Admission to Job Fair 2016 is FREE!
Job Seekers must register at the door. No pre-registration required.
Job Fair Hints
Preparation will set you apart from the crowd at a job fair.
- Have your resume ready and easily accessible.
Give your resume to potential employers. Use it to show your knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Use a smile, a strong handshake and a positive attitude.
Make a good first impression. Show your enthusiasm. When you approach an employer, smile and offer your hand when you introduce yourself.
- Have a quick “30-second” sales pitch about yourself.
When you hand an employer your resume, be prepared to elaborate on it. Tell the employer what you are currently doing (i.e. college and major, work experience), what your skills are, and why you are interested in working for this company.
- Read the attached information about the company.
Know the company’s needs so you can discuss how you can meet them.
- Many employers will only accept applications using the Internet.
Do not get discouraged! Use your time to meet the representative, learn about the company and what positions are currently available, and to learn about the process for applying to positions.
- Keep your energy up!
Every table you stop at is a potential job opportunity. Keep yourself refreshed and ready to introduce yourself multiple times.
- Go to each employer as an individual.
Job fairs are not like the mall. Cruise around by yourself, not as a group. If you walk around by yourself, you are more likely to interact with employers.
- Pick up business cards from the employers you meet.
Use the business cards to write follow-up notes to those companies in which you are most interested.
- Take notes about each employer in which you are interested.
After you leave each table, take a few minutes to jot down important details. Include the names of people you met who may not have had business cards.
- Pick up information from the tables.
You will want to take time after the job fair to review company information, especially if you are scheduled for an interview. Take time at the job fair to meet employers; read more about them later.
- Learn from this experience.
A job fair gives you the opportunity to practice your interview skills in a less formal environment. After the job fair, review what you did well. Remember these things, as you get ready for future interviews.
Professionalism will set you apart from the crowd at a job fair!
- Professional dress is recommended.
- Be polite/professional at all times.
- Communicate effectively.
- Develop a firm handshake and maintain eye contact.
- Display confidence, enthusiasm and the ability to think & speak on your feet under pressure.
A positive impression will set you apart from the crowd at a job fair!
- Lines may be long, so wait patiently. Read company literature while waiting.
- Ask for the recruiter's business card, and discuss how and when you should follow up with the employer. (You also now have the address to send an interest letter.)
- Make notes (contact names, positions, etc.) after you've spoken to the recruiter.
- Follow-up with a "verbal" thank you before leaving:
- "Thanks for meeting with me today ... "
- "Here is why I feel I would be an outstanding employee ... "
- "I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further ... "
- "May I call you next week to arrange a time when we can meet ... "
- Send follow-up letter expressing interest.
- A positive impression will set you apart.