The Lazarus Center takes part in several career fairs and interview days to help introduce students to a larger, more varied employer base. Employers that do not recruit on campus will often participate in these events. Students can find helpful advice in “Tips for a Successful Career Fair.” Smith hosts the following two annual fairs, and see additional fair listings for the spring and fall.
Spring Career Fairs
Smith College Life Sciences, Technology & Engineering Fair
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Smith College Campus Center Carroll Room
Smith College is hosting its annual Life Sciences, Technology & Engineering Fair, where a variety of science-related and engineering organizations will speak to students about full-time and internship positions. Hosted by the Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development.
UMass Amherst Career Blast – Campus-Wide Job & Internship Fair
UMass Campus Center Lower Level, Amherst, MA
Over 130 employers offering internships, co-ops or full-time positions. Open to all majors, all level students. Professional dress is encouraged.
MIT European Career Fair
The ECF is a unique opportunity for students to expand their network or to find an exciting position in Europe. Online registration, resume upload and entry to the fair are FREE. The MIT European Career Fair is the largest of its kind; every year thousands of candidates meet about 100 companies, universities and research organizations from the science, technology and engineering and the finance/consulting sectors.
Massachusetts Educational Recruiting Consortium (MERC) Career Fair
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
George Sherman Union, Boston University
Smith students and alums of all majors and experience levels are invited to the MERC fair featuring 100+ employers from public, independent, and international schools and a variety of education non-profits focused on behavioral and mental health among other areas. Teacher certification is not required for many of the employers who are broadly located in New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, other states, and abroad.Visit the MERC website to pre-register for this free event and to view participating employers and openings. Those attending should also download the know.careers app for the most up-to-date list of participants.
Nemnet Diversity Career Fairs for Educators
Nemnet regional Diversity Career Fairs provide employers an opportunity to increase their exposure and access to qualified teachers, administrators and coaches of color while maximizing limited recruitment dollars. Job seekers have an opportunity to meet and interview with over 200 public and private schools (K-12) nationwide.
Fall Career Fairs
UMass Amherst Tech Jobs & Internships Fair
UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium
Don't miss out on the opportunity to talk to employers interested in hiring you for full-time, internship, and co-op positions.
Smith College Fall Career Fair
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Smith College Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) Facility
Meet with recruiters from corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internships, full-time jobs and graduate/professional school opportunities. Students of all class years and recent alumnae are welcome to attend. Hosted by the Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development.
Massachusetts Green Career Conference
Meet employers, green-career-ready candidates, experts and learners all in one place. Connect with stakeholders from business, education, government, and nonprofits. Take home ideas, best practices, and resources.
Westfield State University Career Fairs
Government, Criminal Justice & Non-Profit Career Fair
Business, Communications & Technology Career Fair
UMass Amherst Life Sciences/Biotech Internship & Career Fair
Meet a variety of organizations seeking all level UMass students for internships and job opportunities in the life sciences and biotech industries. Co-hosted by College of Natural Sciences, Engineering Career Development & Experiential Learning and Central Career Services. Bring resumes; business casual dress.
UMass Amherst Non-Profit and Public Service Internship & Career Fair
UMass Amherst Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge
Non-profits need staff who are dedicated to the mission and vision of their organizations, and that includes staff in areas such as Finance, IT, PR & Marketing, Policy, Research, Media, Human Resources, Accounting, Client Relations, Logistics, and Legal departments. Your skills can be put to use working on a cause you really care about.
UMass Amherst Criminal Justice Fair
UMass Amherst Campus Center room 163
Bender Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities
This virtual career fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Interact with employers via chat sessions. End-to-end accessible technology platform. Save time and money. No business suit or travel required. No printed out resumes necessary.
Tips for a Successful Career Fair
Before the Fair
Career fairs provide job seekers a way to explore opportunities from many companies in one location. It's a great way to learn about job openings, research organizations and practice your interviewing and networking skills.
- Do your homework. Spend time researching the organizations at the fair. Employers love talking to candidates who are familiar with their company and business. You'll come across as intelligent and interested.
- Get your resume in order. Create and/or refine your resume and bring several clean, crisp copies to hand out.
- Prepare a sound bite. Create a one-minute "sound bite" that summarizes your skills, goals, experience and the kind of company with which you want to associate. Practice this until you are comfortable using it as your opening. Anticipate interview questions and practice your responses.
During the Career Fair
- Plan the day. Relax and plan on spending time at the fair. Career fairs are not that frequent so plan your time well. Try to avoid standing in long lines. Go early if possible because the first hour is usually the slowest.Ease into it. Visit your lower priority companies first. This way you can practice and fine-tune your approach. When you're ready, proceed to the top priority employers on your list.
- Keep it lively. The lines may be daunting, but don't fair to maximize the opportunity. Talk to every company that fits your experience and ambitions. If you meet with 10 recruiters, at the end of the day you will know 10 people by name. That sure beats sending a blind resume to “Personnel Director.”
- Shake hands firmly and introduce yourself when you speak with a company representative. This is your chance to make the best first impression.
- Network. Talk to both employers and other job candidates. If you are standing in line, don't be shy to talk to the people in line. More jobs are filled by networking than by any other means.
- Avoid the shopping spree. Many companies give out freebies at their booths. It's OK to pick up an item or two, but don't give the impression that you are shopping for your dorm.
- Get the interviewer's business card and then be sure to follow up. If an interview goes well, you should follow up with a letter within a couple days that reinforces the points you made and the facts you learned. Always refer to the date and location of the job fair. Highlight parts of the conversation that stood out to make it easy for them to remember you. Always include a copy of your resume.