Tips for Successfully Working a Job Fair

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A JOB FAIR

Attending a job fair is one of a number of ways to look for employment. It is not the only way. Things to keep in mind at a fair:

YOUR GOALS

* To establish personal contact with relevant employers and make a solid first impression.

* To identify meaningful employment opportunities.

* To collect business cards from a wide variety of individuals who can become part of your professional network.

PREPARATION

* Dress in formal business attire. You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression!

* Bring a good supply of resumes.

* Practice self introduction - name, job objective, and your one minute commercial. The one minute commercial is about your resume - work experience, academic background and accomplishments.

* Read the business section of your local newspapers and business journals to get current information on local companies.

* Look for company information on the internet.

AT THE JOB FAIR

* Expect crowds and some waiting in line to talk with specific employers.

* Obtain list of employers at the door and map out a strategy of your priority companies to visit.

* Don't ignore lesser known companies which may have fewer lines of candidates waiting to see them.

* Do not interrupt a conversation betwen another candidate and a company representative.

* Be sure to make eye contact, have a good firm handshake and smile when speaking with company representatives.

* Avoid all negative comments. Keep things upbeat and casual.

* Ask the company representative who is the functional manager of the department you would like to work in.

* Remember to talk with other job candidates who can be important networking contacts.

* Job hunting is a numbers game; the more useful contacts you make the better are your chances of finding the right job.

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