How to wow employers at a job fair!

Over the past few weeks we have attending several jobs fairs. It was remarkable how some candidates were well prepared while others seemed to have floated in with little to no preparation. Here are some of our tops tips for attending a job fair!

  • Do some research in advance about the companies that will be attending the job fair. Most job fairs will provide a list of the companies that are registered. Take a look at the websites for the companies and get a feel for what types of openings they have. Start making a list of the jobs and companies that interest you the most.
  • Take the time and put together a basic resume that highlights your skills, employment background and education.
  • Make sure that your resume has updated contact information. Provide employers with a few ways to reach you – email and phone number are a must. I also like when people put their LinkedIn profile on their resumes.
  • Proofread your resume a few times. Ask someone else to take a look at it as well. Sometimes people miss errors in something that they have written themselves.
  • Bring plenty of resumes. Many employers will instruct you to go online and submit a resume, but many will still want to see a paper resume. If your resume is more than a page long, staple it or paperclip it together. Put your resumes in a folder.
  • Bring a pen and second folder for any flyers and business cards you will get from the employers.
  • Dress professionally. At minimum, a shirt and tie for men. Women should wear a dress or a blouse with slack or a skirt. First impressions really do count.
  • Remember that list you made of the companies you were most interested in? Take that list with you. When you arrive at the job fair target those employers first.  Take time to talk to all the employers at the job fair though. You never know where a meeting can lead.
  • Put on a smile and portray confidence. Practice a 30 – 60 second “elevator pitch” that highlights your achievements and career ambitions.
  • Ask for the next step in the interview process. Don’t forget to take a business card so that you can follow-up with the employer after the job fair.
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