5 Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of a Job Fair

You prepare for the Job Fair by having your resumes ready to hand out, coordinating your outfit for a professional image, and rehearsing some interview questions so you have ready answers for the employers at the Job Fair. Then the big day comes and you step enthusiastically into the hall where the job fair is being held. You are ready to meet your dream employer and be offered the job of your dreams with lots of money coming your way because you are the “perfect” fit for them.

As you know, this scenario is a fairy tale. The reality is very few people are hired on the spot at a Job Fair, and many leave the fair feeling disappointed and frustrated.

Before you give up on what job fairs have to offer, there are five things you need to remember in order to receive your best experience out of the job fair – and avoid disappointment.

  1. Don’t expect to get a job at a job fair. The companies in attendance are looking for potential candidates – representatives will look over your resume, talk to you for about five to ten minutes and then move on. Use the opportunity to scout out what’s there and pursue what’s interesting to you.
  2. Leave your resume with every company that draws your interest, regardless of their advertised positions. Often the people at the Job Fair do all the recruiting for their company, so something that fits your skill set might open up later on.
  3. Bring along your cover letter. Often, a well-written cover letter will keep your name fresh in the recruiters’ minds and helps them better place you within their company, especially in the future.
  4. Don’t grab the goodies left out on employers’ tables and run. Think about the message you are sending the employer – it makes it look like you are only there for the giveaways. Also, make sure you don’t approach a recruiter eating candy you picked up at another recruiter’s table. Remember, you want to be taken seriously.
  5. Know what kind of job you want and be able to summarize it in 60 seconds or less. Those who have taken my Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results(TM) already have a terrific 60 Second Commercial to use at Job Fairs and interviews. Don’t expect the recruiter to read your mind and find the perfect job for you – you have to let them know what job you want and how you qualify for that job.

Job Fairs are a great way to network, not just with the recruiters, but with other job seekers who might be able to help you advance your career. They are a great way to see what’s out there if you know how to take control, and they’re worth your time and effort to attend. Good luck in your job search!

I welcome your thoughts and comments on this topic!

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