12 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair
- Bring several copies of your resume. If the fair is at the Library, you can arrive early to use the photo copier. Keep in mind others are probably doing the same thing so allow extra time.
- Dress appropriately. At minimum you should wear business casual but you might want to step it up depending on the organizations that will be at the fair.
- Have a game plan. Time could be limited so be sure to review the companies that will be present and prioritize the employers you’re most interested in.
- Do your homework. Spend time researching background information on the organizations you are interested in so you can ask specific questions.
- Only take materials or samples from companies you are interested in. Some employers bring large quantities of print materials or freebies while others will only bring a few. Always ask before taking items.
- Prepare your “career pitch.” Extend your hand, introduce yourself and be ready to talk about your career interests and goals. Be sure to emphasize your skills and experience that would be important to the company. This should be no longer than 30 to 60 seconds.
- Plan to follow up. Ask for the representative’s business card and send a short thank you note to acknowledge them for taking time to speak with you but also so they remember you.
- Take notes. Personally, I like to write short notes on the back of the business card of the company I’m interested in so I don’t confuse the information with the wrong organization but a notebook will also work. Don’t forget to bring a pen.
- Be considerate. Other people might be waiting to speak with the same employers so keep your questions brief and offer to continue the conversation at a later time (another reason to take a business card).
- Bring your own business card. You can create and print business cards with an online service or at a local store like Staples. Not only will you want to give your card to potential employers but you might also meet someone in the crowd whom you want to network with in the future.
- Be positive. Employers want to know that you are excited about the position and have a positive attitude.
- Arrive early. Lines could be long and you want to ensure enough time to meet with each potential employer.
The Kenton County Public Library offers resume writing and interview classes, as well as many job skill classes. Please visit the library website for more information.
Written by Gina Stegner, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library