Career Expo FAQs for Students

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How should I prepare for the Career Expo?
  • Why should I attend the Career Expo?
  • Why come to the fair if employers ask me to apply online?
  • How can I find out which employers will attend?
  • Where do I find information about the employers I am interested in meeting with?
  • Do I need to register to attend the Expo?
  • Who can attend?
  • How do I make a good first impression on an employers?
  • What should I bring to the Expo?
  • How should I dress?
  • What if I don’t see any employers who are interested in my major?
  • What should I know for the Expo if I am an international student?
  • Does the Career Center offer any events before the career fair as additional preparation?
  • At the Expo, I noticed that the open positions listed on the Career Center website weren’t accurate. Why?
  • What should I do after the Expo?

How should I prepare for the Career Expo?

Have your resume critiqued by a Career Specialist, attend Advice and a Slice on February 6, research companies you’re interested in, view and apply to said companies’ open positions in CAREERlink, and practice your conversation starter.

Why should I attend the Career Expo?

There are different reasons why students should attend each year:

Freshmen: network with potential employers, get a feel for a career fair before you need to attend to find a job, look into different options for possible future careers, learn about industry trends, and practice professional speaking skills

Sophomores: start looking for internship opportunities, network with potential employers, and practice professional speaking skills

Juniors: look for an internship, practice professional speaking skills, and network with potential employers

Seniors: look for a full-time position, practice professional speaking skills, and network with potential employers

Why come to the fair if employers ask me to apply online?

At the Career Expo, you will come across some companies that only accept applications online. Even if an employer can’t accept your resume in person, you still have the chance to meet and network with the representatives. Students who only submit their application online don’t have that opportunity.

How can I find out which employers will attend?

You can find a list of employers who will be attending the expo under the “Participating Employers” link on the previous page.

Where do I find information about the employers I am interested in meeting with?

View the list of participating employers on the Expo website or on our app. From there you can view the positions they are hiring for, the locations of the positions, what majors and degrees they are seeking, whether or not they hire international students, and their website.

Do I need to register to attend the Expo?

Student registration is not required for any career fair sponsored by the NDSU Career Center.

Who can attend?

Students from area four-year universities are welcome to attend along with NDSU students. NDSU alumni can also attend.

How do I make a good first impression on an employer?

Approach an employer by yourself (versus with a group of friends.) Make sure to smile, be confident, make eye contact, and use a firm handshake. Demonstrate that you researched the employer and practiced your conversation starter.

What should I bring to the Expo?

A student ID or proof that you have at least a four-year degree is required for admittance. Bring more paper copies of your resume than you think you will need. Don’t forget to get it critiqued by a Career Specialist. It helps to bring resumes in a padfolio so you have a pen and paper if needed.

How should I dress?

Business professional attire is preferred for students who are looking for a job or internship. For women, this includes a suit or a blouse and dress pants/knee-length skirt, simple jewelry and makeup, and closed-toe shoes. For men, this includes a conservative tie, a suit or long-sleeved collared shirt/dress pants, and polished shoes. If you don’t have a professional outfit, borrow one from the Career Closet at no cost.

What if I don’t see any employers who are interested in my major?

If an employer didn’t specifically select your major upon registration, that could be because of a limitation of majors listed in the registration or simply unfamiliarity of majors on our campus. Still take the time to look through the positions listed – you may find something that you’re interested in! Also look at the list of employers who are looking for all majors. If you still didn’t find anything, you should still plan on going to the Expo and networking with employers. By going, you will probably find some you’re interested in. There may be some employers looking for your major in the future as well, but you won’t know until you ask them at the fair.

What should I know for the Expo of I am an International Student?

Know your visa status beforehand, which jobs you will and will not be eligible for, and identify which participating employers will consider hiring international students. Do not visit companies that say they hire U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. When speaking with employers, be sure to focus on your skills, experiences and interest in the company and not your visa status. It may also help to research which companies have branch offices in your home country.

Does the Career Center offer any events before the career fair as additional preparation?

Visit the Calendar of Events for a schedule of upcoming workshops and other career fair related events.

At the Expo, I noticed that the open positions listed on the Career Center website weren’t accurate. Why?

Some companies register up to 3 months before the expo. The open positions at the time of registration could have changed in that time. For a more accurate list, search CAREERlink for participating employers’ open positions.

What should I do after the Expo?

During the Expo, be sure to get the recruiters’ names and business cards. Take notes when your speaking with recruiters so that you can send more personal thank you notes after the expo. Remember to include the following in your note: date and location of the fair, highlights of the conversation you had with the recruiter (something that they will remember about you), and a copy of your resume.

Why aren’t there more [insert major] companies registered for the Expo?

We have a database of almost 5,000 employers that we send invites to multiple times leading up to the Expo. This list includes companies from all over the United States and in every major offered at NDSU. If there aren’t enough companies from your major or enough from a specific part of the country, it’s not because we didn’t request their attendance.