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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Resources for Online Students

Welcome back! I know you are about to begin a new semester and want you to know and prepare for the upcoming fall career fairs — in person and virtual.

Fulton Schools Career Fairs

There are two Fulton Schools career events per academic year that coincide with the employer recruiting seasons. The Fall Fulton Schools Career Fair in September is when the employer typically looks for May graduates. The Spring Fulton Schools Career Fair (February–March) is when the employer usually looks for summer interns.

If you are in Arizona, this is an excellent opportunity to meet employers in person.

Graduate Student Recruiting Day
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

noon–5 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU), Tempe campus [map]

Undergraduate Student Recruiting Day
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

noon–5 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU), Tempe campus [map]

Undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. Recruiting Day
Thursday September 14, 2017

noon–4 p.m.

Student Union (UNION) Cooley Ballroom, Polytechnic campus [map]

Virtual Career Fair

If you are unable to attend a career fair in person, this is a great way to still meet with employers on-line.

Attend the ASU STEM Virtual Career Fair on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Career and Professional Development Services Career Fair

Even though the employers attending may not be looking for your specific major, this is a wonderful opportunity to speak with a recruiter from a company you’re interested in.

ASU Fall 2017 Career and Internship Fair
Tuesday, September 26–Thursday, September 28, 2017
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tempe campus
Register on Handshake

Preparing for a career fair

Whether you are attending the fall or spring Fulton Schools Career Fair or another in-person career fair, you need to be prepared. Here are a few tips that will help you make a great first impression.

1. Bring copies of your résumé

Employers will be talking to hundreds of students during the career fair. How will they remember you from the other students? Having copies of your résumé is a sign you are a professional candidate. Your résumé gives them an opportunity to write notes about your unique qualities and potential follow-up.

2. Research the companies attending

I’ve talked with students who did not research the companies prior to attending the career fair. As a result, they lost an opportunity to make a positive first impression with a potential employer. Don’t let this happen to you. The students who conducted research usually landed an interview. Every career fair lists the companies attending with a link to their web site. What does the company do? What interests you about them? What types of positions are available? How do you qualify for that position? If you can answer these questions, your confidence is evident as you speak with a recruiter.

3. Dress appropriately

I know the temperatures are still in the 100s, but avoid the temptation to wear jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, flip flops or sneakers. If you are attending the fair between classes, bring a change of clothes. For men wear suits or dress pants with a dress shirt and tie. For the women you have a choice of suit, dress, or dress pants with blouse.

4. Bring pen and paper

An employer may share additional information with you regarding follow-up. A pen and paper is a sign you are prepared and professional. If you don’t have a pen and paper, you will probably forget what they shared with you.

Additional information regarding all the up-coming career fairs and companies attending can be located under Search Fairs on Handshake.


Betty Boza is a Career Development Specialist for the Fulton Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting on-line, graduate and Ph.D. students with all aspects of career development including resume preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.