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Job Fair Preparation & Tips

According to recent career outcomes data, UT students who attended job fairs had a higher chance of getting job offers AND accepted higher salaries than students who did not attend a job fair. Preparing for a job fair ahead of time will ensure a successful experience and outcome. This page demonstrates how to prepare for and navigate a job fair, and shares steps for following up after a job fair to ensure an enjoyable and successful experience.

Check out upcoming job fairs on Handshake.


  • Research employers attending the fair on Handshake. Learn about positions the employer is hiring for, qualities they look for in candidates, and general company information
  • Create a list of questions you might want to ask employers
  • Have your resume reviewed and print several copies on resume paper. Check out our resume drop in hours here
  • Update your Handshake and LinkedIn accounts. Employers might want to connect with you after meeting!
  • Practice your elevator pitch. What do you want employers to know about you?
  • Pick out your business casual or business professional outfit


  • Check in when your arrive and make a nametag
  • Plan your course of action my reviewing a map or employer locations; find the employers you want to talk to first
  • Take a lap around the fair and ease into it
  • Introduce yourself with confidence and authenticity- employers are here to meet YOU!
  • Provide your resume, ask any questions you may have, and actively listen to the recruiter
  • Stay organized- jot down notes, recruiter names, and/or follow up instructions
  • Obtain business cards if applicable
  • Maintain an open mind. Consider chatting with employers you may not have originally planned to- you never know what opportunities you will find!


  • Send a thank you email or LinkedIn message to recruiters from your target companies
  • Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn
  • Apply for positions according to instructions that were given
  • Add any interviews to your calendar and confirm details like location and time

Virtual Job Fairs

Complete the same steps listed above for attending a virtual job fair. Below are some things to consider:

  • Make sure the space in your background is clean and clutter free or use a virtual background
  • Sign up to meet with employers before the fair begins on Handshake
  • Check out Handshake’s 10 tips for attending a virtual job fair