Walk-In: DSU, Room 2001
Bowling Green campus
Because large networking events like career fairs can seem foreign or overwhelming, the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) has compiled a list of common questions and their answers so that your career fair experience can be a positive one. If you have any questions that are not answered below or would like additional guidance, please schedule an appointment with a Career Coach by calling (270)-745-3095 or emailing CareerHelp@wku.edu.
To view the career fair schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year and details for individual events, visit our Career Fairs page.
Q: What are career fairs?
A: The CCPD partners with local, national, and regional organizations to create these events as an opportunity for YOU to interact with employers that are looking for the best talent that WKU has to offer.
Q: When and where?
A: This information varies based on the the Career Fair in question. See our Career Fair schedule for more details.
Q: Who's looking for what?
A: Recruiters will be looking for professional, poised students and graduates to fill full- and part-time positions, co-op positions, and internships. The career fair is also a great event to explore and discuss career options and opportunities with recruiters.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Bring copies of your current resume to distribute to recruiters. If you need resume help, visit our Resume Help page or contact the CCPD.
Q: How should I dress?
A: Image isn't everything, but a positive first impression is valuable. Business professional attire (Business suits, slacks with a shirt and tie, pants or skirt outfits, or dresses are all suitable options.) is the best way to start your experience at a career fair.
Q: Will I get an interview?
A: Generally, the career fairs provide students and alumni with initial contact with an organization. Formal interviews may be scheduled at a later date.
Q: How do I make the most of a job fair?
A: Effective preparation and communication are key for ensuring your career fair attendance is a success. Research the participating companies and schools you are interested in prior to the event. Learn about them, their available positions, and what they are looking for in candidates. If you really want to go beyond the average attendee, prepare a list of questions to ask the companies and organizations whose recruiters you intend to speak with.
Q: What should I do after the career fair?
A: Follow up by sending thank you emails within 48 hours of the event. Recruiters will meet dozens of people, so make sure they don't forget you. This is not only polite, but it also lets the representatives know that you paid attention, you have a serious interest in their organization, and you are the right fit for any available positions you discussed.