Job fairs are great venues for job opportunities. They are one of the most effective ways of finding a job since there will be an array of companies at one place and time looking for possible employees. If a job seeker comes prepared during these events, the higher his chances of getting scheduled for an interview will be. Or if he is lucky, he can even get interviewed right on the spot!
The key to increasing the chances of getting hired in a Job Fair is by being prepared. Having positive attitude and exuding a professional aura can also boost a job seeker’s chances. Here are some tips to consider when attending job fairs.
Prior to the event, take time to research participating companies. Check out their websites to get familiar with the companies you are interested in and if they offer jobs that match your qualifications.
Look and act professionally. You want to create a positive first impression and it starts with dressing properly. Wear clean and fresh business attire and make sure your shoes are well-polished. Also ensure your hair is clean and well groomed and your nails are neatly manicured. For women, wear little makeup and only use subtle scents. Looking presentable sends a message to employers that you are a serious candidate in the job search process.
Job fairs, especially the big ones, can get a bit overwhelming. Expect the venue to be packed with job seekers like you and it is best to prepare a plan so you won’t get lost in the crowd. Upon arriving at a job fair, study the layout of the venue and the locations of the employers’ booth that you’d like to apply in. This way, you can strategize where to go first and how to inch your way to the others in the most efficient way possible. A good tip is to go to your first choice employers first and then move on to your second and third choices.
Be sure to bring extra resumes to avoid running out of them. The research you did prior to the event will give you an idea on how many companies you’d like to apply for. If you are eyeing 10 companies, bring more extra copies in case more companies were added on the participating employers list.
Make sure the resumes you are handing out is well-written. Also have a copy looked over by at least one other person to check out grammatical or typographical errors. Print resumes on professional white, gray, or ecru paper and avoid using fancy fonts. Attaching a photo is also not advised.
It is also a good idea to bring several pens (make sure they are working and not blotting), a notepad, and business cards to hand out.
When you are finally in front of a recruiter, assertively introduce yourself with confidence and enthusiasm. Answer his or her questions truthfully and with confidence. Interviews can get nerve-wracking so it is advised that you practice beforehand. Get familiar with the usual questions asked during a job interview and prepare answers for them. Here is a list of frequently asked questions during a job interview.
Since interviews during job fairs are usually quick and in-comprehensive, show the recruiter that you are open for a much detailed interview. Alternatively, you can ask the recruiter’s work contact details so you can follow up your application.