Career fairs, I’m sure many of you have been to one but did you get what you wanted out of it? The first career fair I went to was for a class. We were required to attend the career fair and receive signatures from people at booths that we talked to. I was so concentrated on receiving the signatures for my assignment that I didn’t get anything useful out of the career fair. I wish there were a few things I did differently.
Prior to attending the career fair you should prepare questions. Think about what you want to get out of this event. What is it that you want to know or find out about a career? Career fairs are for your benefit so make the most out of it. Talk to any booth that catches your eye and ask questions. This not only shows that you are interested in the company but that you want to learn more. Asking questions can also help you stand out from the rest of the audience.
Another way to grab an employers’ eye is to dress to impress. Don’t walk up to a booth dressed in short shorts or a stained shirt. It is true that first impressions last so prove to the employer that you are fit for the position. Wear office attire. Don’t show up with your PJs on.
Also bring your resume with you. There may be opportunities to hand in a resume so make sure that have an updated resume ready. Don’t forget to place your resume in a report folder. Try to avoid handing in a resume alone. The report folder allows your resume to stand out from others and looks professional. It also allows you to add in portfolio pieces if you are in the creative field along with a cover letter.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for a business card. This shows that you are interested in the company and would like to keep in touch.