Career Fair Success Tip # 1: Make a plan
The first step is crucial because you need to have the right mindset and discipline in making a good plan. There are a number of things that you need to look at, such as which companies are attending the event, which employers you want to contact, what jobs are available, and other basic information about the companies that can help you impress their representatives.
When you’re armed with this information, you’ll have more confidence when talking to the company representatives. It’s also important that you keep notes that you can review on your way to a booth so you don’t mix up the information on the various companies.
Career Fair Success Tip # 2: Prepare a short speech
Through your research you already know which companies you want, so by the time you get the chance to talk to their representatives, you should be ready to communicate your main selling points. You may have prepared a speech, but that doesn’t mean that you can sound natural. You just have to remember your selling points and keep those in mind as you talk. Summarize your resume in three to five points that you want to mention in your speech.
After this, ask for an opportunity to talk after the event as an interview. If they decline, don’t leave the booth just yet. Make sure you have a business card with you so that you still have a means of contact.
Career Fair Success Tip # 3: Avoid the crowd
When you plan to attend a career fair, you really need to invest some time in it. You can’t go there for only half of your day and expect results. The more time you spend, the more chances you have of getting an interview.
If there is a big line at the booths of the companies that are first on your list, move on to the booths where you’ll spend less time waiting and just go back later. This is why you do your research—in order to make the most of your time.
When you go to a career fair, don’t be intimidated by the number of people who go there trying to get a job. It won’t matter because if you follow the tips above, you’ll have the edge every time.