A job fair is a great way for job seekers to connect with multiple employers and see what employment opportunities are available.
Sometimes it’s possible to walk away with a job offer!
So what can job seekers do to prepare for a job fair?
We can help.
We’ve compiled some tips and best practices to help you have success at the next job fair you attend.
Tips for job fair success:
1. Do your research.
Find out which companies are going to attend. If possible, try to learn the layout so you can easily locate the employers you want to connect with first.
2. Plan for travel.
Make sure you know where the venue is and how long it will take you to get there. Not only will it eliminate some possible stress, especially if you’ve never been to the area before, it will also ensure you arrive on time so you can connect more quickly with the employers you want to meet!
3. Bring copies of your resume.
Come prepared with multiple copies of your resume. Before printing, make sure you proofread your resume, or have someone else proofread for you. (No need to list references on your resume. Just be sure you know who you can use as a reference if requested—and that you have their consent.)
4. Have an “elevator pitch” prepared.
You may not have a lot of time to talk at a job fair, so make it count. Be ready to explain (briefly) who you are, your professional goals, what you’re looking for in your next position, what makes you qualified and why you’d be a great addition to the team.
5. Dress for the role.
What you wear to a job fair can make a positive—or negative—impression, so make sure you wear something that is clean, neat and puts you in the right mindset. Think about the role you want and lean in that direction. If in doubt, it’s always better to overdress than underdress.
6. Ask questions.
Employers want to know that you’re curious about the position as well as the business. Research the companies you’re really interested in beforehand. Use what you learn about their mission, vision and purpose to ask specific questions about the business, the role or the work environment.
7. Be yourself.
Being professional doesn’t mean you have to hide your personality. Employers want to meet the real you. They’re more likely to remember you if you can be yourself, and it’ll provide a clearer picture of how you’ll fit in with the team.
Preparation is key to having success at a job fair. And following the tips above will help you feel better equipped to make the most of a job fair and give you the confidence you need to explore opportunities that are the right fit for you.
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