However, if you want to make the most out of a job fair, you need to prepare beforehand. Below are a few things that you need to keep in mind whenever you’re planning to go to a job fair.
Traditional is still in – We’re living in a digital age in which almost everything is stored digitally nowadays. Nevertheless, even if bringing a hard copy of your resume and other materials isn’t as convenient as just putting them on a flash drive, you still need to bring them. You don’t want to bother the person to have to go to a laptop just to take a look at your resume.
Link up – As a job seeker, you have to make the most out of your network. If there is an upcoming job fair that you want to attend, find out if you have a connection that can help you get an opportunity for an interview.
Where are your manners? - At an early age, we’re taught good manners and are expected to practice them all the time. However, when we grow up, there are times when we forget to show our manners. A good example is not addressing people properly. You’re used to calling people by their first name, but not everyone prefers this, and some will expect you to address them properly with their last name.
Know where to go – When you go to a job fair without any knowledge about the companies, it’s like going to Disneyland and spending most of your time waiting in line not knowing if you’ll enjoy the ride or not. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what companies will be there and what jobs will be available so that you don’t waste time wandering around not knowing what to do.
Show aptitude – There are different kinds of employees that companies look for, but what everyone wants to have is a employee who can not only do their current job but can also be someone they can rely on for bigger roles.
Keep it short – Job fairs are full of hustle and bustle. People everywhere are having conversations, and companies are short on time, trying to accommodate everybody. It’s important to be organized and prepared when you get the chance.
Job fairs are not only a resource where you get the chance to find a new job, but are also a good resource for information on how to get the attention of companies. There are usually speakers at these events ready to share their expertise. If you’re done talking to your target companies and have spare time, listen to the speakers and you might just pick up something that can be of help to you today or in the future.