Part-Time Campus Job Fair: 3 Tips for Success

The Part-Time Campus Job Fair is less than two weeks away: September 7th from 12-3 pm!  All students are welcome to participate and while you can simply show up that day to Lowry Mall, it’s in your best interest to do a little planning in advance. I have outlined some simple steps to help you make the day successful!

1. Bring Materials

Students should bring their Student ID so we can swipe you in and give you a list of attending employers.  We also recommend having a folder with you so you can collect business cards and job applications. Also, please bring copies of your class schedule. Finally, many employers will accept resumes if you have one. 

Need help creating or editing your resume? Drop by the MU Career Center weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm for one-on-one assistance. You can also check out our online resources for sample resumes and resume advice.

2. Employer Interactions: Make an Introduction
When you approach an employer be sure to smile, make good eye contact, shake hands and introduce yourself!  At  the job fair, there may be many people trying to meet a recruiter who has a short amount of time to spend talking to you. To make the best use of that time, you should prepare a one-minute “commercial” of yourself:

  • Introduce yourself, giving your name, year in school, and major.
  • Explain why you are interested and the relevant experience you have.
  • Be open, honest, and enthusiastic.

Example #1: “Hello, my name is _________, and I’m a junior studying Health Science. I am very interested in working in MU Healthcare because I would love experience in a hospital setting and plan to go into public health as a career.”   

Example #2: “Good afternoon! My name is ____________________ and I am a freshman Business major. I have background working in customer service and retail so I thought this sales position in the Mizzou Stores would be a natural fit with my work experience.”

We recommend you practice your “commercial” with a friend so that you become comfortable with your introduction.

3. Be Prepared for Questions
Employers will likely ask you questions that you would expect to hear in the first stage of an interview. For instance, they may ask:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in the position?
  • What skills/experience do you have that would relate to this position?

Employers also expect that you will have questions for them. Come prepared by thinking about the type of information you would like to know about the position. Examples of questions you could ask would be:

  • What sort of skills are you looking for in an employee?
  • What does a typical part-time work schedule look like in your department?

If you follow these suggestions you should have a VERY successful day at the job fair. And don’t forget to regularly check HireMizzouTigers for other employment opportunities (on and off campus)! Each day employers post new part-time job vacancies so don’t delay – apply when you see jobs of interest and follow-up with employers once you submit an application or inquiry.

If you have other questions or need help with your part-time job search, please visit the Career Center at any time. We look forward to seeing you at the job fair!