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Creative Fair: Students

2020 Creative Career Fair

Thursday, February 20th, 2020 ~ 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

General Information

Career Fairs are only open to University of Pennsylvania students and alumni served by the Career Services office.

Penn’s Creative Fair will feature opportunities in creative careers such as arts, entertainment, advertising, publishing & journalism. Please bring copies of your resume. Participating industries include:

Arts/Entertainment | Media/Communications | Marketing | Fashion/Retail


To view participating employers, the event map, and more, download the mobile app on iTunes or Google Play.


1. Dress appropriately. This event is business casual.

2. Do your homework before you go. Research the companies attending by browsing through Handshake.

3. Review the organization’s descriptions and the positions that are available both through the Handshake and the Penn Career Fair + app

4. When you get to Houston Hall, decide which companies you will see first. Before you approach a table, think about the research you’ve done for a minute:

  • What do you already know about the employer?
  • Think of questions that you can ask to help you understand what the organization is seeking and to learn of their hiring timelines and processes.
  • Be prepared to give a brief summary of the type of work you are seeking.
  • Be prepared to say a little bit about yourself (interests, projects, research, goals, etc.)

5. Approach recruiters! Don’t be nervous, the recruiters are here to speak with you. Be sociable and professional.

6. Be prepared to initiate conversation, by asking questions or saying something that gives the person an invitation to talk. The idea is to converse with employers, not to just have a question & answer session. Your conversation should last for about a minute and a half.

7. Introduce yourself and thank the employer for attending. Shake hands and make eye contact.

8. Be aware of others waiting. If you determine that you are not particularly interested in working for this organization, thank the recruiter for his/her time and walk on. If you are very interested, say something like, “I’d like to speak with you further, but I see that you have others waiting. May I come back later to see if you have more time?”

9. Be discreet in talking about employers. Even if you know the recruiter keep in mind that they represent the employer now. All conversations should be on a professional level.

10. Provide the employer with your resume. Bring plenty of copies.

11. Some organizations will bring promotional gift items. Don’t take more than you can carry inconspicuously and don’t take take one if you haven’t spoken with the recruiter.

12. Ask for the recruiter’s business card and follow up via email within 24 hours to thank them for their time.

13. If you want to pursue a job with a recruiter, make sure you know what to do next (ie. fill out an application form, send a letter of recommendation, etc.)