Know before you go: ASU Career and Internship Fair


 The ASU Career and Internship Fair is Feb. 25 and Feb 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Before go-time, we’ll be here to help you prepare as much as possible. Start with our checklist on what you need to know, including the top things to add to your to-do list in the days before the fair. 

Check the guest list.

This career and internship fair is a who’s who of employers from around the country and the world. Take a look at the list of employers who have confirmed they are attending, and check out the positions they are hiring for and what type of work they do.

Make a list of the employers who interest you and plan to talk to the recruiter when you’re at the fair. You can even tailor a resume to the company or come up with specific questions for them (more on this below).  

Perfect your pitch.

A must-do before the fair is working on your elevator pitch — a short spiel about yourself, your experience, your skills and what you’re looking for in a job or internship. ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services offers drop-in advising hours where you can work on your pitch with a career center expert. Or practice your pitch on friends, roommates or even someone you meet in an elevator. 

Get quizzical.

Whether you’ve identified specific employers you want to talk to or not, it’s good to have prepared questions you can use for any booth you drop by at the fair. Check out our list of the top five questions to ask at the career fair for some ideas to get you started. 

For the companies you identified as your must-see employers, plan out questions more specific to their industry or the positions they’re hiring for. Ask for details about their hiring process and what successful students have done in the past to get hired. And don’t forget to hand them a resume.

Prepare your materials.

Your resume is going to be like your business card at the fair, so we recommend making sure it’s at its best. Schedule an appointment at the career center for a thorough review or send it in online through the resume dropbox. You can also run your resume by the writing center to ensure everything is grammatically correct, or to help if you’re struggling with any written sections.

If you’re not sure what to wear, we recommend dressing in business casual attire. Here are our tips for dressing professionally on a budget.

Prepare yourself.

Now it’s time to get yourself in the right mindset for the fair. Take some time to relax before you jump in. It’s a big one, and there’s a lot to see, so making sure you’re emotionally prepared should be a priority. We recommend boosting your energy level right before the fair by jamming to an upbeat playlist, trying out some power poses or doing your favorite hype routine.

Let us know if you have any questions about the Career and Internship Fair, or show us what you’re doing to prepare. Keep an eye on our Instagram during the event for coverage and tips to help you rock the career fair. 

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