Harvard Extension School Degree Students & Alumni Job Fair

Prepare for the Fair

Before the Fair

  • Know who will be there. Look over the list of attendees and identify companies you are most interested in pursuing; find out what you can about the companies that interest you and what they do.
  • Know what you will say about yourself, your skills, and what you can bring to the company. Describe specific experiences where you demonstrated your strengths; examples will make you a stronger candidate.
  • Prepare your resume. Update your resume, and make sure it highlights your most marketable skills. Try to tailor your information to an organization’s needs. You can leave your resume with the representative at the fair.

At the Fair

  • Dress to impress.
  • Use good body language. Give a firm handshake, smile, and make eye contact when introducing yourself. Try not to fidget, play with your hair, rock from side to side, look around when talking or being spoken to, or chew gum.
  • Speak with confidence. If it’s noisy, they can't hear you, and they won't remember you.
  • Keep it short. On average, students spend five minutes with each employer. Leave yourself enough time to visit each table.
  • Ask for a business card or write down the representatives' names. It's also okay to ask about the hiring procedure; you want to make sure you're doing it right.
  • Talk to as many people as possible. Explore all your options! Speak with organizations that you had not considered before.
  • Eavesdrop. If you hear a recruiter describing a company’s work culture to another student, follow up with a question about industry issues instead of asking the same question.

After the Fair

  • Follow up. Send a thank you letter or email along with your resume, use the opportunity to reiterate how your background and skills match their needs.
  • Maintain contact. Companies are busy doing what they do and may not get back to you right away. It’s okay to send a reminder if you haven’t heard anything in a few days. Better yet, find an article based on what you discussed at the fair or related to the organization’s industry and send that along with your email. It shows that you are genuinely interested in their work and actually paid attention.