The UA Alumni Career Lab has put together a list of alumni-only career fairs and some advice on how to rock them, to help you get going on your job search this summer. Whether you’re looking for your first job or just interested in what’s out there, these career fairs are for you.
HIRENYC | MAY 11
If you are a Wildcat currently in NYC or will be visiting soon - you should check out this alumni-only career fair from HireTalent. You never know, you might make a connection there and open a door or two before the summer even gets going.
PAC-12 VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR | MAY 25
This virtual career fair is the perfect opportunity to connect with employers all of the country without the hassle of travel. Over 50 employers will be online and ready to chat with you about opportunities. Just make sure you have your resume updated and ready to go (you’ll have to upload it before the fair starts.)
ARIZONA’S CAREER MIXER | JUNE 2
If you’re in Tucson, this career fair is only a drive away, and if you’re in Phoenix (like 50,000 other UA alumni), you’re already there. Employers from a variety of industries will be in Scottsdale to connect with UA, ASU and NAU alumni. What makes this event unique is the mixer-style format – which means less standing in line and preparing your elevator speech, and more open conversations about how well you fit with the company.
HIRE DENVER | JUNE 16
If you’re a Wildcat in the Denver area or are thinking of moving there – you need to attend this career fair. Over 80 companies will be there to fill positions in marketing, healthcare, technology, sales, education and more.
HIRE CHICAGO | OCTOBER 27
Registration page and list of employers coming soon - follow @HireACat for updates!
Some helpful advice.
Research: get to know the employers.
A very nice feature about career fairs is the ability to see who’s coming. Use the list of attending employers to narrow down who you want to talk to. You’re not going to be able to meet and talk to every employer, so having a short list of top companies will really help you make the most of your time there. Start by making a list of employers in industries you are interested in, then take that list and dig deeper. Find out as much about them as you can to get a sense of how you would fit in there and use that information to ask the recruiter engaging questions.
Attire: keep it professional.
At a career fair you want to look employable, and nothing says that better than business professional attire. Here are some brief guidelines on how to dress appropriately.
- Suit jacket or business dress.
- Suit pants or a skirt/dress that extends to the knee.
- Wear low heels.
- Stick to solid, neutral colors like gray or navy.
- Always wear suit pants or nice trousers.
- Stick to dress shoes, preferably oxfords.
Other helpful ideas:
- When in doubt – keep it conservative.
- Always make sure you outfit is wrinkle free.
- Perfume/cologne should be used modestly (seriously).
Resumes: make them personal.
Customizing your resume is one of the most important things you can do to stand out. However, customizing your resume for 50 different employers is probably not the best use of your time. Remember the tip about making a short list of employers you like? Use it. Edit your resume so it relates to the industries of the companies you are interested in and you will already be ahead of the pack.
See a career coach; they can help.
That’s right, see a career coach if you have the time. Recent UA graduates have free access to UA Career Services career coaches up to one year out of school. They can help you with your resume, show you how to explain your skills to employers, and a lot more. If you haven’t just graduated, don’t fret, all UA alumni receive discounts on professional career coaches. Check them out here.