Most people do not go to a job fair with the goal of being forgotten – but many of these people act as if they do. Employers who attend job fairs do so with the express intent of meeting job seekers with skills, talent, and perseverance – so it’s essential to make yourself unforgettable in these areas. Here’s how to get the most from your next job fair:
- Start off right. Create a strong resume, create business cards that contain your correct contact information, and do your research. Study the organizations attending the fair and identify the ones with which you would most like to work. Then, find out what these companies do so that you can discuss it competently with the employers’ representatives – one surefire way to be remembered.
- Introduce yourself and shake hands. Break the ice with a smile, an introduction, and a handshake. Be prepared to sum up your professional persona and goals within thirty seconds or so. Your “intro speech” is a bit like your LinkedIn headline – when done right, it tells prospective employers who you are and hooks their interest so they want to learn more.
- Ask good questions. While researching the company, come up with several questions that will demonstrate you’ve done your reading and help you learn a little more about what the company does and how it operates. For instance, you might ask how the department you’d work in is structured or how well a recent accomplishment is faring. These questions show you’re genuinely interested in the company. They also help you decide if this is a place you’d like to work.
- Answer “what’s in it for us?” Employers at job fairs brace themselves for a long day of hearing candidates ask what the company can do for them. To stay memorable, flip the script: Focus on what you can do for the company. Talk about the skills you bring to the table and the projects you’d like to pursue.
- Follow up by contacting employers. Send a brief thank-you note to each person you met, thanking them for their time and reminding them of your interest in the company. If you agreed to email a link to your website or other information, include it in the thank-you note. Many job seekers overlook this step, but it’s one of the easiest ways to leave a positive impression that may turn into an interview offer.
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