Fall 2020
Virtual Event

Preparing for the Fair

There are a lot of things that you can do to prepare for meeting a potential employer. Here are a few suggestions.

Before you go to the Fair, make sure that you:

  • Visit your career centre for assistance in preparing for the Fair (get help with your resumé, attend a workshop or learn about other services available). 
  • Download the Career Fair App to research participating employers, 'favourite' the ones you want to visit, and learn more about the Fair. Employer profiles are also available online and in the print Guidebook availalbe at your career centre. 
  • Decide on employers whom you want to target when at the Fair (you won't be able to talk to them all!).
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the employers.

When you go to the Fair, make sure that you:

  • Dress and conduct yourself professionally.
  • Exude enthusiasm and self-confidence.
  • Stay positive!
What to expect at the Fair:
  • When you arrive you will be directed to swipe in with reps from your school, have your student/alumni ID ready. When entering the event space you will be given a floor plan with a list of employers sorted by the type of roles they are recruiting for and a print Guidebook if you do not already have one.
  • Career and Job Fairs can get quite busy, be prepared to wait to speak with some employers. Career Consultants will be available if you have a quick question or if you need support. 
  • Some employers will direct you to submit your application online while others will accept resumés at the event, be prepared for both. 
  • Photocopy facilities are not available onsite.
  • RIM Park will have a concession stand open if you require food or drink.

Take advantage of this opportunity to obtain first-hand information about careers which interest you. Consider asking the following questions:

  • What are the main soft and technical skills that your organization looks for in a new hire?
  • What type of person succeeds in your organization?
  • Are there internship or co-op opportunities in this field?
  • What disciplines do you typically hire from?
  • What duties and responsibilities does this position entail?
  • What kind of relevant 'work/volunteer/extra-curricular' experience is considered for employment with your organization?
  • Does your organization support internal and external training and development?
  • What criteria does your organization use to assess candidates during an interview?
  • Are there any professional networking opportunities that you would recommend?
  • Are there individuals in your organization who would be willing to discuss their careers in more detail with me?
  • What advice do you have for university or college students/graduates regarding their job search?
  • For contract, summer, co-op and part-time jobs what are the terms of employment for these positions; hours of work, length of employment, location and compensation?
  • How would you describe the culture of your organization?

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