Career & Internship Services

Making Contacts at the Job Fair

The primary benefit of participation in the job fair is to collect information and make contacts. Focus on learning as much as you can about what employers are looking for in the people they hire.

  • Make initial contacts for employment.
  • Ask about the possibility of internships and summer jobs in your areas of interest.
  • Ask questions about the job market for fields in which you are interested.
  • Seniors and Juniors should come dressed appropriately for interviewing and bring resumes.

Examples to help you:

INTRO

"Hello! I am ______, and I'll be graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth, in May, with a major in ______ and a minor in ______."

"Hi! My name is ______, I'm a Sophomore majoring in ______. I'd like to talk with you briefly about what you think the demand will be for people in ______ field in two years."

INQUIRY

"I understand that you have several types of positions open and I'm especially interested in ______, can you tell me more about it?"

"I will be looking for an internship in ______, with emphasis on ______, and wonder what your organization might have to offer?"

"Can you tell me about the opportunities with your company that might be available for someone with a major in ______?"

NEXT STEP

"I'm really interested in your organization. What do I need to do to apply for an internship/employment?"

CLOSING

"Thank you. I enjoyed talking with you. May I have your business card?"