Career Fair Prep

The Schey Career Fair is on September 19th and before you know it, it will be time to show our partners what you’ve got. Whether you are in the market for an internship or a full-time job, there is work to be done before you walk through the doors of Nelson Commons.

  1. Resume

If you had an internship over the summer and you haven’t already updated your resume, it’s time to get that done.

After you get that done, you’ll need to send your resume to A Graduate Assistant of ours will follow up with you and, if need be, ask you to come in and speak with them so you can go over your resume together and perfect it. After you make the necessary changes and send it back in, we’ll keep your resume in our Schey resume database.

You may also want to think about using actual resume paper. It’s thicker than normal copy paper and it can help you stand out from the rest. It’s available at places like the College Book Store or Follet’s.

  1. LinkedIn

Some students overlook the importance of an updated LinkedIn profile. DON’T BE LIKE THEM. Recruiters love LinkedIn! Your resume only gives so much information about you and your LinkedIn profile let’s them do more digging so get online and update it!

  1. Elevator Pitch

How else are you going to make a good impression on a recruiter if you don’t have your elevator pitch? It’s a great opportunity to introduce yourself and let them know what you are looking for.

Here is a great example. Jackie Andrascik is our Director of Toastmasters and knows how it is done.

“Hi I’m Jackie Andrascik,

I’m a motivated and detail oriented self-starter who is passionate about sales and analytics in the technology, chemistry, and SaaS fields.

As a freshman, I had an internship in account management at a SaaS company where I managed accounts worth over $2,000,000 total and I also organized a company-wide diversity event across 7 different locations where we raised over $1,200 for a local charity.”

Need more help? Come to our weekly Toastmasters meetings on Thursdays at 6 in Copeland 104. There is no better group of people to help you nail that elevator pitch.

  1. Business Professional

Looks aren’t everything but when it comes to your attire, recruiters notice. Check out this great example from The Frontier Group.

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If you don’t own any clothing articles that could pass for business professional, check out the Athens mall. There are a few stores there that definitely have what you need.

  1. Research

If you think that you can just walk into the career fair without doing any prior research on the companies in attendance, you are in for a rough time. Luckily, you have numerous resources to help you gain some knowledge.

Start with their website and their social media accounts. Companies create unique messages through each and it is extremely important that you understand that message.

Our very own Allie Statler is probably your best resource. She is the one who gets the know each company before they become partners. So drop her a message or come see her in the office!


Make sure you check every item off this list before the career fair. Don’t overlook the importance of these things. We are here to help you succeed and we have the tools to do so – so use them!



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