Imagine this; you’ve just finished your course and have decided to look out for a job. You’re attending as many job fairs as you can but for some unknown reason, getting hired feels like the most impossible thing you could do. Well don’t worry, we know this feeling all too well and we can definitely sympathize with you. But in addition to this, we would like to give you some important points to note when you’re attending a job fair. Following these tips will definitely give you a better chance of getting hired the next time you attend such an event and will even help you as you progress through your career. Without further ado, here are some tips to help you get hired at a job/career fair:
- Identify your objectives: Why are you attending a career fair? Is it to try and get a job or to try and network with important people in the business world? These are questions you must ask yourself before you even think of attending a Career Fair. Career Fairs are a great way to also meet recruiters from other parts of the country if you’re looking to relocate to a different city. By identifying what you want to achieve, you can then proceed to start looking out for what you’re interested in.
2. Prepare professional resumes: Carry a number of printouts of your resume when you’re attending a career fair. Make sure that your resume is also prepared in a professional manner by identifying and mentioning important keywords that employers working in your field of interest look out for in a resume.
3. Develop a strategy: There’s no point in speaking to employers that aren’t interested in your skills other than the minor possibility of them knowing a different employer that can utilize you. Identify the companies that are attending the fair and choose the ones that you think will be most interested in hiring you based on your skills and qualifications and try to approach as many of these companies as possible before speaking to other employers.
4. Prepare an “Elevator” speech: An elevator speech is essentially a short paragraph prepared by job seekers to fully describe and summarise important details about themselves and their skills such as their name, what makes them unique and why the employer should hire them. Elevator speeches are generally 15 to 30 seconds in length. Preparing one for yourself will help in conveying the reasons why an employer should hire you.
5. Be wary of your first impressions First impressions are very important in the business world and it is generally expected from prospective job-seekers to observe polite behavior when trying to network with other people during a career fair. Greeting an employer with a proper handshake, eye contact, and a warm smile will definitely lead to employers holding a positive opinion about you.
6. Make sure to ask employers for contact details: Once you have finished speaking to a particular employer, it will be in your best interest to obtain their business card for future purposes. Always be on the look-out for such business cards when you are corresponding with employers and in the case that you do not receive such a card, you can ask employers if they could give you their business card.
7. Send Thank-you emails to everyone you spoke to: Once you have finished connecting with the recruiters you are interested in, your next step would be to start sending emails to these recruiters thanking them for their time. Sending these emails as quickly as you can also work in your favor. This will help you stand out a lot more as compared to other people these recruiters may have met with. In the case of people that you’ve simply networked with at the career fair, sending an email is also recommended but unlike the case of recruiters, waiting a few days before sending emails to these people is the course of action to take.
On a final note, it is important to know that the most important qualities you can have when attending a job fair are endurance and patience. Career fairs can sometimes take up an entire day which is why it is always important to carefully plan and organize your time to avoid getting burnt-out during the course of the event. We hope this article has been helpful to you and wish you the best of luck in your job search.
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