Engineering Career Services sponsors two large-scale career fairs a year (near the beginning of each semester). These events are open to UW-Madison students and alumni only. UW-Madison ID required.
Career Fair Tips
Plan to attend multiple days
It is important to attend each day because while the career fairs take place on multiple days, employers choose only ONE day of attendance. So, each day of Career Connection, different employers will be available to talk with you about career opportunities.
Come and talk with employer representatives to find out:
• what opportunities are available
• what the day-to-day experience is of an employee
• what the work environment is like
• training programs and employer education
Many employer representatives are also alums!
Before you arrive, we urge you to:
- Activate/update your Handshake account by developing an effective profile and tailoring your career interests section
- Develop a personal resume to bring to Career Connection.
- Research employers of interest prior to speaking to them; develop good questions and points of conversation.
- On your Handshake account, you can sort employers based on your major, day of attendance and other parameters. Read their descriptions, find their job posting and review their websites. Know why you are interested in approaching each company.
- Plan your time carefully in order to speak to all employers of interest.
Develop your intro
Develop a brief, targeted, one-minute introduction. Think carefully about the important details your introduction should include: your name, your major or interest area, your current job focus, and your interest in this specific employer.
Plan to bring
- UW-Madison ID (required for entrance). Alumni, please contact ECS for attendance guidelines.
- A portfolio containing several copies of your personal resume, a writing tablet and pen/pencil.
- Try not to bring your backpack in to the Career Connection space. Use the “backpack room” to store your belongings during the fair.
Pay attention to your appearance
- Practice good hygiene habits; the Career Fair will be very crowded!
- Your appearance is a very important part of your first impression. Before you speak, your nonverbal communication is already making a lasting impression.
- Business casual attire is best; this includes khakis, slacks, dresses and skirts, blouses, polo’s and dress-shirts. Formal business attire is not recommended for our career fair (i.e 3 piece suit).