Job Fair Tips
Employers participate in job fairs because they are an economical way to meet many potential employees in a short amount of time.
The following tips may help you as you prepare to attend job fairs.
Before the Fair
- Find out as much as you can about the job fair before the day of the event. Most job fairs will have a website that lists what employers will be there and what positions they are trying to fulfill.
- Research all employers that are of interest to you and find highlights that you can mention during your meeting with the recruiter
- Details of the event, such as the format for the day, if preregistration is necessary, if the event is available to all or if only students of sponsoring universities may attend, etc.
- If you must pre-register in order to attend the job fair, follow the procedures carefully and have all information in by the deadline.
- Bring 30 copies of your resume on professional, quality paper. A cover letter is not necessary when attending a job fair. Carry your resumes in a professional looking portfolio.
- Dress professionally, including shoes that are professional yet comfortable, as you will be walking and standing most of the time.
- Rehearse a one-minute introduction of yourself before you meet with employers. Include your major, why you chose this major, career-related work experience and career goals. In addition, prepare a list of five questions that you plan to ask the recruiter. Ask questions about the company/organization or position - not about salary or benefits.
- Sample questions to ask the recruiter:
- What positions are you seeking to fill at this time?
- What is your hiring process?
- What are some of the present or future goals for the organization?
- How long have you been with the organization?
- What has the organization accomplished of which you are especially proud?
- Can you describe the timeline of the hiring process?
During the Fair
- When you arrive at the fair, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the layout and plan a strategy regarding the employers you desire to meet.
- Be confident and approach each employer with a smile and a firm handshake. The employer is there to meet with as many quality candidates as possible. Relax and don't be anxious. Ask God to give you the courage and strength to make a good impression.
- Bring food with you that can be left in the car. Some job fairs are held in places where food may not be available.
- Keep your energy and enthusiasm up the entire day. The last employer you meet may have the job you want most.
- Ask for a business card and if not available, get the name, and title of the person you spoke with – making sure of the correct spelling.
- Make notes after talking with each employer. You will collect a lot of information and need to keep it all organized.
After the Fair
- Follow up after the job fair with each employer that is still of interest to you by sending a cover letter and resume, as well as any supporting documents requested. In addition, include a thank you note to each employer contacted at the fair. Send this information within a week after the event.
- Be prepared to follow-up again if you have not heard from the recruiter within the timeline given to you at the fair.