Prepare a job fair strategy that gets results by researching companies and organizing what you need to bring to the career fair.
A career or job fair is a function where several companies from different industries come together to scout for new talent. At such an event, potential employees get the chance to showcase their skills and distribute their resumes to different companies.
You also get a chance to network with other professionals at the fair. The candidates who are able to make an impression are the ones who are hired. However, a job fair can be a nerve-wracking experience because you meet many professionals at the fair and all of them are looking for the same thing: a job! You can become intimidated and feel like you don’t stand a chance. This is why it’s important to have a winning job fair strategy.
Job Fair Strategies to Make a Great Impression
- On the day of the job fair, arrive early. This will give you a chance to visit all the booths and spend adequate time at each. Make sure you visit the booths that you are most interested in first. This will ensure that you do not waste time and you get to ask as many questions as you can.
- Carry multiple resume copies with you. However, it is advisable before the fair to have your resume critiqued by a professional. Though it can be pricey, it is a worthwhile investment to have a perfect resume and cover letter to hand out. You can also bring with you copies of various certificates. This will make you look prepared.
- Dress professionally, as you do not want to create a bad impression on your prospective employer. Your attire should be professional. Also, since you will be standing in lines for a while, wear comfortable shoes. Prior to the day of the job fair, get sufficient sleep and to eat a good meal so you will have energy for the day.
- Practice answering questions as if for any other interview. Know which companies are attending and find out more about the ones that you are interested in. Bring along any questions that you want to ask. Rehearse how you are going to answer the questions and, above all else, relax.
- Though there might be a certain degree of competitiveness at the job fair. Talk and network with the other job hunters. Some of these individuals might be future coworkers. Talking also eases tension. Gather business cards and make notes on the back of each. This will help you identify each person when you meet them again.
- Be persistent after the job fair. Send the interviewers thank-you emails for their time. This will show your continued interest in their company, re-open the lines of communication, and will also help the interviewer remember you.
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