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Preparing for a Career Fair

Follow these  EASY steps to succeed at a career fair or any other networking event!


Before a Career Fair


Finalize your Resume

  • Critique! Critique! Critique! Have plenty available to give out
  • Participate in Walk-In Advising – no appt necessary

Do your Company Research!

  • Review the career fair Company List online and link to each company’s website – take notes!

During a Career Fair


Dress for Success

  • Professional Dress is MANDATORY and strictly enforced (TO WIN)!
  • Review Professional Dress Cards guidelines (links below)

Women Casual /  Women Professional /  Men Casual /  Men Professional


  • Give yourself enough time to visit all your top companies but remain flexible enough to visit others
  • Never  leave a booth without the recruiter’s business card!

Sell Yourself

  • Don’t wait for recruiters to pull it out of you – show them what you have to offer!
  • Use your research – tell them something interesting you learned about their company (recruiters love this)

Dress for Success


  • Dark, solid or pin-striped suit (navy, black, gray, brown)
  • Conservative tie and shirt
  • Shined, dark shoes
  • Over the calf socks that match pants
  • Appropriate Dress Card: Men's Professional
  • Appropriate Dress Card: Men's Casual


  • Suit (pant or skirt) in a solid color with no extreme slits, necklines, or hemlines
  • Limit jewelry and accessories
  • Clean nails and no chips if polished
  • Closed-toe shoes and match stockings to suit
  • Appropriate Dress Card: Women's Professional
  • Appropriate Dress Card: Women's Casual  


  • Avoid perfume or cologne
  • Clothing and accessories should not distract the interviewer
  • Good hygiene and grooming



After a Career Fair


  • Send a Thank You Note – make sure they remember you! Remember to always be professional.

Application Process

  • Do they require you to fill out an online application? Is there testing involved?

On Campus Interviews

  • Are they interviewing? If so, get on their schedule!

When in Doubt

  • Visit the Career Services Center to have your resume critiqued: M-Thurs, 10am-4:30pm,  NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
  • Attend a Career Services sponsored event
  • Schedule a Mock Interview to hone your interview skills


Career Services Center Contact Info:

Ms. Vernita Bowens
Coordinator for Career & Volunteer Services
Center for Student Services
Philander Smith College
900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
501-975-6050 Office