How to Prepare for the Lancers Care Volunteer Fair

How should I prepare?

  • Read the Exhibitor List to learn which organizations will be in attendance. Do further research by clicking through to the websites of organizations that interest you.
  • Prepare a list of questions ahead of time. Your goal is to demonstrate your interest in and knowledge about the organization.
  • Don’t ask for information that’s easily available on the employer’s website.
  • Be open to volunteering your time.  Recognize that exhibitors will not be promoting paid employment opportunities; however, it is still valuable to engage in conversation to learn about career paths within the organization and ways to get involved.
  • Prepare a resume that outlines your education, skills, and background in a clear and concise manner. Estimate the number of organizations you plan to visit and print twice as many resumes (unless you plan to visit all of them). 
  • Write and practice a 45- to 60-second “elevator pitch” to introduce yourself and market your education, skills, background, and motivation. Why would you be a good fit for an organization?

It’s Show Time: How to get the most out of your Lancers Care Volunteer Fair Experience

  • Be prepared to network effectively.
  • Carrying a portfolio will help you keep your materials organized.
  • Know that some organizations may not accept hardcopy resumes. If an employer asks you to instead submit an online application, this does not mean that you’re being brushed off.
  • You are being evaluated on more than just your resume, so dress and act professionally. You may be meeting your new supervisor for the first time, and you want to make an excellent first impression. Your purpose is to represent yourself well and create an opening for further contact.
  • Be aware of your manners and mannerisms.
  • Use a good, firm handshake and make direct eye contact.
  • Be friendly, speak clearly, be engaging, and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Keep an open mind. If you have time, you might learn something new by visiting organizations not originally on your list. If nothing else, you can practice initiating conversation.
  • Respect organizations’ materials and sample items. While most will have information resources and/or “giveaways” for you to take, some may have limited quantities. Always check with an employer before taking anything with you.
  • Be courteous. Represent yourself and your school well, and be respectful of your fellow students. Keep your questions brief if you notice a line forming.
  • Take notes of your conversations. Create reminders.
  • After you speak with an employer, thank them for their time.

Career Related Workshops   

The  Career Development & Experiential Learning office at the University of Windsor offers a variety of workshops to help you plan for a career and prepare for a job search.  These include:

  • Resume 101
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Tips

UWindsor students and alumni can register for workshops via mySuccess. Click here to view the current workshop schedule. Workshop details are also available on the Career Events Calendar in mySuccess.