Preparing for Career Fairs
In addition to the Design Career Fairs, there are several other career fairs hosted by Iowa State each year. Sometimes both in-person and virtual events are held for some fairs, and many ISU fairs not hosted by the College of Design will include employers seeking design majors. Detailed information about all ISU fairs and participating employers is available using CyHire; use filters at the top of the list to 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.
ISU virtual fairs use both CyHire and video meetings hosted by employers using their preferred platforms (Zoom, Teams, WebEx, etc). Use CyHire to see the current employers list, view a video demo, and complete your chat profile, then log in when the event begins to join employers’ queues to chat.
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Sessions to prepare
Coffee, Cookies & Career Fairs!
Thursday, Feb. 3, , 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Stop by the NE area of the College of Design Atrium to ask any questions about career fairs, get your resume reviewed, practice or create your introduction, learn more about career-related resources.
Rapid Resume Reviews
Send your resume to email@example.com for quick feedback! Include a few times you could meet virtually or in-person for 10-15 minutes.
Schedule a meeting with career services
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by 297 Design to schedule an appointment.
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
Location & dates for Fall 2022: TBD
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)
Date and time for Fall 2022: TBD
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.