Wednesday, March 22, from 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Penn State Altoona's Downtown Campus
Third floor of the Penn Building
1444 11th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
Join us for our Penn State Altoona Business Career Fair. This event scheduled for business students looking for internships and employment opportunities will provide you the best way to reach the most students.
Students from our Accounting, Data Analytics, Entrepreneurial, and Marketing/Management programs will be attending this event as well as first- and second-year students pursuing a wide range of business majors.
Information for Students
Career Fair Attire
Business Professional Attire
What is Business Professional?
- Suit (dress pants or skirt and a blazer or jacket) Suits in neutral colors are best.
- Solid-colored blouse or dress shirt
- Tie (depending on choice of shirt/blouse)
- Shoes (heals or flats), close-toed
- Belt (if pant or skirt have belt loops)
Students may visit the Career Service Office in room 203 of the Slep Student Center to borrow professional attire from the Career Closet.
Each company you talk to has a different culture; being more conservative will ensure that you are well-received by all organizations.
Limit distracting accessories, fragrances, or anything too brightly colored. The focus should be on your experience. Be yourself but be sure to avoid distracting attire.
Keep hair out of your face so recruiters can see your smile and make natural eye contact.
Press your clothes prior to the event to be sure you don’t let wrinkles ruin your professional appearance.
Be kind to your feet, and make sure to wear shoes that are clean, polished, and comfortable. Unsightly bandaids and awkward movements can distract from the conversation.
The Career Services Career Closet lends students, free of charge, appropriate interview attire for interviews, career fairs, and networking events. When entering a job interview or networking event, much of one's first impression is based on appearance. That first impression is crucial. The Career Closet ensures that all Penn State students are able to dress to impress and can feel confident at their next career-related event.
All clothing items are professionally dry-cleaned so you’ll be ready to go when you walk out the door.
The career closet is open by appointment only.
Appointments will be scheduled Monday–Thursday from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 814-949-5047 or email [email protected]
The following are the companies attending the career fair. We will continue to add participating companies. Please continue to check back regularly for the most up-to-date company list.
Preparing for the Career Fair
Wear professional attire.
Update your resume. If you need help creating or brushing up your resume, make an appointment with our career counselor.
Schedule an appointment by contacting one of the Career Service Staff below:
- Rebecca Maguda: [email protected] or 814-949-5059
- Sherri McGregor: [email protected] or 814-949-5047
Sign up for or update your LinkedIn profile. A counselor is available to assist with your LinkedIn Profile or see these tips for building a profile.
Prepare your Elevator Pitch. Need help? See below or schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
Review the company list and determine which companies you want to speak with during the fair.
Research the company, check out their website, view recent news and current employment opportunities, view their LinkedIn page and search their employees.
Print multiple copies of your resume to share with employers. Need your resume printed? The career service office has resume paper and printing services available.
- Introduce Yourself. Give your name, major, year in school or when you are completing your degree. Keep it simple and to the point.
- What makes you unique? Describe some work/internship/ volunteer experience as it relates to your industry and how it might benefit the employer.
- What is your goal? State your career goal or the types of positions you are interested in and the skills you would like to apply.
- What do you know about the company? Do company research ahead of time and show the employer your interest by telling them what you know.
- Make a strong conclusion. Provide the employer with your resume and ask for a business card or contact information so you can follow up with a thank-you note.
After the Career Fair
Send a handwritten or email note to each employer you met with at the fair.
Include something you talked about, provide any missing information or documents you discussed, and request additional information if needed.
Tips for First- and Second-year Students
Plan to attend the networking reception and the career fair to talk about what opportunities exist for your major or career interest.
Business casual attire is recommended.
Update your resume. Employers may provide feedback on resumes and skill building for future fairs. If you need help creating or brushing up your resume, make an appointment with our career counselor.
Rebecca Maguda: [email protected] or 814-949-5059
Call 814-949-5047 today to schedule an appointment.
Prepare and practice an elevator speech; it will make it easier to introduce yourself to the recruiters.
Register for the Business Career Fair
Arrival and Check-in
The event will be held at our Penn State Altoona Downtown Campus, Penn Building, 1444 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601. There will be a loading/unloading area reserved in the Penn State Altoona Employee Parking. Park in one of the designated areas to unload. After you unload, parking is available in the Parking Authority Lot (parking permit and parking information will be provided at registration.)
Your reserved table/location will be labeled. Career service staff will be available to assist with questions and set-up.
Career Fair Booth Dimensions and Set-Up
Your area will be equipped with one six-foot table and two chairs. Please contact our office if you require additional space or haven’t already requested an electric hook-up. If you think you might need an extension cord for your display, please bring it with you; the facility is unable to provide extension cords.
If you would like to send any materials/giveaways for the fair ahead of time, please have them delivered by Monday, March 20.
To ensure that any pre-shipped materials arrive without delay and are waiting for you at your booth on the day of the Fair, please make sure that your company or organization name and the number of packages you have sent are clearly marked on the outside of each box or package (e.g., "ABC Company, 1 of 2"). Address all materials for pre-shipment to:
Business Career Fair, [Your Employer Name]
c/o Debbie Flaig
1431 12th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
Finally, be sure to bring along the tracking numbers you used when you initially shipped your packages—in case something is lost, the tracking numbers will help you determine whether or not the package ever actually arrived!—and return labels for your preferred carrier so you can have your remaining materials or items shipped back to your workplace the day after the Fair.
Employers are responsible for arranging any needed return shipping of materials to their workplace following the Fair. Please bring return shipping labels with you for the carrier of your choice.
Once you have packed up your booth, please see one of the Career Service staff to assist with arrangements to have your materials picked up for return.
For More Information
Contact Career Services at 814-949-5047 or email Sherri McGregor at [email protected].