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Get the most out of your career fair experience.


Before the Fair

  • Watch these great videos

  • Update your résumé

    • Use VMock Smart Resume to receive instant personalized feedback on your resume based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices
    • Need help? Make an appointment with a career advisor
    • Make several copies of your updated résumé before Career Fair.
  • Update your Handshake profile

    • Update your major (this will ensure your name tag prints what you want and not Undecided or Pre-Business undeclared)
    • Students who complete their Handshake profile are 5 times more likely to be messaged by employers.
    • Upload your resume and make your profile public.  
    • Remember to add work experience and organizations, too.
    • Download Handshake Mobile to view employers on your mobile device
  • Prepare your Elevator Pitch

  • Research Companies

    • Favorite companies in Handshake.
    • Review companies attending the fair on Handshake – Events – search Career Fair you will be attending – View all Employers
    • Pick the companies you want to visit. Study their company website or LinkedIn page.
    • Take notes and prepare questions to ask recruiters. (“What do you like most about working at ABC Company?”)
  • Plan your professional dress wardrobe

    • Visit the Career Closet – Student Success Center Suite 125 for four FREE items of professional dress each semester!



During the Fair

  • Prioritize the companies your want to visit.
  • While you’re waiting in line, study your notes and questions for the company.
  • Greet employers with a smile, an acceptable handshake, and your elevator pitch.
  • Ask questions to engage in conversations.
  • When talking to a company rep, highlight key points on résumé.
  • Ask the representative for a business card or their contact information.
  • Thank the recruiter for their time.
  • After you walk away, make notes about your conversation for follow-up after the fair.

After the Fair

  • Make sure your voicemail is professional.
  • Check your phone messages and email.
  • Follow-up with a thank you message within 48 hours of the fair.
  • Look for other opportunities to network with the employer on campus.
    • Future Career Fairs
    • Visits with student organizations

Career & Professional Development

(920) 424-2181

Student Success Center, Suite 125
750 Elmwood Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Oshkosh Campus

  • M–Th: 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • F: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Fond du Lac and Fox Cities Campus Solution Centers

  • Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Services only offered when classes are in session