What to do at the Job Fair
- Bring plenty of resumes. Many local employers will be at the job fair, so you will want to have plenty of resumes.
- Dress appropriately. Job seekers should dress for a job fair just like they would dress for an interview. A good rule of thumb is to dress better than you would for the job.
- Don’t hesitate to approach a representative or to join a group already in discussion.
- Feel free to take notes during your conversations.
- Talk about your skills and accomplishments. Employers come to this job fair to find people who can fill needs within their companies. Show what needs you can fill.
- Ask questions. Inquire about the employers’ industry, hiring preferences, positions available, and career opportunities.
- Gather information. Employers will provide brochures and flyers about their companies.
- Use this opportunity to practice. Very few people are comfortable with interviewing. A job fair is a great place to practice your people skills so that your next job interview will go more smoothly.
- Talk with other job hunters. They often are aware of job openings that they are not interested in. These fellow job hunters can share this information with you.
- Show what a great person you are. Thank the employer for the opportunity to learn about their company, even if you are not interested in a job with them. If you are interested in a job with a company, send them a note thanking them for the opportunity to meet with them. Be sure to get one of their business cards with their name and address.
- Look for opportunity. Rather than looking for a current job opening, talk with employers about how their company operates and tie your skills to their needs. This could lead to a better job for you in the future.
- Prioritize. Check the general layout of employers and note which employers interest you most. Then, visit as many others as you can.
- Remember, some representatives are here today to provide career related information, not to offer jobs.
How to Talk to Recruiter
- Walk up to the employer’s table or booth. Make eye contact with the recruiter, smile, and say hello.
- Offer your handshake and introduce yourself.
- Ask about the career opportunities for your occupation at that company.
- Deliver your 15 second “sales pitch”:
- Give your name
- Mention your profession, occupation, or the job you are looking for
- State your experience, skills, & accomplishments. If true, mention everyone’s been happy with your work
- Offer your USP (Unique Selling Point)
- It’s what sets you apart from the competition–it’s what makes you special
- Answer the recruiter’s questions and ask a few follow-up questions of your own.
- Tell the recruiter that you would like to apply for that job or position.
- Offer the recruiter a copy of your resume.
- Ask how you can schedule a job interview.
- Ask for the recruiter’s business card.
- Thank the recruiter, smile, and offer your handshake.
Dahlstrom, Harry (2012). Turn a Job Fair Into A Job Offer Holliston, MA