Over the past couple of days, we’ve talked about the career fair, from why it’s not obsolete, to how employers can get the most out of them by coming prepared and being approachable to job seekers.
Since we’ve been focusing on the employer’s side of things, we thought it would only be fair to talk about the career fair from the perspective of the job seeker.
Today, we’re going to do just that by giving job seekers four essential tips on how to get the most out of a career fair. Take a look below:
- Know before you go. Take the time to find out who is going to be at the career fair. Not only will this minimize the amount of time it will take for you to go around searching for the booths you want to visit, it also gives you a chance to brush up on basic info about the companies you are interested in applying for.
As Miriam Salpeter, a job search/social media consultant and owner of Keppie Careers, puts it, “there’s nothing more appealing to an employer than prospective hires who actually know something about their organization”–so take a moment and get to know who you want to apply to for.
- Introduce yourself. Recruiters want to meet you, so don’t be shy about saying hello. Putting yourself out there is one of the best ways to make the right first impression. Not only does it show that you are confident in yourself, it also shows that you interested in the job, giving you a better chance at being recognized by someone in the company, should you plan on applying in the near future.
- Ask questions. That is what recruiters are there for, so feel free to ask away. Asking basic questions about the position helps to show your interest in the position as well as give you the opportunity to focus on other more important topics when it comes time to interview.
- Follow up. To really make an impression, consider sending a follow-up note to the recruiters/companies you really enjoyed talking to. This is the best time to remind them of who you are, as well as your strong interest in working for the company. And, if you really want to make a connection, try your best to reference a memorable topic in your conversation, whether that’s something about yourself, or something that they brought up.