Career Fairs might be the best opportunity for job seekers to meet face to face with recruiters and HR Professionals who make hiring decisions. The following are a few tips that might help you get your foot in the door quicker.
Appearance is KEY - Dress for success!!!
Your first impression is very important, you should be dressed for an interview, which is why we strongly encourage job seekers to wear business attire.
- Men: Your nicest suit, tie and dress shoes. If it is too hot outside, nice dress pants, shirt, tie and dress shoes are ok.
- Women: Your best jacket with matching pants, skirt and shoes.
Update Your Resume
- Proofread your resume for typos and keep it under 2 pages. Also, make sure your contact information is up to date.
- Bring several copies of your resume.
Prepare a 30-Second Elevator Speech
- Be ready to greet each employer with a smile and an enthusiastic 30-second elevator speed. If a recruiter asks you what you are looking for, do not respond by saying "anything". Keep in mind that most recruiters hire attitude and potential.
- They want to hear you use words/phrases such as "opportunity for growth", "stability", "a great career".
Arriving at the Job Fair Early
- Arrive early; attend pre-job fair seminars such as our VIP events if possible. This will increase your chances of getting your foot in the door and also help fine-tune your career skills.
- Do not chew gum.
- Do not carry any food or drinks while at the job fair.
Be Assertive and Show Initiative
- Introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Shake their hands and tell them it is nice to meet them. SMILE!
- Ask for business cards. Network!
- If you can invest $20 in some business cards, get some made with your personal information on them. This will help you stand out as a job seeker.
- Follow up with recruiters. Send them a thank you email. Connect with them on social media sites such as LinkedIn. The more interest you show in their opportunities, the more intrigued they will be. Do not overdo it.