/ Asked by Patrick
There is a career fair that is happening at my university, but I have already accepted an internship for the summer. Should still go to the career fair and get my name out there, or would it not be right to attend and make for more competition for other applicants. If its ok for me to go, do I tell the possible employers that I have an internship but am looking for a full time job after college?
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Monday, March 10, 2014
Congratulations on your internship position!  Career fairs can be utilized for a variety of reasons, with networking being one of them.  I recommend attending the career fair to network with different employers and learn more about different industries.  It is appropriate to share that you already have an internship position, but are starting early to learn more about full-time positions.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Thanks for your question.  

You should definitely plan to attend the career fair.

A career fair is a terrific opportunity for you to share your background and experiences with employers and also for you to learn about employers for future consideration.  It is perfectly okay to talk with employers, tell them you have accepted an internship for this summer, and let them know that you want to learn more about their companies and opportunities.  

Navigating and utilizing the opportunities presented at a career fair is a skill.  The more practice you get now, the better you will be at it when you are actively looking for your next opportunity.

All the best! 
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
First of all, congratulations on your internship! I would highly recommend still attending the career fair, it is a great time and place for you to network with potential future employers. I would agree with you, let them know that you have accepted an internship for the summer and will be looking for full time work after college. Take this time to learn more about the companies present since you will be looking for something in the future. Even though you are not looking for work today, remember this is your first impression! Dress to impress, have your resume ready and be prepared to interview on the spot.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 14, 2014
It is absolutely acceptable for you to attend the career fair.  A key element of you job search will be networking.  Be up front with anyone that you speak with and let them know you already have an internship, but are looking for a full time position upon graduation, but have those conversations.  Speak with as many people as you can, get their names, connect with them through LinkedIn or other means, and maintain a dialogue with them throughout the year.  This approach will present you with many options to choose from when the time comes to determine that full-time position after you graduate.
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Congratulations on your internship! I would suggest going to the Career Fair. While you are not currently seeking opportunities, you might meet a company you are interested in for the future. Networking is a tool for your career.
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