Job Fairs: Altogether Now
Job fairs can show you what jobs are available and who's
hiring. Most large cities hold job fairs several times a year.
Companies looking to expand their database of resumes, fill
open positions, or scope out the availability of employees
for a new position will set up a booth and try to entice job
seekers with their mix of benefits, salary packages, and corporate
Job fairs can be overwhelming. To make efficient use of your
time, try the following strategies:
- Get a copy of the job fair program in advance so you
know what companies will be there. Map out which companies
you want to learn more about.
- Be prepared. Dress professionally. Bring plenty of resumes.
Carry a pen and paper for note-taking, and collect business
cards for following up.
Be aware of companies outside your current field. Many
of your skills are transferable to any industry.
- Be confident. Introduce yourself succinctly--recruiters
will be busy--and clearly state the position you're seeking.
- After the fair, make sure to follow up with the companies
that were of interest to you to keep the momentum going.