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Job Fair Preparation Timeline

Soon the countdown will begin

It is never too early to prepare. Click the links below for advice on how to prepare for either the fall or spring IU South Bend Career and Internship Fair.

1 Week To Go!!

Fair Tip of the Week: Things to do After the Fair

2 Weeks To Go!!

Fair Tip of the Week: Develop an Action Plan for the Fair

3 Weeks To Go!!

Fair Tip of the Week: The 60-Second Commercial

4 Weeks To Go!!

Fair Tip of the Week: Dress and Act The Part

First impressions are critical. You only get ONE first impression! IU South Bend is a casual environment. Recruiters are not from IU South Bend. Put your best foot forward by dressing in conservative, well pressed, tailored business attire. Remember, "Professional, business attire" does NOT mean "dressed up". In other words, don't wear what you would wear to a nice club or a religious service.

Some attire tips:

  • Professional, business attire means clothes that are clean, fit well, and are nicely pressed
  • A dark colored (black, navy, dark grey, etc.) suit is traditional business attire
  • Don't have a suit? Dark slacks or skirt (not too short!), a button-up shirt with a tie or a blouse, etc. are all appropriate choices
  • Wear little to no perfume or cologne
  • Wear simple make-up and jewelry, if you choose to wear any
    Note: Professional dress is REQUIRED for entry into the fair. Jeans, tennis/gym shoes, t-shirts, etc. will NOT be permitted.
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Don't travel in packs. Employers want to talk to you, not you and your 3 closest friends
  • Smile. Offer a firm handshake. Chewing gum is inappropriate; so is eating or drinking anything
  • Approach employers with confidence -- always remember that they are hoping that you will be the star candidate they have been waiting for.

Items to bring with you:

  • Portfolio or folder to carry résumés
  • Pen and paper
  • Several copies of your résumé

5 Weeks To Go!!

Fair Tip of the Week: Research Companies and Organizations

6 Weeks To Go!!

Fair Tip of the Week: Create a Winning Résumé

If you have any questions, please contact our office. Looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!