Job fairs are great places to network, learn about companies and possibly land a job. If you plan on attending a job fair, we want to help you make the best of your experience. Be sure to take the following steps before, during, and after you attend a job fair.
1. Pre-register – Your first step should be to go online to pre-register for the event. Pre-registering and bringing your confirmation page with you saves you time at the door. If you forget to bring your confirmation page or just forget to pre-register, we recommend that you attend the event early, so you do not end up in a long line.
2. Research – In most cases, companies that host a job fair will list the employers that will be in attendance and possibly some of the positions that they are hiring for. You should take advantage of this by looking up these companies’ online reputations and reviewing the descriptions of the positions they’re offering. This gives you time to think of how you are going to sell yourself as the top candidate for these positions.
3. Rehearse – Make sure that you rehearse some of the more commonly asked interview questions. Rehearsing is essential, especially for those who can’t talk about their work history experience fluidly. Knowing how to answer the employers’ questions effectively improves your chances of leaving a lasting impression in their minds.
4. Bring Résumés – You should bring plenty of copies of your résumé for distribution to prospective employers. If you are attending a big job fair, it is recommended that you bring 25-40 copies. If you did research on attending employers and the positions that they are offering, you will have a better idea of how many copies that you’ll really need.
5. Engage with Employers – Remember that each encounter is equivalent to a first-round interview. These meetings are less formal but may be very vital in netting a job. These talks should be short because there are often long lines of anxious job seekers waiting for their turns with the employers. Make sure that you take notes on these conversations. If you land a follow-up interview with the recruiter that you talked with previously, notes will help you be consistent with what you told them before.
6. Follow-ups – As the conversation winds down, make sure you ask for a business card. You can either follow up with a letter or a phone call 24-48 hours later. This lets the recruiter know that you’re genuinely interested. The lasting impression you make may be enough to get you invited for a follow-up interview.
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