Meet more than 150 employers from all industries who are interested in speaking with Villanova students about internships, jobs, their organizations and more. Employers like Vanguard, Teach For America, Johnson & Johnson and more are eager to share information with talented students like you. For an up-to-date list of employers, (coming soon). Check back often as more employers are registering daily.
There will also be a photo booth set up for digital photos to be taken with your smart phone or ours. These professional headshots are critical for your LinkedIn accounts and more.
See below for a video on what to expect at the Career Fair from students who’ve attended in the past. Check out our tips for success to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward for the Villanova University Fall Career Fair: Real Life Connections. Real World Opportunities. To see a career counselor for help with your preparation, call 610-519-4060.
Career Fair Tips for Candidates
Prior to the Career Fair
Plan to wear a professional outfit - first impressions are critical and lasting
- Do not wear jeans, t-shirts, wrinkled clothes, sneakers, hats, mini skirts, active wear, tank/halter/sleeveless tops, low cut or tight fitting shirts.
- Women - wear a suit, pants suit, blazer with skirt or dress, conservative color, no heavy jewelry or perfume.
- Men - wear a suit or a jacket & tie with slacks, conservative color, no heavy cologne or after-shave.
Prepare plenty of copies of your resume - more than you think you'll need
- Have an attractive resume on good quality paper, using bold, underline, and bullets; we strongly suggest white or other neutral-color paper.
- Check carefully for typos, spelling and grammar errors.
- Have your resume reviewed at the Career Center, Garey Hall, by visiting during our Walk In Hours 11 am - 3 pm or call for an appointment at 610-519-4060.
- Keep the copies in a folder or portfolio at the event.
- Some employers may also ask you to submit your resume through their company website for their specific type of applicant tracking system. This is a growing trend due to a requirement that employers who maintain contracts with the federal government that are over a certain dollar amount must report detailed recruitment. This data is most easily collected through employers' online applicant tracking system.
Familiarize yourself with the employers
- Decide which employers you want to speak with and prioritize them.
- Research, research, research - a list of participating employers is available on our website two weeks prior to each event.
- Visit the employers websites
- Develop an introduction to use when meeting employers at career days and other networking events.
At the Career Fair
Come early in the day - employers are at their peak and there is less competition
- Bring a pen, folder or portfolio for your resumes, and perhaps a pad of paper.
- Carry as little as possible (no coats or backpacks, etc.)
- Turn off cell phones in the employer areas.
Approach employer representatives with confidence
- Introduce yourself, make good eye contact, and offer a firm handshake.
- Give the recruiter your resume and tell him/her about yourself and your career interests.
- Ask questions about job openings/descriptions, the organization, application procedures, etc.
- Collect business cards and employer literature.
Speak with as many employers as possible
- Visit your top choices first. Avoid standing in a long line to speak with one recruiter when you could talk with 3 or 4 others in the same time period.
After the Career Fair
Send a thank you letter or email message
- Thank employers for their time at the career day. Restate your interest to those employers in which you are particularly interested.
- Include a copy of your resume. Since most candidates will not follow up with employers after the career day, this will make you stand out.