Career Development Center
West Chester University
The career center sponsors career fairs that take place on campus featuring employers hiring for full-time, internship, and part-time opportunities. Through consortiums in the greater Philadelphia region the center co-sponsors additional fairs. Check the Events Calendar for details and directions, as well as links to other regional events.
Fall 2013 Career Fair - October 2, 2013
Sykes Union Ballrooms, 11 am to 3 pm
Download the complete list of participating employers.
Click here to see past career fair and networking event employer lists.
Be prepared: Think about what you expect to gain from the event-what are your career goals? If possible, go through the list of companies prior to the event and research a few that you would really like to see. Dress professionally, as you would for an interview. A list of attending companies is typically made available a week before the event on campus.
Bring copies of your resume: Invest in a portfolio to keep copies of your resume, a pen and a place to put business cards that you collect during the event. 20+ copies of your resume on resume paper are a good number. You can bring more or less depending on your goal for the event.
Practice your introduction: Is your handshake a 'floppy fish' or a bone-crunching experience? Practice your handshake. Rehearse a brief introduction or a 'one minute summary' (your name, major, interest in company, type of job you are seeking, skills and qualifications).
Plan your strategy: Understand the layout of tables or ask a staff/volunteer for assistance. Take a moment to go through the Career Fair booklet or program usually provided to you at the door. Get a sense of which companies you would definitely like to visit at the event.
Check your attitude: Be optimistic, but have realistic expectations. Career Fairs are an excellent way to network for a job. The Fair may or may not directly lead to a job offer, but it is a great forum for building relationships with employers and learning about new opportunities.
Be polite: Smile and be patient with all the people you meet. Recruiters are watching and listening to determine if you act professionally.
Gather information: Pick up business cards and corporate literature for future reference. Avoid taking lots of toys and prizes.
Treasure hunt: Be on the lookout for that one company that no one's checking out-the one where the recruiter is smiling because they know they've got something good, but no one has heard of them before.
Follow through: Send a thank you note to companies you are interested in. Many companies have their applications online, so be sure to follow up by completing an online application
Meet the Firms Night - Co-sponsored with the Accounting Department (September 2013)
Philadelphia Nonprofit & Government Career Fair: Participating Employers (March 2013)
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Education Consortium
Sponsored by the Department of Social Work and the Twardowski Career Development Center