How To: Properly Prepare For A Career Fair

How To: Properly Prepare For A Career Fair

It’s that time a year again. Graduation is fast approaching and students are looking for their first career opportunities. Career fairs and networking events are important parts of the entry-level job search.

Below is how to properly prepare for a career fair:

 

  • Research the company list.

Schools may distribute a company list for the career fair. Researching the companies on the list and what job opportunities they are looking for can help narrow down which tables you may want to go to. Sharing information about the company during the event can advance your chances of receiving a call back from the employer.

Tip: If staffing firms are on the company list, research what positions they recruit for.
  • Write or update your resume.

Make your resume a fast read for the company representative since they may only have a few minutes with each student. Create a customized personal card with your contact information and areas of interest to handout with your resume. Know what type of job you want and translate that to your resume.  Also, make sure your resume has updated contact information that the employer contact you for.

  • Dress to impress.

Dress like you are going to your first interview with the company.  Your attire should be neutral colored suit and fitted correctly. Skirts should not be more than an inch above your knee and heels should be two inches or less. A few suggestions from employmentguide.com are to “make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry or clothing that is too short or revealing.”

  • Be your (professional) self.

Be yourself, but keep it professional. This may be your first interaction with your future company you want to make it memorable and one that the company will want to hire you from.

 

Also, remember to follow up! This could be your first chance to meet your future company. If you received a business card, send an email to express your interest within the company and thank the recruiter.

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