You are dressed, packed and ready to go to the Job Fair. You are armed with resumes and have done some research. You are ready to go.
As you set out for a day of employment hunting and networking, here are some pointers on how you can make it a great day, make an impression and put your best foot forward:
- Arrive Early: By arriving early, you will allow yourself some extra time at check-in should the event be really busy. When you get there early, this will get you in the door and allow ample time to visit all companies you are interested in.
- Show Enthusiasm and Be Positive: When you meet recruiters or representatives of the employer, shake hands, smile and be upbeat but professional. Introduce yourself to others. Be prepared to answer questions and ask them of employers you have questions for. Be sincere and don’t be afraid to toot your own horn a bit without going overboard.
- Visit With Employers You Are Genuinely Interested In First: Having done your homework and knowing what companies will be represented, make it your top priority to visit the ones you are most interested in first. There will be a lot of other attendees wanting to talk to them also. Be patient and prepared to wait in line for awhile if the representatives of a particular employer are busy. Be courteous of their time as well, as there are a lot of attendees for them to greet and talk to.
- Be Friendly To Others and Network While Waiting: While you are standing in line or waiting, be cordial and friendly to your fellow attendees. Finding a job in a more competitive market takes networking and you might just meet a contact who knows about a position that isn’t for them, but might be for you. Keep conversation to a normal tone and act professionally but friendly. Not only could you increase your circle of people on the lookout for the perfect job for you, but prospective employers will see you in action. People skills are important in most any industry and observing you interacting well with others will leave an impression.
- Don’t Get Overwhelmed or Frustrated: Job Fairs mean waiting in line sometimes. Don’t let the number of people in attendance scare you either. If you make a good impression and are a good fit for a position, you stand every bit as good of a chance as the next attendee of possibly getting hired.
- Find Out As Many Details As Possible: Be concise and feel free to ask questions without monopolizing too much time. Details such as skills required, duties, salary range and the like are certainly viable questions. While visiting with the employer, see what you can learn about available positions and hiring practices.
- If You Want To Go Further, Ask For A Business Card or Contact Information: Getting a business card will insure your ability to follow-up better with any prospective employers. This will also help you to find out what the next step of their hiring process is.
As you set out to make connections at the next Job Fair you attend, just remember you have a short time to make an impression and gather as much information as possible. With that in mind and using the tips on How To Prepare The Days Before A Job Fair, you will hopefully be well on your way to finding the next job you are looking for.