How to Get the Most Out of a Pace Career Fair

September 5, 2023
Students and employers at Pace's Pleasantville Career Fair in 2019

With the start of the semester, it's time to join that student org that's been calling your name, check out some amazing events, and...get going on your career aspirations by attending a Pace University Career Fair.

With Career Fairs coming up on each campus—in NYC and Pleasantville—now's the time to make a plan. Strategically navigating a Pace Career Fair, where you'll have the rare opportunity to meet dozens of employers specifically interested in Pace students, can do wonders for your future job prospects. Here's how you can make sure you don't let this golden opportunity pass you by.

Do Your Homework

Abraham Lincoln once famously said “give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

When attending a Pace Career Fair, don’t just show up. Do some research beforehand that will help get you in front of the right people, and see which employers align with your career interests and goals. Spend some time developing questions to prospective employers–not only will you stand out for having gone the extra mile, but you’ll plant the seeds of an ongoing relationship.

While nobody is going to be chopping wood at Pace’s Fall 2023 Career Fairs, Lincoln’s adage readily applies. Preparation is the key to success.

Polish Your Resume

Pace’s Career Services is here to make sure your resume is in tip-top shape. Connect with Career Services at a Rock Your Resume workshop, or check-in with Career services by scheduling an appointment on Handshake or giving the office a call.

While this might be your first Career Fair, it’s certainly not theirs. Career Services has been here, and they know how to get you to where you want to go.

Bring a Folder; Don’t Bring a Large Briefcase

We suggest bringing a folder or small bag capable of holding:

  • About 20 copies of your resume
  • Business cards and brochures from prospective employers
  • A pen and paper for note-taking (you can also use your phone, but old school might make you stand out!)

That said: you’ll be walking around quite a bit and shaking hands with prospective employers. You’ll have your hands full with all of the useful information you’ll glean from the event–you don’t also literally need your hands full!

Show Up As Your Best Self

If you’re running on four hours of sleep and skip breakfast, chances are you won’t make as positive of an impression as the version of you that is well-rested, properly hydrated, and ready to take on the world. And don’t forget to dress for success!

Follow Up

While it's technically possible, it's highly unlikely that you'll be hired on the spot. Within a day or two, be sure to send thank-you emails to every person you met with. Even if you thought that person’s employer wasn’t for you, they may be a few interviews away themselves from being at your dream company.

While it’s tempting to send generic emails to save time, personalization will really help you stand out. Whether it’s referencing something you discussed in-person or highlighting a specific aspect of a particular company (or better yet, both!), taking the time to show that you mean business may go a very long way—and regardless of the outcome, is a great professional quality that will take you far in any industry.

The Career Fair is Just the First Step

Keep that positive momentum going by taking advantage of the many resources Career Services has to offer—from joining or staying active in a Career Community to regularly scouring Handshake for positions that truly speak to you, consistent and focused action will take you far—and eventually into that role you were meant for.

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