Attending job fairs gives you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers that you may not be able to reach any other way. We have provided 8 tips for attending a job fair and lead you to success.
1) Dress for Success
It is important to polish up and look professional at a job fair, just as you would for an interview. Wear comfortable and appropriate shoes as you may be standing for long periods of time. If you are uncertain of the dress code of a company, it’s better to overdress (more conservative) than under-dress.
2) Bring Copies of Your Resume
Be sure to update your resume with your latest information and skills. Consider having a friend or professional review your resume to provide you with feedback. Bring your portfolio with plenty of copies of your resume to the job fair. Note: some employers can not accept resumes at career fairs and may request that you apply and send your resume via their website. Don’t take it personally – they are trying to comply with human resource regulations, as well as keep track of a large number of jobs and applicants.
3) Research Companies
Do your homework on the companies attending the job fair, if it is provided in advance. Researching online and on the company website can provide you with a wealth of information. You can learn about the general background, the mission, services and open positions of each employer so you are prepared to demonstrate your knowledge to the hiring managers.
4) Practice Your Talking Points
Start practicing a quick summary of your skills and professional background so you feel comfortable talking to hiring managers. Many times, when there is a crowd of other candidates, you will only have a few minutes to sell yourself and the reason you are a perfect candidate. Think about how you can stand out to potential employers.
When you are at a job fair, take the time to network with as many employers as you can. Ask the hiring managers what are the next steps. In addition to hiring managers, network with other candidates or resources who may be attending. Be friendly and ask appropriate questions. You never know who may help you find a job or where a connection may lead.
6) Show Enthusiasm
It’s important to show employers your interest and enthusiasm for a job. A firm handshake, a smile, as well as a positive and professional demeanor all demonstrate your initiative and sets you apart from other candidates.
7) Collect Business Cards
If you are interested in a position at the job fair, then ask the hiring manager for a business card so you can follow up. If the employer is out of business cards, then ask if it is okay to write down their name and contact info. In addition, collect businesses cards from other resources and other candidates you may want to keep in your professional network.
8) Say Thank You
It’s a simple act of kindness and etiquette, but showing appreciation does matter to an employer. Take the time to say thank you to each hiring manager you meet and then follow up with a thank you email or letter to reiterate your interest in the job.
Get ready for it! We will see you at the Greater Phoenix Job Fair on Monday, October 1st!