Reverse Career Fair Preparation

Written by Andrew Morin

This post is going to go over how you should prepare for the Career Services and Employer Relations Office’s bi-annual Reverse Career Fair.  What’s a reverse career fair?  Why, what a phenomenal question, old sport.  A reverse career fair is, as you may have guessed at this point, the opposite of a traditional career fair.  At this funky, futuristic, space-age, hip reverse career fair, YOU will sit behind the table and employers will come to YOU.  (The caps-lock on the you should not intimidate you, but instead express how much better it is; the pressure is on them).


Some things to get in order before the fair:

  • Your Experience

    • Examples
      • Get your best work together, academic and personal, to showcase to employers and build a relevant network for yourself.  This is one of your best opportunities to shine.
    • Resume
      • Have your resume polished to impress employers.
    • Get comfortable talking about yourself and your skills
      • Practice makes everything easier.  Get thinking about your transferable skills.  Taking part in this fair shows that you are a leader, by nature of the fair.  Show off these leadership skills and qualities, as well as your professional skills.
  • Stop by the CSER Office

    • Room 412 in the McCarthy Center.  A Career Counselor would love to look at what you are going to present to employers at the Reverse Career Fair.  They will give guidance and insight to further refine your presentation and presenting ability, as well as endlessly help with your resume.
  • Register

    • Click Here to Register
    • Registration is required but easy.  Register by yourself, or as a team or club at the link above.  There’s two different time slots: 12:00pm to 1:30pm, and 1:30pm to 3:00pm; pick whichever fits with your schedule best.

Once you have those essentials squared away, here’s some additional tips:

  • Dress the Part

    • Dress professionally so employers see you as a professional at first glance. Don’t overlook the power of appearance!  Even business casual versus sloppy casual makes a huge difference and may just give you an advantage over others.
  • Get Creative

    • Make a unique poster or an eye-catching slide show.  (Pro tip: the CSER office might give you a poster board if you ask nicely.)  Draw employers to your table. This is a way to standout from everyone else and show what you’ve got.showmewhatyougot                                          (http://i.imgur.com/dmNiHMQ.png)
  • Don’t Forget to Smile

    • REALLY DON’T!  This is all about networking, so smile, smile, smile; you never know who will be around.  Always stay positive.  It helps increase your confidence (even if you don’t feel it).

Save the date: Friday, April 7, 2017 in the McCarthy Center Forum

Employers range from ad agencies and marketing firms to management, I.T. and sales. There is something to accommodate everyone, so sign up and make some connections. Well, what if none of the employers are relevant to me?  Sign up anyway for the practice, plus the chance to meet someone who knows someone.

If you keep all this in mind, you should leave the bi-annual Reverse Career Fair with some great experience and maybe even some new contacts and opportunities.