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:
* 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.
* 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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