This http://www.WorkTree.com career article
will give you some great tips on successfully navigating thru
career fairs. This issue will quickly cover the
A) Purpose of Career Fairs
B) How To Best Prepare
C) Tips & Strategies During The Fair
D) Career Fair Follow-Up
A) PURPOSE OF CAREER FAIRS
Career fairs are designed to provide job seekers a way
to explore career opportunities within a variety of companies
at one location.Job seekers should take advantage of these
fairs to be better informed about the job market. Career
fairs must be a part of your overall job search process. It's
a great way to learn about job openings,research companies
and practice your interviewing and networking
B) HOW TO BEST PREPARE
Its important to make the most of your time at career
fairs. There will be many employers and even more job seekers
vying for attention so its critical that you prepare in
advance of setting foot into the career
Here are 5 tips that can help you be well prepared:
#1 - PRIORITIZE
Find out what companies are going to be attending prior
to the day of the career fair and identify and prioritize the
top companies that you definitely want to visit.
#2 - RESEARCH
Spend a little time researching these companies; the
more you know the better. Use the Internet, library, etc.
Employers love talking to candidates who are familiar with
their company and business. It also makes you look
smart. Candidates who are knowledgeable about a company come
across as intelligent and interested.
#3 - YOUR RESUME
Create and/or refine your resume and bring many, many
clean, crisp copies to handout. This is very
#4 - APPROACH
Create a one-minute introduction that summarizes your
skills, goals, experience, etc. Practice this
until you are comfortable using this as your opening.
The career fair will present many mini interviews and
you need to be prepared for this. Anticipate interview
questions and practice your responses.
#5 - APPEARANCE
Dress professionally - don't wear shorts and
sandals. Use good judgment in what you wear and project
professionalism. Bring a nice folder to carry your
resumes and a notepad and pen for taking notes.
C) TIPS & STRATEGIES DURING THE FAIR
Follow these tips below and you are on your way to a
more productive career fair.
- Relax and plan on spending time at the fair. Career fairs
are not that frequent so plan your time well. Try to avoid
standing in long lines. Go early if possible because the
first hour is usually the slowest.
- Always request business cards or at least get an email
address so that you can follow-up and pursue leads.
- When you get to actually talk to a company representative
remember to shake hands firmly and introduce yourself. This
is your chance to make the best first impression.
- Be mentally prepared with a list of question to keep the
conversation flowing. Ask about the company, the industry,
what job opportunities exist, etc. Always try to relate
your skills and experience to the company or jobs that may be
open at the company.
- Visit companies outside your industry. You will be
surprised at how many companies hire in all types of
professions (ie. hospitals, banks, etc.)
- Visit your lower priority companies first. This way you
can practice and fine tune your approach. When you are ready,
then proceed to the top priority employers on your
- Network! Talk to both employers and other job candidates.
If you are standing in line, don't be shy talk to the people
in line. More jobs are filled by networking than any other
- Conduct yourself with a professional manner at all times.
Employers are watching at all times. So when you are
walking around or waiting in line, always maintain
- Be aware of time. Don't stand and monopolize an
employer's time. Its not good for them or for you. Ask
specific questions, get to the point and most importantly get
the contact information for later follow-up.
D) CAREER FAIR FOLLOW-UP
Its important to keep yourself fresh in the mind of the
employers. To do this, you must send follow-up or thank you
letters within two days. Always refer to the date and
location of the job fair. Try and highlight any part of
the conversation that stood out to make it easy for them to
remember you. Always include a copy of your resume. You might
also want to follow-up with a phone call.
Also its important to re-group after a career fair and
evaluate your experience. Try and understand what you did
right and what can be improved upon, as this will help you be
more productive at the next fair.
Most importantly, just have a very positive attitude. Always
have a smile and thank each person you speak to for his/her
time. You have something to sell and employers are there to
shop around, and vice-versa.
Nathan Newberger, Managing Editor
http://www.WorkTree.com "Helping You
Find More Jobs Faster"
Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at http://www.WorkTree.com
Nathan has over 10 years experience in staffing and human