Job fairs offer a great opportunity to meet representatives from multiple companies in one place during a short period of time. You should always be prepared and these five tips below will help get you on the right track!
1. Update Your Elevator Speech
When approaching a recruiter you’ll be asked one of the most telling questions, “What type of work are you interested in doing?” While you may be eager for any position available, it’s best to talk to the recruiter about jobs you’ve had in the past and what things interest you. Being able to articulate the previous positions you’ve held will give the recruiter a lot more insight to see if you match with any of their open positions.
2. Put Together A Game Plan BEFORE The Day Of The Fair
Make sure you know the date, time, and location of the fair you plan on attending. Be sure to review parking availability and public transportation to the location if need be. If you know which companies will be participating, do a little homework beforehand to see which ones interest you the most. Make a list of your top choices and visit those first when you arrive. Job fairs are a bit tiring for both the employer and the participant, it’s best to approach the ones you are realyl interested in when you are both fresh.
3. Bring Extra Copies Of Your Resume
It’s best to have an ample amount of copies of your resume with you at the job fair. Another possibility is to bring various versions of your resume especially if you are interested in more than one career field or area of expertise.
4. Dress To Impress
It’s important that you make a strong first impression. It’s going to be a long day, but it’s very important to dress professional. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You may not need to wear a suit, but athletic attire and casual clothing is never a good idea.
5. Ask Questions
Be sure to have questions ready for the recruiters. Time may be a bit tight, especially if the job fair is really crowded. Recruiters should be able to give you a rough estimate for how long it will take for the company to contact you if they are interested in bringing you in for an interview.
If a particular company or position stood out to you at the job fair, continue your research and follow up with the recruiter a few days after the event to show your interest in the position.