How to Attend a Career Fair

Attending a career fair is a good way to meet prospective employers in your chosen job field, circulate information about yourself and gain a better understanding of what employment opportunities are available to you. Keep in mind a few strategies on how to attend a career fair to make it a success

Steps

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    Dress to impress
    • First impressions matter, so dress professionally when you attend a career fair. Make sure everything matches, is clean and wrinkle-free and is at least business casual attire. Choose comfortable shoes, since you'll be walking around a lot.
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    Bring up-to-date resumes
    • Be sure to update your resume before attending a career fair and bring plenty of copies. This will enable you to leave a resume with every prospective employer.
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    Plan ahead
    • Obtain a list of companies that will be represented ahead of time and decide which prospective employers are a priority. Make a list of companies you want to meet with and allow enough time to meet with career fair recruiters representing companies and career opportunities that interest you the most.
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    Get there early
    • Career fair recruiters will be most attentive at the start of the fair. Get there early to beat the crowds, make a punctual first impression and have plenty of time to meet with all the representatives on your priority list.
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    Take notes
    • Take a pen and paper with you to the career fair and write down important details like phone numbers and contact names. Creating a contact list will make it easier for you to review the positive and negative aspects you learned from various career recruiters and follow up with representatives after the fair.
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    Respect the representatives and displays
    • When talking to career fair representatives be polite, don't interrupt and avoid using slang language. These elements will make you seem unprofessional. If the representative has samples or giveaway items like pens or magnets, only take one.
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    Follow up afterwards
    • Be sure to follow up with a phone call, email or thank you note to each representative you spoke with at the career fair a few days after the event. This will keep you and your resume fresh in their minds.
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    Know what you want
    • Before you attend the career fair, make a list of the most important things you want out of a career. List these aspects, like salary, ongoing training, vacation time, insurance or retirement benefits, and advancement opportunities, in order of priority to you. Take this list with you to the career fair so you can ask prospective employers about them.
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    Sell yourself
    • Avoid getting intimidated by the number of recruiters or applicants at the career fair. Greet each representative with a smile, confident handshake and the most important things they need to know about you, your job experiences and your skill field. Remaining confident will help you stay upbeat and will appeal to prospective employers.
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Sources and Citations

  • www.quintcareers.com/career_fair_tips.html
  • www.careerbuilder.ca/jobseeker/careerfairs/careerfairtips.aspx

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