Fairs & Events
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that more than 95 percent of employers and recruiters use career fairs to recruit candidates for internships, co-ops, project-based learning experiences, and jobs, making such events vital to connecting students and graduates with opportunities. Below, find a selection of upcoming, Butler-produced events.
Important Dates for 2021–2022
We are currently building our calendar of events for the upcoming school year. Following Butler’s latest coronavirus and COVID-19 directives, we plan to have a mix of in-person and virtual events (possibly hybrid, although as other schools are finding out, this can be difficult to pull off inclusivity-wise).
To ensure you’re seeing the most up-to-date information, please look for Butler events on Handshake, our career advising and employment portal.
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Going to a job fair is a very efficient way to explore different organizations and can help you find a full-time position or internship.
- Register for the fair, if necessary.
- Obtain a list of the organizations and research and prepare questions for those that are of interest.
- Review standard interview questions so that you are prepared to answer them clearly and effectively.
- Prepare and practice a brief (30 seconds) “commercial” in which you will introduce yourself, describe your interest in the organization, connect your skills, interests, and relevant experience with what the company seeks, and present your resume.
- Have your resume critiqued by CAPS and bring several copies to the fair. You may also bring a portfolio to hold your resumes, letters of recommendation, references, and samples of your work (if applicable).
- Be familiar with the fair location and parking. Bring money for food and the registration fee if needed.
- Dress for success. Conservative business attire is always best.
During the Fair
- Check in, if necessary, and obtain a copy of the layout of the room to locate companies.
- Explore the fair on your own to avoid appearing too dependent upon your friends.
- Always conduct yourself professionally because you never know when an employer may be watching.
- Before approaching a company, review the information you gathered about the organization. Organize the materials you want to have available for that employer, and check your appearance.
Note: Be flexible with the order in which you visit employers. If you see a line forming, move on to another organization and return later.
- When approaching the employer, wait patiently if there is another candidate ahead of you and conduct yourself courteously and confidently by smiling, establishing and maintaining eye contact and presenting a firm handshake when introducing yourself.
- During the meeting:
- Be interested and interesting, listen actively, speak clearly and confidently, and offer coherent, concise, and honest responses to the employer’s questions.
- Maintain your professionalism. Even though a job fair is a more relaxed atmosphere than a formal interview, it is still part of the interview process.
- When the interview is wrapping up, ask the employer for his/her business card or FuseMe, if you may follow up with the employer and, if so, when. Be sure to thank them for their time.
- After the meeting, note the items you discussed, any interesting information you learned, follow-up information and any other information that may be helpful later.
After the Fair
Send thank you letters to the employers within one week. Mention something specific that you discussed to make sure they remember you. Thank them and express interest in a formal interview.
Outside Fairs and Events
Butler’s online employment portal, Handshake, collects even more career fairs and events:
- Log into Handshake and view Fairs and Events by selecting those options on your dashboard.
- View Fairs and Events on Google Calendar.
CareerEco is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals.
CareerEco’s cloud recruiting events offer a unique method of connecting virtually that allows everyone to save time and eliminate the many burdens and costs associated with travel
Explore Indiana Black Expo
Indiana Black Expo (IBE) is a local non-profit that has been a pillar of Indy’s African-American community for decades. As a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 12 chapters, IBE works to create, produce, and advance opportunities for families in central Indiana.
Explore Indy Pride
Indy Pride is a local non-profit that produces programming honoring and celebrating the diversity of Indianapolis’ LGBTQ+ communities. Their organization provides leadership development, educational programs, and community events (including a career fair).
Explore the International Center
The International Center is a local non-profit that aims to promote events in Indiana that highlight and celebrate cultural diversity and international relations, including diplomacy engagement opportunities for students. Working in collaboration with businesses, non-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, and individual citizens, the Center has served as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape and a catalyst for Indiana’s international growth for more than 40 years.
Butler’s career development partner Techpoint curates a list of community events for those who want to learn new skills, make new connections, and keep up with happenings around town.
Students and graduates: put a plan into action.
Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained to actively pursue opportunities that align with your goals. Continue to reflect upon your progress and refine your plan as needed.
We’re Here to Help
In addition to utilizing the resources above, please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time: