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SPOTLIGHT

What does the employer get out of a job fair? 

  • It is their chance to promote their job and/or internship opportunities.
  • They can create an awareness of their organization and provide career information.
  • Interacting with large groups of candidates at one site is cost effective and efficient.

Why should I attend job fairs? 

  • To promote yourself, your skills and qualifications directly to employers.
  • To make contact with a concentrated area of employers in one day.
  • To gather information on job opportunities, trends, and find out what employers are looking for in a candidate.

How can I prepare for a job fair?  

  • Obtain a list of employers that are participating from the Internet.
  • Highlight the organizations you are most interested in and research them.
  • Prepare a quality, professional resume for employers at the fair.
  • Purchase proper attire, generally you will be expected to wear a business suit and take care with general grooming.
  • For more information on professional dress, visit Proper Dress for Interviews.

How can I research employers? 

  • Select the organizations you are most interested in from the list.
  • Note what products they produce or services they provide, how long they have been in business, whether they are publicly or privately owned, their mission statement, and current job openings.
  • Having this information before the fair will help you stand out from other candidates, you will be able to hold an intelligent conversation and ask pertinent questions.
  • Research a Company for more tips.

What will it be like?  

  • Expect a lot of people!
  • Avoid getting overwhelmed by creating a "plan of attack."
  • Before entering, review the provided floor plan and directory to help reduce backtracking and confusion.
  • If a line is unusually long, come back later when it is shorter.
  • Wear the provided name tag on the right side of your jacket.
  • Arrive early; This increases your chances of meeting with recruiter.
  • Don't expect a job offer; Most employers are not authorized to make job offers at the fair.
  • Focus on obtaining an interview, not a job offer.

What should I take? 

  • A Professional Resume
    • Meet with the career counselor for suggestions on creating a resume before the fair.
    • Visit our Build a Resume page.
  • A Pen and Paper
    • Make a note about each recruiter and/or employer for follow-up after the event.
  • A Small Briefcase
    • Organize your materials, collect business cards, and carry materials in a professional manner.
  • A Well-Prepared Portfolio
    • In case you have an interview at the job fair, be prepared with a professional portfolio.

What should I say to the recruiters? 

  • Develop and practice a one-minute "commercial" that will summarize your strengths, skills, experience, and accomplishments. A sample commercial should look something like this:
    • Introduction: Introduce yourself; offer a smile and a firm handshake, and a copy of your resume.
    • Objective: Tell the employer why you are speaking to them, and what sort of employment you are seeking.
    • Summary: Offer an explanation of who you are, your education, experiences, and accomplishments.
    • Reiterate: Comment on your interest in the organization and/or the position, and thank the recruiter for their time.
  • When it is appropriate, display any knowledge you have of the organization and ask any relevant questions.
  • Avoid questions regarding salary and benefits and just focus on what you can offer the employer.

What questions should I ask the recruiters? 

  • Research prior to the fair will help you develop good questions related to the employer.
  • Some sample questions might include:
    • Ideally, what kind of person are you seeking to full this position?
    • What are some of the challenges of this job?
    • What do you as an employee like best about this organization?
    • Is there a training program for new employees?

The job fair is over, now what? 

  • Use the business cards you gained to send thank you notes.
  • Thank them for their time and reiterate your interest in the organization and the specific position.

  

  


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