Job fairs can be extremely overwhelming. The crowd, the noise, and the intensely competitive atmosphere can make it a pretty daunting experience for many job-seekers.
Luckily, there are dozens of strategies devised to help!
Whether you’re a university student new to the job-hunting process, or you’re already a seasoned professional, these ten career fair strategies will improve your odds of not being screened out too soon!
1. Pre-register for the Fair
Some career fairs allow jobseekers to pre-register for the event, which usually includes submitting a resume ahead of time. The idea behind this is to give employers a chance to prescreen applicants and possibly make note of applicants they want to meet at the fair. This strategy could increase your chances of getting noticed way before others!
2. Research Registered Employers
Before making your way to a job fair, it is crucial to know exactly what companies are going to be there. Give yourself a headstart on the competition by getting a list of the businesses and organizations. Streamline your list based on your personal/career preferences, and then do some research on the final companies you want to interview with. With so much information about companies on the Web, there is no excuse to show up totally unprepared.
3. Prepare for Interviews
On average, job-seekers usually has about two to five minutes to market themselves and avoid being screened out at a job fair. Many experts suggest that you develop a one-minute “commercial” that highlights your best qualities and strengths — and then use them at the beginning of the interview. Also, remember the three keys to all interviews: make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and show enthusiasm.
4. Follow-up With All Key Recruiters
Very few job seekers actually take the time to follow-up their career fair interviews, thus when you do it, you will have an edge over the many others who don’t. Some experts suggest actually calling the recruiter the evening of the fair or leaving a voicemail message thanking them again for his/her time that day. A more concrete and traditional method is to write a thank you note and mail it the next day to the address on the recruiter’s business card. You probably should enclose another copy of your resume, just to be safe.
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