Career Fair

Day of the fair

Dress for success

Dress as if you were going to a job interview. You want to present the best image possible. Jeans and other casual clothing are not appropriate. Avoid excessive makeup, jewelry and perfume. You will only have a few minutes to make an impression on each employer, and positive first impressions are critical.

Be flexible

Arrive early and have a strategy, but keep your options and your mind open. Lines will be longer for some employers than they will be for others. Ask yourself if your time would be better spent visiting with six different companies or standing in line for one.

Explore offerings

Don't limit your opportunities due to lack of information or effort. Walk through the entire SCAD Career Fair and make contact with all the participating organizations to learn more about them and what they have to offer.

Make an impression

Introduce yourself to company representatives in a positive and confident manner; offer a firm handshake. Include your name, degree, major and the year you are graduating from SCAD.

Have a plan

You will not have a lot of time with each prospective employer; don't waste it. Get to the point and know what you want to say or ask. For example:

  • Discuss a particular career or job with that organization.
  • Ask about common career paths within an organization.
  • Discuss internship or summer job opportunities.
  • Ask about training for new hires.
  • Present your résumé and be prepared to discuss your background, qualifications and career goals.
  • Ask what you should do to apply for a position with them.

Exchange info

Make sure to give your business card and ask for the business card of the people you meet. Collect literature about the company if available. Ask the representatives when you can expect to hear back from them.

Take notes

After each booth visit, take a moment to write a quick note about your visit. Write down your thoughts about the company and the person you met with, how you think you did and what you could have done better. If you said you would do something, make a note of it so you don't forget.