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Looking for Post-Grad Jobs? This is How You Can Stand Out at Your Next Career Fair

March 12, 2018

Spring term has arrived, which means many college students are perusing job boards for summer internships and jobs. For college seniors, this can be an intense time of networking, job applications, and job interviews.

Feeling stuck in the student job search? Consider attending a college career fair. You never know who you’ll meet! Here’s a few tips that can help you stand out.

Do Your Homework

Know who will be present at the fair. Make a list of companies you don’t want to miss and plan time to meet with each. Once you know who will be there, do some research on the companies themselves including:

  • Background and main offerings
  • Positions you’re interested in
  • If possible, the employees who will be representing the companies

Showing up as a prepared job seeker can create a better chance of being remembered by recruiters.

Dress For Success

You’ve probably heard it said before—dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Career fair attire can vary depending on your desired field. Going for a role in finance or accounting? Consider a dark suit. Sales and marketing positions might offer wiggle room, but you’ll still want to dress in smart business attire.

Trade Resumes for Business Cards

Like at weddings and parties, guests should be able to take something home. Give recruiters a resume that they can revisit later. Attendees should also request a business card if not already provided, which takes us to our final tip for standing out at career fairs: following up.

Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up

At the very least, send a personalized email to each of the recruiters you met. They already have your face matched with your name and resume but will meet many candidates throughout the day; a follow-up thank you is just icing on the cake.

Start A Career at Pacific Office Automation


This spring, you can find our recruiters at many college career fairs across the West Coast, including:

  • University of Washington Spring & Summer Fairs
  • Washington State University Networking Night
  • Gonzaga University – Portland & Seattle Trek Fairs
  • Oregon State University Career Fair
  • Portland State University Business School Career Fair
  • University of Oregon Career Fair
  • Arizona State University Career Fair
  • University of Arizona Career Fair
  • First Avenue Career Fair (Lewis & Clark College, Linfield University, Pacific University, University of Portland, Willamette University)
  • And many more!

Be sure to stop by our booth and talk to us! Can’t make it or want more info? Find details about POA careers on our website, where we also list our current openings. Good luck out there, job seekers!

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