With so many employers concentrated in one convenient location, Career Days/Job Fairs offer a particularly efficient way to advance your search. At these events, you can research companies, identify available positions, hone your job-hunting skills, meet hiring managers and perhaps even land an immediate job offer. To be successful you must devise a game plan for the event.
During The Career Day
- Arrive early & beat the crowd to avoid long lines.
- Dress neatly. Although some of the employers may dress in casual business attire, the job seekers should upgrade their attire. Professional dress in suits or dresses makes a positive statement about the candidates' seriousness in gaining employment.
- Take plenty of resumes.
- Make eye contact immediately when introducing yourself & greet the recruiter/interviewer with a firm handshake.
- Remember the representative's name; if not, casually refer to their nametag.
- Be articulate and sell yourself. Show confidence in your voice. The room will be noisy, and if they can't hear you they won't remember you.
- Avoid using filler words such as "um," "like," "ya know."
- Smile and be polite - enthusiasm is an important quality.
- Ask other attendees what they learned from the recruiters and compare notes.
- Explore all your options. Speak with employers that you had not considered before; they may have various types of employment opportunities.
- Ask for a business card to be used for your thank you letter.
After The Career Day
- Send a thank you letter. It can bring attention to your name.
- Include your resume with the thank you letter.
- Conduct a follow-up telephone call. When calling, be prepared and know/practice what you are going to say beforehand.
- Check to make sure that your application is complete.
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