1. Why do you attend a Job Fair?
- Identify hiring companies
- Identify companies that use your skill sets
- Get an interview
- Plant your resume’
- Network with other job hunters
2. What should you take to a Job Fair?
- At least 10 copies of your most recent resume’
- Business cards with your name, address, capabilities and objectives to give to recruiters and network contacts. Use both sides of the card – summary and contact info on the front. Skills and key accomplishments on the back.
- Your “elevator speech”, or “one minute commercial” – Think about your strong points, your goals, and how you can benefit the company. (You can find out more about the company later, if they are interested in you – spend your time letting them find out about YOU.)
- Be prepared to discuss the geographic areas where you are willing to work.
- A notepad or memo pad to record contacts made
- A cell phone camera if you have one, to take pictures of job postings off bulletin boards
- Your calendar (hardcopy, in your cell phone or PDA) to check dates you are available for interviews, follow-up.
3. What should you wear to a Job Fair?
- For salaried positions – Suit and tie
- All others – “Business Casual” — collared shirt and dress or casual pants. No jeans, shorts, or T-shirts.
4. What should you do at a Job Fair?
- Arrive early if you can – plan on extra time to check in to the job fair.
- Start out by getting the layout. If you are given a floor map with company booths indicated, circle the ones you want to concentrate on. If you don’t receive a map, walk the floor first and set your priorities before you dive in.
- Submit your resume’ to as many plausible openings as possible.
- Network with others in line, at the coffee pot, in the registration line, at the concession stands. They are a valuable resource for who’s hiring and which jobs are “hot”.
- Be assertive and show initiative – shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Maintain eye contact.
- Leave your business card with all recruiters, company representatives and networking contacts that you encounter.
- Job Fairs can be confusing and intimidating amid the many job seekers vying for exposure. Remain positive and enthusiastic. Keep your “game face” on throughout. Take breaks and re-assess your priorities. Use your break time to look for job post bulletin boards around the lobby or near the concession stands.
- Find and take home copies of all material that may be helpful:
- Job Market publications
- Job Postings
- Other Job Fair announcements
- Recruiter advertisements/handouts
- Websites learned about
- Contact info for network contacts
- A listing of all participating companies (usually handed out at the door)