Career Fair Tips
Regardless of whether you land an interview with a company, get hired right there on the spot, or walk away empty-handed, use each and every contact you make as an opportunity to introduce yourself, make connections with people in your chosen industry, and build your network of contacts which will help build professional relationships. Talk with any professional associations that may be present, drop off your resume with any employment agencies looking to fill positions. You never know what contact can make your dream interview appear!
Make a career fair work for you!
Be Serious! Yes, a job fair may be nothing more than a series of booths set up to introduce you to a variety of companies and a place for you to drop your business card into a raffle. But more often than not, whether you know it or not, a job fair can turn into an on-the-spot interview for YOU. Being serious about attending a job fair means: 1) Dressing appropriately and professionally, 2) Greeting people directly with a firm handshake and a professional but warm smile and plenty of eye contact.
Create a self commercial: Create a script of what you want to say, how you will introduce yourself, and what questions you will ask. You may want to practice your “script” first with family, friends, or career center staff.
- The first table you approach should not be your top choice. Practice and get your bearing first. This will help guarantee you will make a solid impression with whomever you meet.
- If you exchange business cards with someone, write down the date of the meeting and what the event was on the back of the card.
- Whenever appropriate, leave your resume.
- Ask what their application process is and if it would be possible to schedule an interview.
Do your homework! Whenever, possible, find out what companies will be attending and then research these companies. It will help you be able to generate conversations with recruiters and building rapport.
Send a Thank You card or email. If a recruiter took some time to talk to you at the event, let them know it was appreciated. This is also a good way to keep in contact with prospective employers and build your professional network.