Career & Job Fairs

Fall Job Fair

Each fall, Vocation & Professional Development hosts an on-campus, part-time job fair for students who are looking for work near campus or in Austin, while in school. This job fair is usually held in September on a weekday in the late afternoon.

Spring Career Fair

Vocation & Professional Development also hosts an on-campus Career Fair each spring. Employers from around Austin attend, seeking applicants for internships, full-time, and part-time jobs. All students are encouraged to attend to learn about the job market and to practice networking skills.

Job Fair 2020 / Career Fair 2021

Date / Time: TBD
Cedel Hall, Lower Level Atrium


Students: Prepare for Career Fair

  • Resume: Update your resume (bring several copies with you).
  • 1 minute intro: Prepare a brief introduction about yourself.
  • Dress for success: Plan ahead. Dress business casual or professional.
  • Prepare questions: Research participating employers. Prepare questions to ask recruiters.
  • Follow up: Send thank you notes within 48 hours.

Career & Job Fair Guidelines

Career Fair Tips

Introduction to Career Fairs

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Resume Tips
Introducing Yourself

Elements of a 1-minute intro:

  1. I AM ... a junior majoring in English who will graduate in (month/year).
  2. I HAVE ... experience/knowledge, expertise/interest in ....
  3. I AM LOOKING FOR ... career/internship/volunteer opportunity/information/advice in ....

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Remember to:

  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Give a firm handshake.
  • Engage in the conversation (don't be walking away, on your phone, or looking around). Focus on the person in front of you.
  • Ask questions.
Dress for Success

When you are clean, polished, neat, and dressed for the occasion, your posture lifts, you are poised, and you walk and talk with a heightened sense of confidence. Check out these guidelines for dressing to impress on a budget.

Women's Business Formal vs. Casual   


Men's Business Formal vs. Casual 

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Dress on a Budget Guide
Questions for Recruiters

Questions students should ask recruiters:

  1. What are some career opportunities for my major at your company?
  2. What are some of the entry level positions for someone with a degree/interest in...?
  3. What are qualifications for jobs in this field?
  4. Does the company offer internships?
  5. What is a typical day for someone working as a (duck breeder) at your company?
  6. What are the characteristics of the most successful employees at your company?
  7. What do you like most about working for your company?
  8. What is the company culture and management style at your company?
  9. What kind of training do you offer?
  10. How should I follow up with you and when?
Follow Up

Want to be remembered? Collect the recruiter's business card to send a follow-up email and a hand-written thank you card within 48 hours after meeting key recruiters or employers. Tips for follow-up include:

  1. Thank the recruiter for speaking with you.
  2. Mention which fair they attended where you met.
  3. Mention the positions you are interested in (if any).
  4. State something specific that the two of you discussed.

If you are a senior interested in a specific position, state your interest for an interview and that you will be in contact within the week to schedule one.

Example Follow Up


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