A job fair is a great opportunity to network, gain information and potentially land a job interview. You’ll have the chance to meet other professionals in your industry, as well as gather a lot of useful take-home information packages and contacts.
However, getting the most out of a job fair also requires you to invest a considerable amount of time and effort.
Here are a few ways to maximize your job fair experience.
Dress for Success.
While a job fair isn’t as formal as an interview setting, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look your best. Dressing professionally will not only make you feel more professional, but will also make you feel more confident. You also should consider wearing comfortable shoes as the day might involve a lot of standing and/or walking round.
Practice Your Elevator Pitch.
Always practice a quick ‘elevator pitch’ summary of your experience and skills just in case a prospective employer should ask. Because employers will be talking to lots of hopeful candidates, make your pitch snappy, and memorable, but avoid from being lengthy.
Remember to bring paper and a pen to take down names and numbers as well as to write notes. Because you will be talking to numerous hiring managers and company representatives, bring a generic copy of your resume to highlight your past work experience and notable successes. A one-page document of past examples of work is another excellent way to stand out. Bring multiple copies and hand them out to potential employers to help supplement your resume. Additionally, invest in a high-quality, professional business card to hand out to people that you speak with.
Much like an interview, arrive early to not only show interest, but to also have a chance to speak with prospective employers before the large crowd arrives. Additionally, planning to arrive early will give you a extra time in case you get lost or stuck in traffic!
Do your Homework.
Spend some time before the job fair researching companies that are attending the fair. Learn about their organizations and decide which ones you want to devote your attention to on the big day. This will help you focus once you’re there and isolate the individuals that you want to zoom in on.
Employers are looking to meet professionals who are talented, capable and interested and engaged. Asking questions is a great way to demonstrate your eagerness and to get yourself on their radar.
Write Follow-Up Notes.
Anytime you make a new connection—whether with a colleague or an employer—you should send a quick follow-up note to thank them for their time. Additionally, reach out to individuals that you meet via social media and connect with them on LinkedIn. Furthermore, if you are interested in a particular company, follow the company on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
Use your networking skills. Make an impression that lasts.
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