the Career Fair+ App to build a list of employers that you are interested in
  • Try to apply for positions posted in JobLink and on employer websites before attending
  • Career Fair Map and Majors List

Practice Your Pitch

  • Prepare a list of topics and relevant information you want to include in your pitch
  • Always include your major, class year and why you are interested in working for them. Have you already applied to a position there? Include that too!

Get a Business Card and Follow Up

  • Send a Thank You email or connect to the recruiter on LinkedIn
  • Remind them of your conversation and attach your resume

Tips on Dressing for Success
If you are in need of a suit, visit the Clothes Closet

Men and Women

  • Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or gray is best)
  • Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best; pastel is next best)
  • Make sure your shoes are clean and polished
  • Comb your hair: conservative style and out of your face
  • Trim your fingernails and make certain that they are clean
  • Use minimal cologne or perfume
  • Remove visible body piercing (nose/eyebrow rings)

Men

  • Wear a silk tie; the colors should complement the suit and the pattern should not be overstated
  • Dark shoes; black laceups are recommended
  • If you have facial hair, be sure it is well groomed

Women

  • Always wear a suit with a jacket (skirted suits are still recommended)
  • Wear low heels/pumps; no sandals
  • Conservative hosiery at or near skin color . . . be careful of runs
  • If you wear nail polish, choose a clear or conservative color
  • Wear minimal makeup (not too noticeable)

Other general suggestions: Feel free to dress very casually for employer informational meetings on campus . . . it’s expected. However, be sure to dress in interview attire if you are selected for an on campus interview. If invited for a site interview after your campus interview, be sure to clarify the dress code with your host. Normally, you would take along a suit as well as business casual clothes. Remember that business casual means different things to different people. For men, you might consider a sports jacket with khakis. For women, a blazer or dressy cardigan sweater with dress pants/khakis are just a few suggestions.

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For CCPD Workshops and Events, SCE and the CCPD Spring Career Fair
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JobLink is the CCPD’s online recruiting & job posting system.



The calendar of events includes employer information sessions, interview dates and workshop information. In order to best prepare for these programs and show employers your interest, please RSVP for the events through JobLink.

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