Job fairs are organized by industry associations, colleges, event planners, job centers, city or county government and by employers. You can find announcements at the library, your town newspaper, Facebook and Twitter. Career fairs are an opportunity to meet the representatives of employers. The good news is that these representatives really want to recruit people. As you are perusing employer tables, the employer is deciding if you might be a good candidate. The event may look casual, but you should treat it with same importance as a job interview. Here are some tips for your success.
-Prepare for the fair by obtaining a list of employers. Research the ones that you are interested in working for.
-Bring a case to store all of the paperwork you will be picking up. Pick up two of every application. One is for a rough draft, and the other will be the one you submit.
-Bring many copies of your resume. Also bring pen and paper.
-Wear something professional. Good colors are navy, gray or black. Consider wearing a pin or nice tie to make your appearance memorable.
-Go alone. You do not want to appear to be dependent on anyone. Nor do you want to bring children or parents.
-Turn off your cellphone. You do not want it to interrupt your interviews.
-At each booth you will shake hands, introduce yourself, give a brief description of your skills and state the job that you are looking for. Take the recruiter’s business card. Write notes on the back of it in case you are called by that company.
Although job fairs are crowded and noisy, you can make an impression if you prepare and assert yourself. Consider following up with recruiters to reiterate that you met them at the fair, and that you are still interested in working for their company.