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Career Fairs

Preparing for Career Fairs

In addition to Design Conversations & Connections and the Design Career Fair, there are many other career fairs hosted by Iowa State each year. Most include employers seeking design students. Information about all fairs and employers is available using CyHire. Filters at the top of the list will narrow to employers seeking specific majors. 

Prior to any event: Use CyHire to view employers, event details, RSVP if available, and decide which booths to visit. 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.

APPOINTMENTS: view times using CyHire or email designcareers@iastate.edu

Virtual fairs

ISU virtual fairs use both CyHire and video meetings hosted by employers. Most employers will be using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and WebEx, so you may want to have the applications downloaded.
Prior to events: Use CyHire to view employers, see a video tutorial, complete your chat profile, and upload your resume.
During events: Log into CyHire, find the event, set your status to online, join employers’ queues to chat, then wait for notifications to follow employers’ instructions to meet. 

Sample instructions 


Resources for Business Attire

Need a something to wear for an upcoming career fair or interview? Two events for free and discounted attire are held each semester. 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
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Location: 1009 LeBaron Hall
Open to all students offering free, gently-used business attire. Hosted by the College Directors of Multicultural Student Success and funded by Student Government

JC PENNY SUIT UP EVENT
Sunday, September 18: 3:00-6:00 pm

Location: JCPenney at North Grand Mall (2901 N Grand Ave, Ames, IA)
Use 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 while the promotion is active to receive your coupon.