Before the Job Fair
• Find out what businesses will be there. Check out the company's web site, mission, open positions, and general information.
• Develop some questions to ask employers. . The more you engage them, the better impression you'll make.
• Proofread your resume. Even if you think there are no errors, have someone else look it over too. Double check that your address, phone number, and e-mail address is current.
• Practice a Pitch. Practice a quick pitch summarizing your skills and experience so you're ready to promote your candidacy to prospective employers.
At the Job Fair
• Dress for Success. Attend the job fair dressed for success in professional interview attire, and carry a portfolio. However, do wear comfortable shoes, because you will be standing in line.
• Bring Supplies. Bring extra copies of your resume, pens, a notepad, and business cards with your name, your email address, and cell phone number.
• Arrive Early. Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early - before the fair officially opens.
• Attend a Workshop. If the job fair has workshops or seminars, attend them. In addition to getting job search advice, you'll have more opportunities to network.
• Network. While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You never know who might be able to help with your job search.
• Show Initiative. Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities.
• Be Enthusiastic. Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile!
• Collect Business Cards. Collect business cards, so you have the contact information for the people you have spoken with.
• Take Notes. It's hard to keep track when you're meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of who you spoke to about what.
After the Job Fair
Say Thank You. Take the time to send a brief follow up thank you note or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. It's a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you're a strong candidate.
Next Job Fair - September 27, 2013 9-11:30 at 215 Straight Ave, Grand Rapids. Check us out on www.michiganworkska.org for more information.