How to Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair

Success at a Job and Internship Fair requires preparation. You'll need a top-quality resume, knowledge about the employers attending the fair, a game plan for your day, and, of course, your professional attire! Utilize our resources below to prepare for the fair. 

1. A great resume is a must! Your resume needs to be more than a long list of jobs and tasks; it needs to reflect that you have the skills employers seek. Utilize our Career Guide  for helpful tips on writing a resume. Once you've created your resume or CV upload it to VMock, our online resume review platform, for instant and personalized feedback with line-by-line suggestions. You can also download a resume template from VMock if you are creating your first resume. Once your resume has been updated, you can meet with Fleishman Center staff for additional feedback. 

2. The 30-Second Commercial. (AKA the Elevator Pitch) is how you will begin conversations with employers. Decide what you want to say and how you want to say it. Tips can be found in our Career Guide or watch these short videos for ideas. If you're struggling with articulating your skills, either on your resume or in person, review the Transferable Skills pages in our Career Guide for help. You can also practice your 30-second commercial using Big Interview, our online interviewing software. Find additional resources on networking here.

3. Have a "game plan"! Job and internship fairs can be overwhelming - in addition to hundreds of attendees, employers frequently bring several representatives. The resulting noise and crowds can be distracting you if you aren't prepared. Review the list of employers attending the fair in hireBING well in advance, educate yourself on who they are and what types of positions they have available, then make a priority list. 

4. Dress appropriately and make a good first impression! When meeting someone for the first time it takes just a few seconds for someone to evaluate you. Opinons are formed based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms and how you are dressed. Review our resources on professionalism here.

5. Update your hireBING account! Many employers will be using hireBING to collect resumes. Login to your account (every matriculated student has access to an account!) and update your profile with current GPA, major and graduation date information, plus upload a current resume. While in there, review job/internship postings - especially from employers attending the fair!

The Fleishman Center hosts several workshops on a variety of topics to help you prepare. Attend any of these programs to enhance your job search strategies and skills. 

For questions or additional help preparing for the fair, you can meet with Fleishman Center staff during walk-in hours or by scheduling an appointment in hireBING. Keep in mind, the Fleishman Center gets very busy in the days leading up to these events. Visit us early to ensure you get the assistance you need! 

If you have questions about any of the Fleishman Centers services, please contact us at careers@binghamton.edu.