Job fairs can provide great opportunities to network face-to-face with human resources decision-makers and learn about available job openings. Preparation, including bringing the right things with you to job fairs, is key to your success at these events. The following are four tips on what to have with you when you hit the entrance at the job fair.
1. Professional attire that shows you mean business. Conservative suits, dresses, and very nice blouse/slacks combinations are what’s called for. Blue jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and house shoes, not so much. For more in-depth information on this topic, check out 5 Tips for Best Job Interview Outfit.
2.A concise, proofread resume on nice paper. Generally, a one page resume is very appropriate for job fairs to provide the employer an overview of your qualifications without overwhelming. He or she will likely have a stack of resumes to go through when back at the office. Make yours stand out by following Four Tips for a Great Resume.
3.A notepad in notepad holder and pen. Do some research ahead of time on the companies that are going to be at the employment fair. Jot down some notes that you can refer to as you prepare to approach the individual employers. Also, make yourself a list of questions to ask. People take notice of job candidates who care enough to do their homework and know something about the businesses.
Very nice, but reasonably priced, notepad holders can be found at the major office supply stores. Look for ones with a side-pocket in which you can store business cards that you ask for from employers that you speak with at the job fair.
4.A mind prepared for common interview questions. While speaking with company representatives at the fair, you will most likely be asked some common job interview questions. Prepare yourself ahead of time to answer these questions smartly and without hesitation. All this takes is some practice and a reliance on resources such as Five Common Job Interview Questions to guide you in developing your own appropriate answers.
By following these four easy steps when participating in job fairs, you will stand out from the multitude of individuals that arrive unprepared and unimpressive.
M + K says
Great advice! It can always be hard be young and knowing how to act in a professional environment, and these tips will definitely go a long way for us.
Always love to share advice on job searching so that others do not have to learn the hard way by trial and error. Thanks for stopping by!
This is great advice! I’m sure I could have used this when I was trying to get my first job out of college since I was completely clueless.
I was pretty clueless coming out of college as well.
These are definitely some great tips. The company I worked for right out of college had someone at a fair or open space event I should say when I was in my senior year and I had an on the spot pre-interview. I ended up working there for almost 4 years. I left right before I had my son to become a stay at home wife and momma. Thanks for sharing these tips with us at Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo
You are a perfect example of how being prepared for a job fair can lead to great results.
Julie @ Don't Lick Your Sister says
Great tips! I was previously a supervisor who conducted interviews. Although I wasn’t doing this at job fairs ALL of these tips were very important to me while I was interviewing prospective employees.
Yes, yes, yes and yes! I’ve seen lots of people attend a job fair in jeans and a t-shirt as if they were going to visit their friends. These are simple and doable! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!
I love seeing jeans with all sorts of holes in them at job fairs. Yikes!
These are great tips Sarah. I’m not looking for a job now (and hopefully won’t be for a while) but these are great tips if I ever am!
Sarah Mueller says
Excellent tips. It always amazes me how people don’t have the knowledge to act professionally when it’s called for. Thanks for sharing your post at Family Fun Friday. I’m going to feature you this week!
Thanks so much for the feature. Enjoy Family Fun Friday a lot!