|The Career Center facilitates and promotes a number of career fairs throughout both the academic year and summer months. As a result of strong and consistent memberships and affiliations with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Western New York Association of College Career Centers (WNYACCC), your SBU Career and Professional Readiness Center is constantly updating the Career Fair calendar with both regional, national and virtual international career-related events!
These events provide students and alumni the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from various employers from around the WNY region and country. Career Fairs on not just for those seeking internships and employment. These venues are the perfect time to find out more about a particular field of study, career opportunities in it, and how to build experiences to become a viable candidate in the job market..
For the dates, times, and locations for upcoming career fairs,
please check our Career Fair Calendar
Remember to attend the CPRC's own:
Quick Career Fair Tips
Preparing for and making the most of a career fair...
- Obtain a list of the participating organizations prior to the day of the event in order to research more about them.
- Polish your resume and prepare 15 to 20 copies on quality paper to hand out.
- Develop questions for each organization with which you plan to speak.
- When offered, attend "Navigating the Career Fair" workshop hosted by the Career Center.
- Polish your shoes and prepare a nice outfit to wear.
- Prepare your "30 second" pitch to introduce yourself to employers (in addition to your name, consider telling them where you're from, what you've been studying, and what type of opportunities you are looking for).
- A good opening line might be as simple as, "Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to come to speak with us. We really appreciate it." A little courtesy can go a long way.
Questions to ask employer representatives...
- "I have done some preliminary research about your organization. Can you tell me more about the types of opportunities for which you recruit college graduates?"
- "What can you tell me about your hiring process?"
- "What types of candidates are you seeking?"
- "How would you describe your organization's culture? In essence, what is it like to work there?"
- "For the position you just described to me, can you tell me what a typical day might look like?"
- "What type of training does your organization provide?"
- "Would you be willing to review my resume and tell me where, in your organizational structure, someone with my qualifications might fit in?"
- "After today's event, what is your recruiting timetable and what is the best way for me to keep in touch with you?"