​​College of Agriculture Career Fairs

The College of Agriculture hosts a career fair every fall and spring semester. Over 150 companies attend the fall career fair, providing students and alumni with the opportunity to learn about their organizations, submit resumes and interview for permanent or internship positions. 

The Career Fair is not just for graduating seniors, it is also for first year students, sophomores and juniors who are exploring career paths or internship opportunities. The Career Fair is a great way to explore careers, pick-up company information, ask questions, and network with future employers.

The College of Agriculture hosts a career fair and other events every fall and spring semester. 
This year, the College is using Career Fair Plus for all career fairs.  Download the app from App Store or Googleplay.
Students must create a Career Fair Plus account. 


Career Fair Reminders
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs Regarding the Fair and Career Fair Plus)
  • This link includes a short two-minute video and instructions on how to schedule times with employers in Career Fair Plus: Candidate Checklist | Career Fair Plus Help Center . 
  • There are a few employers attending both fairs, but 95% of employers attending each fair are UNIQUE.  So, students will be speaking with different employers when they sign-up for both days.
  • Although students will be able to sign up for additional appointments on the day of the fair, employers are eager to see students sign up for their schedules ahead of time.  Please sign up prior to the fair. 
  • Six Purdue Alums will be participating in the Resume Review by Employers in the Agricultural Industry on Monday.  This service and networking opportunity will occur on a walk-in basis on next Monday. 

Sign-up for Employer Schedules in Career Fair Plus 

Monday, September 20 | starting 7:00 AM

Because we are using Career Fair Plus, registering for the fair is a two-step process. Checklist for Career Fair
First, go to Purdue CCO to register and see employer list.  Next, after you have decided with which employers you want to meet, sign up on their schedules.  In-person Fair Schedules: https://bitly.com/PuAgCF_Fall21A  and Virtual Fair Schedules: https://bitly.com/PuAgCF_Fall21B


COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE FALL 2021 CAREER FAIR - ON CAMPUS

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. | France Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 355 N. Martin Jischke Dr., West Lafayette, IN  47907

"Scrap that Selfie" Have a Professional Headshot Taken

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. | France Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 355 N. Martin Jischke Dr., West Lafayette, IN  47907


COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE FALL 2021 CAREER FAIR - VIRTUAL

Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pmGo to Purdue CCO to register and see employer list.
Some employers are not able to travel to campus this fall.  Join these employers at the virtual fair. Sign up on an employer's schedule in Career Fair Plus starting September 20. 



UPLOAD YOUR RESUME IN THE CENTER FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES​.  This allows companies to review your resume prior to the Career Fair.

Making the Most Out of the Career Fair

Clarify Your Goals!   

What do you want from the Career Fair?
  • To network with professionals?
  • To learn more about specific employers?
  • To research the demand for someone in your field?
  • To make contact with a particular organization?
  • Do you want to line up an on-campus interview?
  • Do you want to land an internship or full-time job?

Research

  • Purdue Career Research Portal
  • Check the list of currently registered employers and target companies of your interest. Research organizations ahead of time.
  • Review an organization's information on their website (A link to the organization's website is provided in the above attending employer list.)
  • 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, in addition to showing your knowledge of the field and interest in the industry.

Preparation

Prepare your commercial - learn to sell yourself in a short amount of time.
  • Decide how you will introduce yourself in 30 seconds.
  • Greet the recruiter with a firm handshake stating your name, major, graduation date and why you are attending the Career Fair.
  • Present your resume – bring copies of your resume detailing your education, experience, skills and campus/community activities concisely. Employers recommend visiting with a CCO staff member at their office to have your resume critiqued.
  • Be prepared to briefly describe your background and what you are looking for.
  • Be prepared to relate your education/experience/skills to the employer's needs.
  • Rehearse your commercial with a friend or advisor.

Dress for Success

Last Minute Tips

  • Show up early! Some employers may have to leave the fair early.
  • Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour to attend the fair and speak with recruiters. Lines may be long to speak with some recruiters, so be prepared to wait.
  • Strategize! If you have ranked your goals for attending the career fair, then you can plan for long lines or absent employers. 

The Main Event!

Act professionally and courteously.
  • Be confident, enthusiastic and polite (remember courtesy and professionalism are expected and appreciated).
  • Ask questions as needed. Base the questions on your research of the organization.
  • Listen and pay attention to what the recruiter is saying. This information may benefit you greatly if you receive an interview – ask good questions.
  • Do not monopolize an employer's time, know when to move on if there is a line of students waiting.
  • Cover letters are not necessary when you give out your resume in person.  Be prepared to give a list of references or a copy of your transcript.
  • Collect business cards and ask who the contact person is.
  • Make notes about what you talked about with each representative; use this information in follow-up letters.
  • Send thank-you letters to employers within one week after your visit or interview.

Check List of Things to Bring

  • Portfolio or large capacity folder to carry your resumes, pens, notepads, etc.
  • 30-40+ copies of your resume on professional resume paper (preferably white or ivory).
  • A notepad and pen for taking notes after meeting with each recruiter.
  • Business Cards – It may be helpful to print business cards to present to employers.  Print and Digital Services at Purdue University can print business cards. Contact them for details on how they can help.
  • Prepare or order a professional name badge.  Name badges can be ordered through the Agribusiness Club. If interested contact Andy Oppy at aoppy@purdue.edu.

Questions

Questions may be directed to Lela Mixon at lmixon@boilerconnect.purdue.edu 

Purdue Career Fairs
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