PREPARE FOR THE FAIR SESSIONS
These sessions will help you learn more about the CF+ app and how to successfully navigate the career fair.
In Person: 278 MSC, Career Services Suite
Virtual Zoom: A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before your session.
Get your resume ready for the UMSL Fall Internship & Job Fair
Send your resume to: email@example.com for a review between the dates of: Monday August 21 through Wednesday September 13 @ 12pm.
A Career Counselor will review your resume and have it back to you within two working days.
UTILIZE CAREER FAIR PLUS TO NAVIGATE FAIR
Download the Career Fair Plus (CF+) app. Plan your day utilizing the interactive map to help you navigate a successful fair. (hyperlink is smart link to our specific event on CFP)
PRACTICE POWER INTRODUCTION
Create a smooth start to your conversations with employers by using your prepared “elevator pitch” introduction summarizing your professional background, skills, and interests. Click here to view a video on how to create an elevator pitch.
LOOK THE PART
Be sure to wear professional business attire to the fair. View a video on interview dress.
A resume that is polished along with your conversation with the employer is pivotal to career fair success. Career Services can assist you in creating a well-written, error-free resume. Avoid waiting until the last minute to polish your resume.
Utilize Handshake to view and research employer; visit their website, view peer reviews of employers, and much more. This will help you ask engaging questions when meeting with employers during the fair. Click here to view a video detailing how to best research employers.
In determining companies of interest, be open-minded. Do not solely concentrate on “big names” or large organizations. There are often great opportunities with companies with which you are not familiar. Explore every possible avenue.
ASK QUESTIONS AND FOLLOW-UP
The time you have with a recruiter will be brief. In closing your conversation, be sure to learn the next step and inquire how to follow up. You can use this information to follow up with a short thank you letter or email thanking the employer for the introduction to their organization and to initiate contact with another representative if applicable.
Do not be surprised if the employer asks you to go online to complete an application and/or submit a resume again. Due to employment laws and/or the sheer volume of resumes employers receive, applying online is quite common. For some employers, every candidate— even an internal one--must apply online.
WE HAVE A SELFIE STATION
Visit the UMSL Career Services Selfie Station, located in 278 MSC to use your phone to take a head shot. We have a ring light and backdrop to capture you at your most professional.