While they may seem overwhelming, job fairs can be an effective element of a job search. During the event, you can introduce yourself one-on-one to hiring managers and human resources representatives from a variety of local companies, all in one room.
To achieve success at any job fair, you must first understand the tips and tricks of the trade including preparation, job fair strategies and follow-up.
Before the job fair, review the website for the event. Particularly review the list of companies and write down which ones you would like to target first.
Consider the job fair as a half-day series of interviews. Print at least 20 copies of your engineer resume editing service to hand out to companies who are seeking your skill set. However, be aware that many companies will tell you to apply online; in this case, you must grab their business card and the name of the representative during the event.
Another effective job fair technique is to have your own professionally printed business card that contains your contact information on the front and a brief “mini-resume” displaying your skillset on the back.
Prepare questions you would like to ask the employer, and review answers to questions they may ask you. Practice interviewing skills such as maintaining eye contact, shaking hands and focusing on the specific job opportunity.
When you arrive at the job fair, don’t enter the first line you see. Take a few minutes to walk around the room and find your targeted employers. Then get in line and wait your turn. Use your wait time wisely.
Rather than standing in a daze, strike up a conversation with the people in line with you. Ask them what they are looking for and whether they’ve had success. This type of networking may lead you to a booth where an employer is eagerly seeking your skills.
When you reach the company representative, introduce yourself with a smile and a handshake. State your name and your job title, and ask if they have any available positions that match what you are looking for.
The key here is to keep the conversation concise, since others are waiting in line for the employer. Remember to grab a business card for the next and perhaps most important step of all: the follow-up.
The follow-up is something all too many job fair participants overlook. At the end of the conversation, tell the employer that you will follow up in one week.
When contacting the company, be sure you identify yourself as having spoken to the employer at the job fair. Ask about the status of the position and restate your skills and experience and how they relate to the job opportunity. Always maintain tact and diplomacy in your correspondence.