A job fair is a gathering of employers looking to
recruit for openings that they have within their
organisation. A job fair is the ideal place to
build a network of contacts. Don’t make the mistake of
thinking that other job seekers are your competitors.
They can offer you so much more than you may think.
other job seekers may help you get new job leads as well
as information about companies, their interview style
and other job searching strategies. There also may be
employment agencies and professional associations at the
career fair and this can prove to be a great networking
source as well.
When attending a job fair, you should have the
following objectives in mind:
- Submit your application to companies that
- Make connections with recruiters, but also
employment agencies, members of associations that
are present and other job seekers.
- Explore your career options.
- Gather company and industry information.
At the job fair, focus on the companies that interest
you. Concretely, this means that you have to prepare
before attending the fair. Research the companies
that will be represented, see what positions they have
open and plan your day.
Dress as if you are already working for the company. You
will make the right impression immediately. Be yourself
when you interact with the recruiter. Don’t just hand
over your resume and leave. You have to sell yourself
and, in order to do that, you should have a
prepared in advance that showcases your skills,
experience and abilities in a few sentences. Know what
questions to ask and don't forget to smile.
Be sure that you ask the recruiter what the corporate
culture is. This will allow you to assess whether the
company is a good fit for you and will show that you are
not desperate for a job.
- Instead of spending your time handing out resume
after resume, spend quality time talking to
- Put your business cards where they can easily be
accessed. Have them handy so that you don’t have to
dig into your pocket or purse.
- Bring an accordeon folder with you where you can
put the brochures and business cards that you
collect during the day.
- Only bring with you what is needed. You don't
want to waste time and energy dragging around a
heavy bag or briefcase.
Schedule Some "Practice" Interviews
You should practice how you will handle interviews at
the career fair. A great tip is to select a company to
use as a confidence booster. Use what you learned in
that practice drill to warm up ahead of your main
interviews. In other words, schedule a "practice"
interview before the real deal.