The University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair typically occurs at the end of February. The Job Fair had over 300 organizations attend is past years; making it the largest job and internship fair in Minnesota.
The Job Fair gives students and employers a chance to network, collect information about each other, and explore job and internship opportunities. To see the growing list of organizations that will be attending, check the Job Fair website in the months leading up to the fair. I recommend you register ahead of time and as soon as possible. To register you will need to access your GoldPASS account. The Job Fair is open to all current students of the U of MN System and alumni from the past three years. People who attend prepared and confident will shine through almost every time.
Here are some tips that should help you start preparing for the Job Fair:
- Determine if there are organizations you would like a chance to speak with.
- Do you have the proper attire to attend the Job Fair?
- Bring your resume to Career & Internship Services to have it reviewed. We have trained Peer Educators available whenever we are open (M-F, 8-4:30pm), so come when it works for your schedule.
- Plan out which organizations you want to speak with. Remember, there are 6 hours at the Job Fair. It is always wise to give yourself a few practice runs with companies you have little to no interest in, so you can feel comfortable for the main act. You can research organizations through GoldPASS and also through the mobile guide for the fair.
- It’ll be busy; don’t wait for 15 minutes in a line unless you have absolutely nothing better to do. As I said, there will be over 300 organizations there; talk to any of them, you never know where that connection may lead you.
These are just a few tips to get you started in your preparation for the UMN Job & Internship Fair. Check out the resources below for more tips and tricks.
- Job Fairs – all our blog posts on the topic
- Master the Career Fair – our Pinterest board filled with articles & resources