Murray State University Career Events
CAREER FAIR (All Majors): Offered fall and spring semesters
TEACHER FAIR: Offered fall and spring semesters
SENIOR MEETINGS: Offered at the first of fall and spring semesters
JOB SEARCH TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Offered fall and spring semesters
Career Event Preparation Resources
- Who may attend?
- Should freshmen, sophomores or juniors attend? Isn’t it for seniors?
- What can I do to prepare?
- What should I wear?
- How do I make a good impression?
- How do I follow-up after the event?
Career Services invites all students, regardless of classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student), and alumni to attend every available and applicable Career Fair. Career fairs are an excellent opportunity to network for internships and future employment! Prior to entering a career event, students and alumni are required to register/sign-in at the registration table. Participants are provided name tags that identify classification and major.
Career fairs are a vital component to help people achieve their professional goals. Career fairs can provide valuable opportunities to explore different careers and seek employment, whether a full-time position or internship. There are many reasons to attend a career fair:
- Access to recruiters from a wide array of companies and industries in one location.
- Find out about available job openings and submit résumés in person.
- Explore different, and even discover new, career options and possible future areas of employment.
- Identify “what it takes” to land the job at various companies – what education, background, skills, and/or coursework is needed to succeed in a field or at a particular company.
- Practice interview and networking skills.
- Gain job searching advice from the recruiters who hire college graduates.
- Develop a network of business contacts.
- Learn about different industries.
Review the Career Fair Preparation Tip Sheet. In general, research the companies scheduled to attend; prepare a list of questions to ask; and create a general résumé that’s appropriate for the full range of positions.
Business Professional: First impressions matter and you increase your confidence and gain positive attention of potential employers by dressing in appropriately and professionally!
- Women: Skirt suit (knee length, at least) and blouse or pants suit and blouse; closed toed dress shoes; no more than seven (7) pieces of jewelry (only 1 piece of jewelry per each ear, wrist, hand and neck).
- Men: Suit and tie: long sleeved dress shirt (preferably white), tie, dress pants, jacket; dress shoes.
- Not allowed: Jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or sneakers
- Additional considerations: Tattoos and body piercing should be covered. Remove facial piercings. Hair should be neatly styled away from the face, beards/mustaches trimmed and makeup kept to a minimal.
- Print your résumé on quality paper and don’t staple to other documents.
- Bring a portfolio to hold your résumé, pen, paper and any support documents you have as well as has a slot for business cards.
- Have your schedule available in case you have the chance to set up an interview.
- Create and bring a list of companies that interest you most.
- Keep breath-mints on-hand to help counteract dry mouth and bad breath.
- When greeting recruiters:
- Make eye contact, smile, introduce yourself and offer a firm handshake.
- Be personable; keep the conversation light and comfortable.
- Be prepared to present a brief statement about your skills, talents, and abilities, career goals, and why you’re interested in the company.
- Ask thoughtful questions specific to the company or industry.
- Leave a copy of your résumé and request a business card from the recruiter so you can follow up with him or her later.
- Thank the recruiter for his or her time and for considering your résumé. Let recruiters know you enjoyed speaking with them and that you will be in touch.
Send a professional email reiterating your interest in the position and providing a digital version of your resume within 24 hours, preferably, that evening. Follow-up with a handwritten note (or typed if your handwriting is difficult to read) within 48 hours. Remember that both forms of communication should be professional, void of grammatical and spelling errors. You want to thank the recruiter for his or her time, reiterate your interest in the position and company and offer to meet with the recruiter to further discuss your qualifications.