Job Seeker Tips for Job Fairs
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Update Your Resume
- Proofread your resume for typos.
- Ask someone else to proofread your resume.
- Bring at least 20 copies to pass out.
- Use a portfolio or briefcase to organize resumes and documents.
Do Your Research
- Know the companies that interest you.
The more you know about a company, the more you can converse with the company representative and the more memorable you will be.
- Check your Job Fair Employers Attending page for previously participating companies.
- A month before your Job Fair, check the Employers Attending page again to see currently registered companies.
Prepare a 30-Second Commercial
- Be ready to greet each employer with a smile and an enthusiastic 30-second sales pitch.
- Think about your strong points, your goals, and the company.
- First impressions are very important.
- Unprofessional dress is the leading reason candidates are rejected.
- Wear dark, tailored clothing.
- Style your hair conservatively.
Arriving at the Job Fair
- Come early while employers are fresh.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Do not carry any food or drinks.
- Put all papers in your portfolio or briefcase.
Be Assertive and Show Initiative
- Visit the booths of employers you are most interested in first.
- Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table.
- Impart enthusiasm about the company and their job opportunities.
- Speak with companies you would not normally be interested in.
- Talk to other job seekers—you may hear about opportunities of which you are unaware.
After Meeting Interviewers
- Collect business cards from the employers you meet.
- When you leave an interview, make quick notes while your memory is fresh.
- Follow-up the next day and send personalized thank you notes.