Prepare for the Fair

Not Sure Where to Start?

Visit mica.edu/career-development for resources on creating a resume, website, business cards, how to research employers, and more.

What is the Fair?

  • Annual networking and job fair for MICA students and alumni.
  • Meet with 60+ companies representing a range of industries and majors.
  • Employers can review your resume, portfolio, and conduct informational interviews.

Why Attend?

  • Meet people! Also known as networking.
  • Explore internship, part time, and full time opportunities.  
  • Receive professional feedback on your work.
  • Get a free professional headshot.  
  • Maybe get an offer! Previous fairs have resulted in job and internship hires.

How to Prepare/What to Bring 

  1. Research attending employers; understand their work, mission, and what they’re hiring for.  
  2. Curate your portfolio for each employer and save a presentation of your work to your laptop or tablet. Do not rely on wifi!
  3. Prep your resume and online presence (bring 10+ resume copies to the fair).  
  4. Create business cards/takeaways (bring 20+ to the fair).
  5. Prepare a short introduction of yourself that connects your skills and interests with the company’s work.
  6. Prepare thoughtful questions to ask each employer about their organization and what they are looking for in potential candidates.  
  7. Practice interviewing with a friend or schedule a mock interview with a Peer Career Advisor.  
  8. Get your clean, professional outfit ready to wear. Clean your portfolio, laptop, and organize your desktop to look professional.
  9. Schedule an appointment with a PCA or utilize drop in hours (Tu/Th 2-4pm).

What to Expect

  • No registration required.  
  • Each of the 60+ companies will have a table.  
  • Walk around, check out the employers, and meet with companies who interest you. Representatives are expecting you to approach them and introduce yourself.
  • Employers are expecting you to know about their company. Research the positions they are hiring for. Never ask “what does your company do?”
  • Leave a copy of your resume/takeaway with organizations you’re interested in.
  • Ask for the rep’s contact information (pro tip: send a thank you email and connect on LinkedIn).

 

 

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