National Career Fairs
National Career Fairs are a great way to meet a variety of prospective employers – all at one time. Even if you don't get a lot of "face time", you will get some important contact information and you'll learn more about the hiring process as well.
Job Fairs are also an excellent opportunity to find out about various industries, specific companies, and jobs that are currently available.
Many employers like to participate in career fairs in order to meet and recruit employees. They offer general information about their organization as well as career options within their company. They also refer to current openings within their company. Most of the positions they offer are "average" types of positions, but sometimes all you need is a foot in the door and you can grow within the organization.
What you need to do for a Career Fair:
A couple of Don'ts
- Review the list of employers who will be at the event. Determine which ones interest you the most and plan to go when you first arrive.
- Find out more about the company before you arrive. Your local library or a quick internet search should give you some valuable information.
- Make sure your resume is revised and take copies of your resume with you to the job fair.
- Take a folder to hold your materials and those companies give you.
- Be ready to take notes.
- Introduce yourself and offer a firm handshake.
- Be prepared with a brief introductory sentence for each employer.
- Tell each employer what kind of position you are looking for. Ask questions about the positions they have open.
- Be prepared to answer some basic interview questions.
- Ask for employers' business cards for follow-up discussions and correspondence.
- Follow up with a telephone call or note.
- Don't meet with an employer unless you are sure you want to work for them. Many companies attend job fairs with only entry-level positions or sales positions that offer commission-only opportunities. This kind of work isn't for everyone, so know what you want to do and for whom you want to do it.
- Don't expect to get hired at or because of a career fair. At most, you will probably sharpen your interviewing and communication skills.
National career fairs serve a purpose for both the employer and the job candidate. It's a learning process and an opportunity to network.
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