The job fair is one of the best tools available to a jobseeker. If taken advantage of properly, they can lead to big opportunities. Many employers are there offering on-the-spot interviews, so there are a few things to keep in mind when attending a job fair.
Before the job fair, it’s a good idea to find out what businesses will be in attendance. Get on the internet and research the participating companies. What types of jobs do they have open? What kind of people are they looking for? What skills are they looking for? Knowing as much as possible about the companies you’ll potentially be interviewing with will help make the job fair that much more successful for you. Make a list of questions for these companies. And of course, make plenty of copies of your resume. Your resume will ensure that you’re remembered well after you’ve made your first impression with the employer.
Remember that a job fair isn’t a trip to the beach – leave your street clothes at home
You don’t have to wear a suit, but presentation is definitely key. “Business casual” is pretty standard with most job fairs. This means slacks and a collared shirt for men, and slacks or a skirt coupled with a blouse for women. Stay away from too much jewelry or too revealing clothing – you don’t want anything to distract from you as the jobseeker. How you present yourself to a prospective employer at a job fair will demonstrate how serious you are in your job search, and how serious you’re willing to take the position. Not only will it help your physical presentation, but looking good will help you feel as confident as possible when talking to employers. When you’re confident in yourself, you’re better able to show how serious you are about the job fair – remember to be dedicated, conscientious and attentive.
The most important thing to remember about a job fair is that it doesn’t end when you’ve moved on to the next booth. Once the job fair has ended, follow up with the employers your spoke with. Make sure you got a business card, e-mail address, or phone number for each company you met with, and send a thank you note a day or two later. This will help ensure that you’re remembered and reinforce the fact that you’re serious about the position with the company.