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Design Career Fair

Preparing for Career Fairs


In addition to the Design Career Fairs, there are several other career fairs hosted by Iowa State each year. For Spring 2022, both in-person and virtual events are being held for some fairs, and many ISU fairs will include employers seeking design majors. Detailed information about fairs and participating employers is available using CyHire, and filters at the top of the list will narrow to employers seeking specific majors. 

Prior to a fair, find the event and research employers and decide which booths to visit. For virtual fairs, also check your chat profile, upload your resume, and watch a video tutorial to learn how ISU’s virtual fairs work. Most employers will be using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and WebEx, so you may want to have the applications downloaded. Be ready to introduce yourself, share a resume and portfolio, discuss your qualifications, ask questions and express interest in the organization, and keep track of who you met and what you discussed. 

Big interview has informational videos to help you prepare to meet with employers, respond to questions, practice interviewing, and can provide instant feedback on answer delivery.

Spring 2022 Prep Sessions
TBD

Resume Reviews
Send your resume to designcareers@iastate.edu for quick feedback! Include a few times you could meet virtually or in-person for 10-15 minutes for feedback.

Spring 2022 Resources for Business Attire
Need a something to wear for an upcoming career fair or interview? Information for two events held each semester can be found below. A guide to deciphering “business” and “business casual” attire recommendations can be found here, and Big Interview also includes a video with suggestions for dressing to meet with potential employers.

ISU FREE POP-UP SHOP

Location: 1009 LeBaron Hall
Wednesday, January 26, 10am-Noon & 1-5pm
Thursday, January 27, 10am-Noon & 1-5pm

Need a shirt, tie, or a whole outfit for an upcoming career fair or interview? The pop-up shop will feature varying sizes and styles of gently-used business attire, accessories, and shoes. No questions asked. Hosted by the College Directors of Multicultural Student Success and funded by Student Government.

JC PENNY SUIT UP EVENT
Location: JCPenney at North Grand Mall (2901 N Grand Ave, Ames, IA)
Sunday, January 30, 2022 4:00-7:00 pm 
Bring your Student ID for discounts up to 60% off select careerwear and shoes. Prefer to shop online?
Check out the Suit Up page and text IOWASTATE to 67292 to get your coupon.