Job fairs get a bad rap with job seekers. But with a little planning, your next job fair can be a great place to kick your employment search into high gear.
Not sure whether that upcoming job fair will be worth the effort? You’re not alone – a lot of job seekers have been burned in the past, and are hesitant to invest any more time and energy in job fair opportunities.
But with the right strategy, a job fair can be the perfect place to make first contact with promising new employers. Here’s how to get started . . .
Job fair success begins by making sure you have the right materials to present to prospective employers. Before you go, remember to pack copies of an updated resume and a business card with your contact information and social media addresses.
It helps to know which employers are scheduled to appear at the job fair before you go. In addition to helping you plan your time, advance knowledge will give you the opportunity to research the employers that are most appealing to you.
In the days leading up to the job fair, you’ll want to prepare a pitch – a concise summary of your background, qualifications and job search goals. With a little practice, you can use your pitch to make a lasting impression on the employers you meet at the fair.
Job fairs present opportunities to network with other job seekers as well as employers. You never know – the person standing next to you in line at the job fair might have the information you need to make your next career move.
It’s important to follow up with employers and contacts after the job fair is over, usually within a three to five day timeframe. To ensure proper follow-up, you’ll need to be diligent about collecting business cards and contact info from the people you meet at the fair.