Career Development Center

West Chester University

225 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610.436.2501


Upcoming Career Fairs

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. Each fair is open to all majors.

  • Business and Communication Career Fair: Wednesday, October 1, 12:00-2:30pm, Sykes Ballrooms
  • STEM (Science & Technology) Career Fair: Wednesday, October 22, 12:00-2:30pm, Sykes Ballrooms
  • Social Services Career Fair: Wednesday, November 5, 12:00-2:30pm
  • Spring Career Fair (all industries): Wednesday, February 25, 2014, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Delaware Valley Education Consortium (DVEC) fair for educators: TBD (usually March/April)
  • Nonprofit and Government Consortium Career Fair: TBD (usually March/April)


Employers that Attended Career Fairs & Networking Events

Click here to see past career fair and networking event employer lists.


Tips for Career Fair Success

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


Past Career Fair & Networking Event Employer Listings

2014 Philadelphia Nonprofit & Government Career Fair: Participating Employers

2014 Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair

Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Education Consortium

WCU Spring 2014 Career Fair

WCU Fall 2013 Career Fair

Meet the Firms Night - Co-sponsored with the Accounting Department (September 2013)

2013 Philadelphia Nonprofit & Government Career Fair: Participating Employers

WCU Spring 2013 Career Fair

2013 Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair

Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Education Consortium

WCU Social Work & Human Services Fair 2013

Sponsored by the Department of Social Work and the Twardowski Career Development Center

WCU Fall 2012 Career Fair

WCU Spring 2012 Career Fair

WCU Social Work & Human Services Fair 2012

WCU Fall 2011 Career Fair