Register the day of Career Fair. No pre-registration
Register by swiping your WSU student ID Card at one of the indicated locations
Receive a name tag and list of employers and locations
Your name tag grants you access to the other locations
Look for signage directing students to registration table locations
Preparing for the Career Fair
Want to stand out to employers? Let us help you be a well-prepared student and make a very positive impression! We’ll help you understand the value in career fairs and how to approach them, establish a game plan, how to introduce yourself and converse, research companies, and creating an effective resume.
Tips to Get the Most Out of Career Fairs
Bring many copies of your resumeto submit to employers. Don’t have an updated resume? Stop by career services to get tips and hints on getting started creating a winning resume.
Come prepared. Before the fair, spend a little time getting some background on an organization.
Allow yourself adequate time. Come as early as possible, as typically, fairs are busiest during the lunch hour. Fairs close promptly at publicized ending times to accommodate employers’ travel arrangements. You may find you need to return between classes in order to meet with all organizations you are interested in meeting at the fair.
Dress appropriately. First impressions are important. While campus attire is acceptable for fairs, you will probably be most comfortable if you at least dress in “business casual” attire.
Be flexible. Keep in mind that no single employer representative is knowledgeable about all positions available, especially in a large organization. Some representatives attending fairs are there to share their experiences working at the organization and may not be involved in the hiring process. If the employer representative at the fair does not know specifically about jobs/internships of interest to you, ask for the contact of someone that can assist you.
Prioritize the employers you’re most interested in. If your schedule allows, you may find it easiest to start with the employers in which you’re less interested. This will allow you to relax, practice your networking skills, so you’ll be most confident when you approach the employers that really pique your interest.
Take noteswhen you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers or hiring representatives. Remember, the representative at the fair may not be able to answer all of your questions or know specifics about your job interests so be sure to write down the contact information that they give you of that individual who can get your questions answered.
Introduce yourself and be prepared to give your “elevator pitch.” Extend your hand for a handshake, say “hello”, and state your name. Welcome the representative to WSU Tri-Cities! Show that Coug spirit! Have your resume ready to give to the employer and be ready to talk about your career interests as well as academic and extracurricular experiences to show your skills and strengths.
Ask the representative for his/her card. Having the business card of the representative you have just spoken with serves three purposes in sending a quick note/email to the person you have just met (and hopefully impressed!) WHY? First, you have a direct contact with the organization, including the proper spelling of the representative’s name, direct telephone line, etc. Second, a brief thank-you note acknowledges the help they gave you and the time they took to visit campus. Third, sending thank-you notes is a good professional habit.
Be courteous! In addition to representing yourself, you also represent your department and the University. All of the organizations at the fair are there because of their interest in hiring WSU Tri-Cities students. Some representatives are fellow Cougs and alumni. Demonstrate sensitivity to other students waiting to speak with employers by keeping your questions brief and offering to continue your conversation at a later time. Enjoy the fair and your interaction with the employers. Let your positive attitude show!
HAVE FUN! Questions? Stop by career services or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 WSU Tri-Cities Career Fair Exhibitor List
(as of 10/3/19)
ANR Group Inc.
Baker Boyer Bank
Ben Franklin Transit
BW Search Group
CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company
Columbia Basin Health Association
Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent-A-Car)
Family Resource Home Care
Inland Desert Nusery, Inc.
INTERA Geosciences & Engineering
Packaging Corporation of America
Polestar Technical Services, Inc.
Primerica Financial Services
Richland Police Department
Sandvik Special Metal
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Talos Engineering Inc.
TradeWind Services, LLC
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations
Washington Department of Ecology – Nuclear Waste Program
Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC (WRPS)
Washington State Auditor’s Office
Washington State Penitentiary
Washington State University
Waste Treatment Completion Company
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