10 QUESTIONS for:

Career Fair Success

How do I best prepare for the Career Fairs?

CACS provides plenty of opportunities to help you prepare. If you haven’t yet taken the Career Management course and it’s being offered for your program this semester, now may be the time to enroll! You should also plan to work with your adviser to polish your resume and hone your networking and interviewing skills. Sessions will also be held on how to specifically prepare for the Career Fair; watch for announcements!

Be sure to research the organizations that will take part in the fair and prepare thoughtful comments and questions for representatives you hope to speak with. Then, on the actual day: arrive well-rested, ready to be am active listener as well as an articulate speaker.

What time should I arrive to the Career Fair?

  • Monterey TILM Career Fair:  the doors will open for MIIS students and alumni at 9:30 a.m. and they will remain open until 12:00 p.m.  The Career Fair will finish at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive early to take full advantage of this networking opportunity. Students, remember to bring your MIIS ID to be admitted. 
  • San Francisco Policy & Management Career Fair: the doors will open for MIIS students at 2:30 p.m. and will remain open until 4:30 p.m.  The Career Fair will finish at 4:30 p.m. and a reception with employers and alumni will follow on the premises until 5:45 p.m.  Arrive early to take full advantage of this networking opportunity. Students, alumni, faculty and staff: please remember to bring your MIIS ID and a government-issued ID (Passport, DMV license) to be admitted to the SF Federal Building. 
  • Washington DC Policy & Management Career Fair : the doors will open for MIIS students and alumni at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open until 11:00 a.m.  

How do I get to the Career Fair venue?

  • Monterey TILM Career Fair: The Monterey Conference Center is a four-minute walk from campus. The event will be in the Serra I Ballroom right inside the main entrance.
  • San Francisco Policy & Management Career Fair: Door-to-door coach transportation will be available to and from the venue in San Francisco.  We will depart from MIIS campus at 11:00 a.m. and return at approximately 8:00 p.m.  Starting February 2nd, MIIS students may reserve a seat at CACS with a cash payment of $30. (Note: this nominal fee offsets the expense of the coach.  CACS is subsidizing the balance.)  If you choose to carpool, fly or take other private or public transportation to San Francisco, please note that parking near the Federal Building can be challenging and expensive.  For convenience, please do consider riding with us in the coach!
  • Washington DC Policy & Management Career Fair: The fair will be part of the Spring Break in DC week of events.  Participants will arrive to the Middlebury in DC Center on their own.

How many organizations will participate in the Career Fairs?

A total of 100+ organizations will engage with MIIS students and alumni. We are prepared to host:

  • 55 organizations at the Monterey Conference Center
  • 25 organizations at the San Francisco Federal Building
  • 20 organizations at the Middlebury in DC Center

What if I know of a specific organization for MIIS to invite to the Career Fair?

We in CACS are always receptive to new organizations.  Our contact database is ever-growing!  If you have a specific contact at an organization which you think will be a good match for MIIS students and alumni, please do forward the contact to our Director of Outreach & Employer Relations, Dayton Hughes:  dhughes@miis.edu

What should I bring to the Career Fair?

Resumes, business cards, notebook or folio (the MIIS folios in the Simoneau House are great!), writing utensils, breath mints, MIIS ID Card and a positive attitude are encouraged but optional. If you are considering printing your own business cards, your CACS adviser can provide information on developing an appropriate card for the event. 

How should I dress for the Career Fair?

Dress for success! We are members of a professional graduate school. For both your own professional image and as a courtesy to our employers and your fellow job seekers, please wear the professional attire associated with formal interviews: suits, jackets and close-toed shoes. Honoring this dress code will be appreciated. 

What information do I include in my "elevator pitch"?

When you approach an employer, it's a good idea to be prepared with an elevator pitch to introduce yourself. First learn a bit about the organization and what types of opportunities they have available before you launch into your pitch. Clearly state your name, program of study and career mission in a short, concise statement. The more you practice, the more natural and confident you will sound.

If there is a line of people waiting, should I just drop off my resume?

NO! It is important to connect with the organizations and learn about them rather than assume they will be interested in you. If you are truly interested in the organization, you should wait in line and engage in a genuine interaction. Career karma is real. Remember: people get jobs, resumes don't.

How do I follow up after the Career Fair?

It’s always smart to send a thank-you note to each organization with which you engaged in a quality conversation. Sent within days, this will gently remind the person of your potential value to their organization and spark continued conversation.  Your role is to build your network.  Consider asking for their permission to connect virtually through LinkedIn.