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Career Week Events

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

ESF: Graduate and Professional School Fair 11 a.m. - 2p.m., ESF Gateway Center
Student Veteran & Employer Meet-n-Greet 
5 - 7 p.m., Faegan's Cafe & Pub

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Engineering & iSchool Career Fair 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Carrier Dome
Whitman Career Fair 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Carrier Dome
Whitman Graduate Connections 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Carrier Dome, Club 4.4

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Coffee Chat with Economics Majors 9:30 - 11 a.m., 220 Eggers Hall
Law School Information Fair 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Schine Student Center, Panasci Lounge
Graduate School Information Fair 5 - 7 p.m., Schine Student Center, Panasci Lounge

Visit https://syr-csm.symplicity.com/events/ to see which employers are registered for each event.


What to Expect

  • Career Fairs during the week will all be a pretty similar style, employers will be hosting a table with information about their organization and hiring needs.  
  • You will circulate around the space stopping at tables to speak with company reps, asking questions, and if you are actively job seeking, dropping off a resume.  Think of it as an opportunity to network with representatives and to learn more about companies and positions.
  • Career Fairs are not just for active job seekers, it is a great time to learn about internships and jobs you will be looking for in the future.

Before the Fair: Research & Preparation


At the Fair: Presence & Pitch

Dress for the event

  • Wear ironed khakis with a button up shirt and tie or sweater.
  • Wear dress pants or skirt with a button up shirt or sweater.
  • No sneakers, sweatpants, leggings or jeans, you are talking with potential employers not a new bestie.

Have your Intro Ready

  • You want to be able to articulate what you do and what you WANT to do in 60 seconds or less. This isn’t a sales pitch, but an introduction.
  • Focus on 2-3 professional skills, accomplishments and/or personal qualities you possess.
  • This is like everything else; the people who are prepared do the best so practice, practice, practice!

Working the Room - Actually Talking to Employers

  • Focus on expressing curiosity and asking questions, not just trying to get your pitch out. By demonstrating curiosity and interest in the company, you will get more time in front of the employer and might show more interest than if you just walk up and start a formal pitch. 
  • Incorporate the research you have done into your conversations.
  • Key Company Information Questions: 
    • Are there specific career tracks within the organization? 
    • What is your organization's culture like?
    • How long does the typical employee stay with the company?
    • Are there opportunities for ongoing training through your organization?
  • Recruiter Information Questions: 
    • What made you choose this company and why do you stay?
    • How long have you been with the company?
    • What's the one thing that most surprised you about this company?
  • Don't forget to get business cards so you can follow up!

Bonus Tips

  • Talk to companies that you are curious about, and not just the famous ones you’ve heard of. Many companies hire for jobs that you are qualified for, regardless of what the primary business of the company is. For instance, an insurance company might still want someone in IT and not just sales, and an IT company might want a salesperson. 
  • Always Be Positive.
  • Smile! 
  • International students: there are lots of employers who might sponsor for the right person, if you make a good pitch! Don't limit yourself to only a couple of places where you know that they will sponsor.

After the Fair: Follow-up & Follow-through

  • Put those business cards you collected to work and send thank you message(s) after the event.  
  • Apply!  More likely than not you were encouraged to apply via OrangeLink or via the company website, so the final step is to get your resume and cover letter ready and hit the apply button.