Prepare a strategy for attending a job fair to get results. Start 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.
Network with other professionals at the fair. The candidates who can make an impression will usually be the ones selected for a formal interview or hired on the spot. A job fair can be a nerve-wracking experience because you meet diverse professionals at the career fair and all of them are looking for the equivalent thing: a job!
Don’t become intimidated and feel like you don’t stand a chance. Confidence is imperative to possess a winning job fair strategy.
Job Fair Strategies to Make a Sweeping Impression
Arrive Early On the Day of the Job Fair
Checking into the event before most job seekers will provide an excellent opportunity to visit all the booths and spend adequate time at each. Make sure you visit the booths you are most interested in first. Don’t waste time chatting to individuals representing companies you are interested in securing employment.
Carry Multiple Resume Copies with You
It’s advisable before the job fair to have your resume critiqued by a professional. Though it can be pricey, it is a worthwhile investment to have a flawless resume and cover letter to hand out. Bring enough resumes to distribute along with copies of various certificates.
Your attire should be professional. Since you will be standing in lines for a while, wear comfortable shoes. Before the day of the job fair, get sufficient sleep and to eat a healthy meal. Having energy and enthusiasm throughout the day will be indispensable to meet all the hiring representatives you selected.
Practice answering questions as if for any other interview.
Know which companies are attending and unearth more about the ones you are interested in by researching the company and finding more information about available positions. Bring along any questions you want to ask. Rehearse how you are going to answer the questions and, above all else, relax.
Competitiveness at the Job Fair
Talk and network with the other job hunters. Some of these individuals might be future coworkers. Talking eases tension and increases rapport. Gather business cards and make notes on the back of each. Business cards will help you identify each person when you meet them again.
Be Persistent After the Job Fair
Forward each interviewer a thank-you note via email or drop it off at the company office to thank them for their time. Sending a thank you letter will show your continued interest in their company, re-open the lines of communication, and will help the interviewer remember you. Plus it is a courteous and professional gesture.
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