Before career events

Browse tips, resources and workshops before your career event.

Plan your experience

Research companies and schools

There will be over 100 organizations attending the West Coast Virtual Fair in October and over 50 organizations at the one-day UBC Career Day Virtual Fair in November. There are also annual departmental and faculty-specific career initiatives. Practicing quality over quantity is a great way to connect meaningfully with organizations and employers that are of the most interest to you.

Prepare yourself for conversations by asking questions like the following:

  • What are this company’s goals and priorities?
  • What does this company value or care about?

The more you know about a company the better equipped you are to demonstrate how you will be a good fit with their culture and goals.


Check to see if the employers that interest you have a current job posting on CareersOnline. If they do, write a cover letter and resume targeted to that job and bring them to the fair.

Prepare your questions

There are lots of reasons to attend career fairs. You may be looking for a part-time or summer job, hoping to explore your options, or looking to expand your network.

Identifying what’s motivating you to attend will help you decide who you talk to, what to discuss, and which elements of the event to attend. What would you like to know?  What are the key questions you want to ask?

Have your resume reviewed

Career Peer Coaches are trained to help you effectively express important qualifications, characteristics, skills, and experiences, on your resume.

Drop-in at the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers to meet with a Career Peer Coach or book a same day appointment through CareersOnline.

Practice your pitch

The key to standing out in a crowd is to share what makes you unique. Get comfortable communicating about who you are and what you are up to. Remember, confidence takes preparation and practice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How should I dress?

Business casual. No need for 3 piece suits and blazers, but put some extra attention into your outfit and personal presentation. Avoid shorts, torn denim, t-shirts, sneakers and other casual items.

What should I bring?

Copies of your resume, a list of important questions or curiosities, an open mind, and a willingness to share about your experiences, interests, and skills

What should I expect?

Employers will have their own booth where they may give away swags, answer questions, and be able to introduce you to available positions. There will be maps that help you find who you are looking for and other resources, including UBC staff available for any support you need.

Additional resources

Additional resources