Five Tips to Prepare for an In-Person Career Fair

To get the most out of UMUC’s In-Person 2019 Spring Career Fair, you will need to prepare in advance. At this year’s in-person event, you will have the opportunity to meet with more than 50 employers and network with other job seekers, fellow students, alumni, faculty and staff.  This type of event could pay off for you if you plan and prepare properly. The tips below can help you maximize your opportunities at the In-Person Spring Career Fair.

Register for the Event
Register in advance for the career fair. Once you register through CareerQuest, view the list of employers attending to identify who you are interested in speaking with as well as which positions you interested in are qualified for. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with more information.

Prepare Your Resume
During the process of registering for the career fair, you will have the opportunity to upload your resume. Before you do this, it is important that your resume content matches the qualifications and requirements outlined in your desired position(s). As mentioned before, be sure to visit the list of employers attending the Career Fair and tailor your resume to any openings of interest. Then, carefully proofread for grammar and spelling errors. Finally, use our free, automated resume tools in CareerQuest for feedback and assistance. You can obtain instant feedback using VMock, or to receive guidance customizing your resume for a specific opportunity, use Resunate.

Search and Download the App

Before the Career Fair, search and download the “ScanShake Visitor” app in your app store to access career fair tools and resources to organize your day. The app includes:

  1. Complete employer information (contact info, company info, job listings, etc.)
  2. Event floor plan
  3. Ability to take notes right in the app for easier follow-up
  4. Ability to digitally exchange your resume with employers (limited need for paper resumes, but bring some just in case)
  5. Ability to set up your profile in the app

Check Your Digital Footprint
Be sure to scrub your online profiles of any “unprofessional” posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and any other social media where you have a presence. Update your profile, remove any posts that might be offensive, review the pictures in your profile or account, and untag yourself as needed.

Research Companies  
Before the Career Fair, you’ll want to conduct your research. For every organization you are interested in speaking with at the Career Fair, be sure to visit the organization’s website and become familiar with their:

  • Products and services
  • History and corporate culture
  • Organizational mission and goals
  • Organizational structure (divisions, subsidiaries, etc.)
  • Locations (main and branch)
  • Recent organizational news

To help you prepare for and increase your effectiveness at the In-Person 2019 Spring Career Fair, we invite you to register for one of the following prep sessions:

Prep: In-Person Career Fair (webinar) – February 28, 2019 – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (EDT)

Prep: In-Person Career Fair (webinar) – March 4, 2019 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EDT)

As always, keep in mind that UMUC Career Services is available to help you plan and achieve career success. Set up an appointment with a UMUC Career Advising Specialist.

Rhoda Smackum is a career advising specialist for Career Services and Alumni Relations at University of Maryland University College. She has approximately 28,000 hours of work experience in the field of career development. Ms. Smackum enjoys working collaboratively, in partnership with students and alumni to identify career issues, match values with career choices and obtain meaningful work. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Bowie State University and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Maryland College Park. She is a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) and an Associate Certified Career Coach.