As job fair season heats up, it is important for students attending job fairs to find ways to stand out from the crowd, and make the most out of their meetings with potential employers.

Here's a 10-step plan to take advantage of the upcoming job fairs:

1. Pick a job fair(s) in your niche of interest (i.e. Government Fair, Environmental Expo, Non-Profit Fair, or an all encompassing fair such as the Suffolk Connections Fair)
2. Research specific employers and jobs of interest prior to the event
3. Develop your 30 - 60 second commercial about you and your credentials
4. Dress appropriately
5. Introduce yourself to employers, pitch your 30 -60 second commercial and engage in a brief conversation about the employer's needs, your background/skill set, and the potential for a match
6. Ask the recruiter for their business card at the end of the meeting
7. Take any pertinent notes immediately following the conversation and before moving to the next employer
8. Send a thank you letter and email note to targeted employers, reinforcing your related skills, experience, and credentials
9. Follow-up a week later
10. Persist until you land an interview

Utilize this plan at the upcoming Government Career Expo, on February 16, and the Non-profit Career Fair on February 23. For information about these and other upcoming events, visit the event section of