8 Tips to Ace your next Job Fair

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Make the most out of your next job fair with these tips:

REGISTER
Review the job fair flyer or website to determine if you need to preregister.  This will save time from having to do so when you arrive on the day of the job fair.

RESEARCH COMPANIES
Prior to the job fair you should be able to get a list of companies that will be in attendance.
Visit the companies website.  Look for the job openings page to get a preview of open jobs and determine if there are positions that match your experience and skills.
Browse the companies website looking for info regarding products/services, culture, company structure and staff, growth opportunities, etc.

COPIES OF YOUR RESUME
Be sure to bring several copies of your current resume that you feel is a good representation of your skills and experience.  As people you know and trust to review your resume to catch and errors or edits that need to be made.  If you need additional assistance with your resume a great resource is your local Career Center which offers resume assistance for free.  Click here to find a career center closest to you.

PROFESSIONAL OUTFIT
This should be one of the easiest items to get right but many people fall very short with this simple task.  This is great news for you because with a little preparation you can stand out from the crowd with appropriate attire.
Your outfit should be professional, the type of outfit you would wear to an interview – consider a suit.  If money is tight look for outfits at a local thrift store or consignment store.

PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
When you meet employers at the job fair you will just have a few minutes to speak with a representative so you need to make every minute count.  Practice your answers to typical interview questions and summing up your past experience as it relates to opportunities the company has or may have.

ASK FOR BUSINESS CARDS
Before moving on to the next employers ask the employer you are speaking with if you can have their business card so you can follow up.

WRITE NOTES
After you leave the job fair jot down any thoughts you feel are important regarding the job fair.  The best time to do this is sitting in your car after the job fair.

APPLY FOR POSITIONS
Now that you’ve attended the job fair take the information you learned to apply online to jobs for companies you met at the job fair that might be a good fit for you.

 

 

SEND THANK YOU CARDS/EMAILS
Send a thank you card or email to company representatives you met at the job fair.  If you use LinkedIn.com send invites to connect.  This is a great opportunity to build relationships with hiring personnel at companies you want to work at.

Following the above tips will help ensure you make the most of your Job Fair and produce concrete job opportunities.

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