6 Career Fair Myths Debunked

Myth#1: Career Fairs are just for business and tech students.

There are over 50 companies that are interested in hiring students outside of the above majors including 1. AT&T 2. Microsoft Corporation 3. News America Marketing 4. TJX Companies, Inc. 5. U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Myth #2: Career Fairs are just for seniors.

As of today, there are over 450 companies attending the Career Fair that are interested in hiring co-ops & interns. Here’s a sample: 1. Alcatel-Lucent 2. Boston Scientific Corporation 3. IBM 4. Liberty Mutual 5. Partners HealthCare

Myth #3: I’m graduating in May. I’ve got plenty of time to look for a job.

Not necessarily! Students are finding that looking for a full-time job takes up to 4 to 6 months.  So why are you waiting?  Start your job search now and start connecting with employers. This is a valuable way to ask for informational interviews which may lead to meeting more people and could help you get a job offer.

Myth #4: The recruiter couldn’t take my resume. What a waste of time!

Federal regulations may prevent some employers from accepting students’ resumes at Career Fairs. If a recruiter is unable to accept your resume, give them your business card (yes, have custom business cards printed with your contact information)!

Myth #5: Who goes to Career Fairs anymore?

In a recent national survey taken by Universum, students ranked attending a Career Fair in their top 3 ways of having face time with employers.

Myth #6: I don’t have time to prepare and don’t even know what I would say to an employer!

Let Career Development help you!

 Attend the Career Fair Success Tips workshops to hear from employers what you can do to make the most of the event.  Visit Career Development (Stearns Center, first floor) during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm) to have your resume critiqued. Visit the Career Fairs page to access a current list of events and students most frequently asked questions.
In addition, print "Career Fair Success Tips 2016" to navigate and prepare for upcoming career fairs.