At the Fair

University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair

1. Start on the right foot

  • Arrive early to ensure you have time to visit your top organizations
  • Wear business formal attire and comfortable shoes
  • Stay focused by turning your phone on silent
  • Get your free professional headshot photo taken to use on LinkedIn and other social media

2. Communicate effectively with employers

  • Employers are excited to meet with you! Show enthusiasm and positive body language (smiling, head nodding, open stance, eye contact) when you approach the organization's representatives.
  • Introduce yourself using the "personal commercial" or "elevator speech" you created and be prepared to give the employer your resume.
  • It is common that employers will greet you by offering a handshake. Some alternatives to a handshake are nodding your head or a small wave.
  • Be positive and confident in what you have to offer the employer.
  • Be clear and concise. You have limited time with each employer.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the field/organization and relate your skills, interests, strengths, and experiences to the specific needs of the employer.
  • Highlight your relevant experiences including work, internships, volunteer, and leadership.
  • Be responsive to questions asked by the organization's representatives and engage further with employers by asking the questions you prepared.

3. Prepare for follow-up

  • Take notes on your conversations including details on how to follow-up with the employer.
  • Ask for the employer's business card so that you have their contact information.

Please note: Mothers' rooms are available for students and employers. Please see the employer registration desk at the event for locations and access codes.