DiversityFIRST™ Career Fair: For Candidates

Candidates will find the DiversityFIRST Career Fair an excellent place to connect with top tier companies and opportunities at organizations that value the talent in the region. This career fair encourages meaningful connections both with employers and other candidates. Use this as an opportunity to grow your professional network.

In addition to access to top companies and opportunities, here�s what candidates can expect from participation in the career fair:

  • Exposure through a secure resume database
  • Job board with job postings and ability to apply in advance of event
  • Networking with employers


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

10:00am - 3:30pm : Career Fair Open to Candidates

Registration- FREE for Candidates

There is no cost for candidates to attend this event. Please register at www.diversityfirstjobs.com. Register as a Job Seeker. By registering, employers will have beforehand access to your resume. You will also have the opportunity to review open positions at participating employers.


On-site registration will be available; however, advance registration is strongly encouraged and will accelerate the check-in process.

Map & Directions

Huntington Club Rooms (located on the West side of the stadium between Gates 17-23)

Maps & directions can be found at http://www.osu.edu/map/building.php?building=082

Parking: Tuttle Garage - http://tp.osu.edu/visitorsmain/parking/garages/tuttle.shtml

Career Fair Check In

You will be able to check in on Wednesday morning, beginning at 10am. Check in occurs in the lobby of the Huntington Club Rooms.

Opportunities to Volunteer

To sign up to volunteer, contact Kera McMiller at [email protected] . Volunteer opportunities available for Wednesday, October 23, 4pm-7pm and Thursday, October 24, 8am-4:30pm.

Important Reminders

Review the checklists below to ensure that your experience is optimal:

Before the Fair

  • Meet with a career advisor to discuss your readiness and personal conference strategy
  • Register for conference, make travel arrangements
  • Review resume, be ready to engage in conversation
  • Practice your 30-second pitch/personal introduction AND resume walk-through
  • Practice STAR, behavioral interview skills (conduct a practice interview)
  • Identify target companies (tier A and tier B) and firm-specific goals
  • Research target companies
  • For each tier A firm, talk with an alum or contact in advance, if possible

During the Fair

  • Arrive early and map out the landscape, identify locations of target firms
  • Warm up with lower-priority firms
  • Use checklist to note where you achieved actions, take notes, collect and distribute business cards
  • Refresh as needed, take breaks, get fresh air, coffee, etc.
  • Touch base with advisor as needed for questions, on-site practice, etc.
  • Share and seek information with fellow students

After the Fair

  • Review previously-defined goals and notes for each firm; clarify short- and long-term action items
  • Write timely thank-you notes/emails to key contacts
  • Identify areas for further development such as pitch, interviewing skills - practice, refine

Key Tools - Don�t Forget Them

  • Resumes - 40 minimum
  • Portfolio/Padfolio
  • Nice pen
  • Business cards
  • Holder for the business cards you will collect
  • School Name Badge