Learn how to stand out in a career fair and get noticed immediately. These tips will help you get the job much faster than you imagined.
This http://www.WorkTree.com career article will give you somegreat tips on successfully navigating thru career fairs. This issue will quickly cover the following:
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 explorecareer opportunities within a variety of companies at one location.Job seekers should take advantage of these fairs to be better informedabout the job market. Career fairs must be a part of your overall job search process. Itís a great way to learn about job openings,research companies and practice your interviewing and networkingskills.
B) HOW TO BEST PREPARE Its important to make the most of your time at career fairs. Therewill be many employers and even more job seekers vying for attentionso its critical that you prepare in advance of setting foot into thecareer fair.
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 ofthe career fair and identify and prioritize the top companies that youdefinitely want to visit.
#2 - RESEARCH Spend a little time researching these companies; the more you know thebetter. Use the Internet, library, etc. Employers love talking tocandidates who are familiar with their company and business. It alsomakes you look smart. Candidates who are knowledgeable about a companycome 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 imporant!
#4 - APPROACH Create a one-minute introduction that summarizes your skills, goals, experience, etc. Practice this until you are comfortable using thisas your opening. The career fair will present many mini interviewsand you need to be prepared for this. Anticipate interview questionsand practice your responses.
#5 - APPEARANCE Dress professionally Ė donít wear shorts and sandals. Use good judgement in what you wear and project professionalism. Bring a nicefolder 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 productivecareer 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 Ė 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 list.
- Network! Talk to both employers and other job candidates. If you are standing in line, donít be shy talk to the people in line. More jobs are filled by networking than any other means.
- 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 professionalism. - Be aware of time. Donít stand and monopolize an employerís 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 twodays. Always refer to the date and location of the job fair. Tryand highlight any part of the conversation that stood out to make iteasy for them to remember you. Always include a copy of yourresume. You might also want to follow-up with a phone call.
Also its important to re-group after a career fair and evaluate yourexperience. Try and understand what you did right and what can beimproved upon, as this will help you be more productive at the nextfair.
Most importantly, just have a very positive attitude. Always have asmile and thank each person you speak to for his/her time. You havesomething to sell and employers are there to shop around, and viceversa.