Job Fair Preparation Tips

job fair, courtesy of USAG-Humphreys

One of the most effective ways to promote your career is the job fair—by not only finding a new job, but also learning from people in all phases of their career. Your performance at a job fair can be your first step in being hired—it could even be seen as your first interview for the job.

With that in mind, be ready to shine with these tips:

Research.

Doing your research prior to a job fair is the best way to be professional and knowledgeable—both traits that employers look for. Know the companies that will be attending, what types of jobs they need to fill, and make sure your skills are the best fit.

Be early.

For those who are successful in a job search, being on time is ten minutes late. Get to the fair early, but not too early—use the time to get yourself calm and collected, instead of rushed and disorganized.

Make sure your resume is current.

Read over your resume—at least two more times—to make certain your contact information is current and there are no errors in grammar and spelling.

Meet with the event speakers.

The speakers at the event are often people extremely knowledgeable in their fields, and are willing to provide advice and guidance to job seekers. Often, they are employers with an eye for talent. They are there to encourage and inform—use their ability.

Eye contact and firm handshake.

Nothing speaks to professionalism than a firm handshake and eye contact. When talking with potential employers, show them you are who they need on their team. Dress and act the part!

Be confident and knowledgeable.

This is where your preparation and research pays off! Know what you want from the company and have a clear way to tell them what you have to give.

Follow up!

Every contact with a prospective employer gets a thank you note—or email—to express appreciation for the time they have spent with you, even if it was only a few minutes. This will help you stand out from the crowd.

Network.

Everybody has a story to tell, and they all have something to offer. Use the job fair to meet and greet people that can help you in your job search. This is an excellent way to increase your scope—and increase your understanding of the job market.

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