Before the Conference

    1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile
    2. Know the day for your major
    3. Research employers attending
    4. Standout to employers before they step foot on campus:
      -  Upload your resume in CareerLink so recruiters can seek you out
      -  Drop" your resume to recruiters in CareerLink so they know your interest
    5. Get your professional wardrobe ready
    6. Prepare and practice you 30 second "elevator pitch" 
    7. Download the App (Search "US-Stout Career Fair Plus" in your app store) to have a real-time list of recruiters
    8. Prepare your questions for employers 
    9. Bring a writing pad, pen and enough copies of your resume 

During the Conference

Be an active participant
Maximize your career conference experience; don't just browse. If all you do is walk around, take company literature and freebies, you really haven't accomplished anything. Interact professionally with the recruiters and representatives.

Keep your eyes and ears open
What are others asking? What answers are they receiving? There is nothing wrong with subtle eavesdropping. You might even pick up valuable information in addition to witnessing some real-life career search “dos and don’ts."

Don't Interrupt
If someone else is monopolizing an employer’s time, try to make eye contact with the employer/recruiter to let them know you are interested in speaking with them. The recruiter may even appreciate your giving them “an out” e.g.: “Excuse me, but I see someone else who has a question”. If all else fails, move to the next booth and make a note to come back later.

Take notes
Make sure to write down any important information you receive from employers. Ask for business cards from anyone who helped you so that you can spell their names correctly when you follow-up.

After the Conference

Send a thank you
Send “thank you” letters (within 2 days if possible). Refer to date and location of conference, mention any important specific points discussed so the employer will remember you. Reiterate your qualifications and include any information you neglected to mention. Proofread your letter and let someone else look it over.

Career Services

103 Administration Building
Menomonie, WI 54751


Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

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Future Conference Dates

February 21 & 22, 2017

September 26 & 27, 2017

Other Conferences for Students

Friday February 26: Minnesota State Universities Job & Internship Fair