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Everything You Need to Know about Fisher’s Career Fair

March 18, 2022

Did you know? A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that students who attend a career fair are 30 percent more likely to get an interview; and of those, half will get a job offer. Students can take advantage of these statistics this month at St. John Fisher College’s annual Spring Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Cleary Family Auditorium.

A student chats with a potential employer at the Career Fair.

Fisher’s Career Fair isn’t limited to what year students are in: anyone from first-year students to new alumni can attend – no matter the major. The fair welcomes more than 50 employers from various industries that align with the majors offered at Fisher. Representatives from business services, government, education, health care, and others will be in attendance.

Employers will be searching for interns, seasonal/part-time employees, and full-time hires in entry level positions. The fair gives students the opportunity to build a relationship with potential employers before they even fill out an application. Students in underrepresented populations at career fairs (such as Hispanic/Latiné and first-generation students) may reap the benefits of bringing a new perspective to their future employers.

Here’s What You Need to Know at the Fair:

What should students wear? Even if students don't own full business attire,  first impressions are crucial. Dress pants or khakis and a collared shirt are preferable to leisure wear. 

Should students bring a résumé? Résumés are not required, but it may be useful to have one on hand. Career Services at the Center for Career and Academic Planning offers walk-up résumé reviews every day, or students can upload their résumés to Handshake for an online review.  

Can students preview which employers will be present? Yes! Simply log in to Handshake, click the Events link, and click into Spring Career Fair. Career Services  appreciates pre-registration from students so they can anticipate  traffic.

How long will it take? Students shouldn’t assume they have to spend the whole three hours at the fair. Career Services recommends researching the companies, then deciding who they want to talk to so they use their time efficiently.

Anything else? Yes! Students need to bring their ID to swipe in at the fair and it is recommended that they also spruce up their Handshake profile.  Employers use Handshake to identify potential talent so the profile is important.

This article was written by Marcus Lindenburg ’23, an English major, who is a PR writing intern with the Office of Marketing and Communications.