Career Fairs: Be Prepared.January 16, 2013
Looking for a new career or job? Career fairs are great places to not only find out about new opportunities, but to also to network with fellow job seekers and industry experts. However, you do not want to go in blind and unprepared. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your career fair experience.
1. Map Your Path: Walking into career fairs can often be chaotic and overwhelming. Before you go, visit the fair’s host site and see which companies will be there and where their booths will be located. Choose which companies you’re interested in and make a route to only those employers to keep you on track.
2. Gather Materials: The night before, it is a good idea to print off several copies of your resume, reference letters and other credentials. Having business cards and/or your portfolio ready is also important. Put all of these materials in a professional folder and be sure to include some plain paper and a pen for notes.
3. Research, Research, Research: Employers know you’re looking for a job if you are at a career fair. What they really want to know is if you are interested in their company and if you’ve done your homework. Be sure to read up on each company you plan to visit and ask direct questions about their business. Show them you know your stuff and they are more likely to remember you.
4. Dress to Impress: This may be an obvious idea, but you would be surprised how often people attend career fairs looking unprofessional. Consider this first meeting with the company as an interview. Dress in business attire and look sharp.
Going into a career fair fully prepared is likely to result in some good leads and potentially a new job. If you need help in your job search, visit our website to find out how we can best serve you and your career needs.