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Preparing for a Career Fair

Click here to download a short presentation on how to prepare for any of our career fairs.

Please be prepared to show your University of Miami ID (CaneCard)

Toppel events are exclusive to University of Miami students + alumni only.

Dress Professionally (Mandatory)

You will succeed in creating the impression that you are serious about your future employment opportunities if you dress in appropriate business attire. It is absolutely necessary that both men and women wear conservative business suits. A well-groomed candidate with a professional resume will make a strong, positive impact on recruiters. Individuals who are not dressed in professional attire will not be allowed to enter the event.

Ask a Style Expert
Not sure if your outfit or accessory is appropriate for a career event? Let us help you! Send a picture with "Dress for Success" as the subject to our Toppel Style Experts and they will respond with their thoughts and suggestions.

Meet Recruiters & Ask Questions

Approach the recruiters confidently, introduce yourself, and shake the representative's hand. Be sure to establish eye contact and smile. Make a general statement about yourself, such as,

"I am in the School/College of ..........., with a concentration in .............. and will be graduating in December/May of .................. I would like to know more about career opportunities within your company."

Make sure you get their business card to follow up later. The more recruiters you speak with, the more skilled you will become at presenting yourself in professional settings.

Bring Plenty of Resumes

A professional resume is an important aspect in the overall impression you make. The resume should be well written, follow established resume development guidelines, and be professional in appearance. Make sure that the information reflected in your resume is clear and exclude any typographical or grammatical errors.

Visit Toppel (located at 5225 Ponce de Leon Blvd.) for walk-in advising for a resume or cover letter critique, mini mock interview, and LinkedIn profile critique.  Walk-in advising schedule: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Summer hours: Monday - Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm)

Send follow-up Letters

Ask for a business card before leaving an employer. 

This will ensure that you have the representative's proper contact information.  Make sure to send a follow-up letter/e-mail within a week of the event. Be sure to remind each recruiter that you met him/her at a University of Miami Career Event. You may wish to include a copy of your resume.

Register with HireACane

Make sure to create a profile and upload a resume before the event. Through your HireACane account you will have access to register for career events, research what companies and organizations are attending, schedule advising appointments and more.

Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610