Reasons to Attend
- Networking Opportunities
- Many of the employers that attend the FNR Career Fair will be alumni of FNR; this is a great opportunity to ask questions about career path, choices, recommendations for skills that are important to gain while still at Purdue or as a recent graduate.
- Employers in your major area are willing to assist you and provide career advice and talk about specific openings with their employer.
- Watch and read What is Networking? to learn more about this critical process.
- Learn more about specific employers and career choices.
- Make contacts with a particular organization.
Do Your Research
- Check the list of Employers Attending the FNR Career Fair on the main page then research the employers before the career fair. Review information on the employer website and look for current articles about the employer.
- Create a list and prioritize the organizations you are most interested in and visit their booths first.
- Prepare questions to ask that will help you obtain the information you need.
- Find tips on Conducting Company Research to be better prepared for the FNR Career Fair.
How to Prepare
- Read the résumé section in the The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) Handbook for instruction on how to create a résumé.
- Create a résumé and have it reviewed.
- To make an appointment with Shelly Opperman, FNR Career Services, call theFNR Office of Student Services (OSS) 765-494-3691.
- The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) provides walk-in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday in Young Hall, Room 132. CCO also provides online resources assist with résumé preparation.
- Remember, not every employer will take your résumé; some may ask that you apply online. You can always seek the advice of an employer about what skills or qualities would be an additional benefit to add to your experiences.
- Prepare a brief introduction that includes your name, your major, expected graduation or year, what type of position you are seeking, and a question.
- Be prepared to relate your education/experience/skills to the employer's needs.
- Rehearse your introduction with a friend or advisor.
- Plan to be at the fair for at least one hour; give yourself time to talk to employers and wait in lines if there are many students waiting for the same employer.
- Take notes about who you talked with and what you talked about with each representative.
- Read page 41 of the CCO Handbook, Make the Most of a Career Fair, for additional pointers.
What to Bring / What to Wear / What to Do
- Purchase a nice portfolio (FNR Student Council sells a nice portfolio in the OSS) to carry your résumés, pen, notepad. It also provides a place to hold business cards, brochures and take notes after talking with an employer.
- Bring 10-15 copies of your résumé.
When dressing for the FNR Career Fair error on the side of dressing conservatively; wear minimal accessories and watch the quantity of perfume/cologne you apply.
- For women: nice dress pants or a skirt with a blouse or nice dressy top with dress shoes.
- For men: nice dress slacks with a collared shirt with dress shoes.
- Show up early! Some employers pack up and leave the fair early.
- Greet the employer with a firm handshake and your introduction.
After the FNR Career Fair
- Send follow-up correspondence (this could be an email, letter, or hand written note) within 24 hours.
- Call to request additional information about job opportunities.
- Apply for the job opportunities that you discussed during the FNR Career Fair.