Ok, so this post is via special request....it is awesome to have ideas coming in from people so if you have one...let me know.
idea of going to a job fair can be pretty intimidating. Honestly, they
are like huge speed dating events for people and companies looking for
work. Scary stuff. You know me, I'm a believer that your job search should be about 90% networking and 10% applying online...however, a job fair can be an important tool in your search. With that, here are a few tips on how to be successful:
be “that guy” - What does that mean you ask? Well, “that guy” is the
dude in a 3 piece suit, the guy who looks like he just rolled out of bed
and also the dude who kinda smells like peppermint schnapps. Don’t be
that guy. Show up dressed professionally (not in a suit unless you are
TOLD to wear one), well rested and ready to speak with people.
a plan - So, these things can be huge right? I’ve seen job fairs with
over 200 companies....if you have no plan, you have no hope. Figure out
your “must” companies and be sure to stop by their booths. Have another
list of “yeah, maybe” companies that you want to hit but if you miss a
few you’ll survive. Finally, have a list of “no way” companies so yo
know that you don’t want to stop by and be sucked in by their cool
pitch - You absolutely, positively need to have your little pitch down.
What you want to do is walk up to the booth, and boom, drop your
elevator pitch on people to explain clearly and succinctly what you are
looking for in a role. Show up with a rambling answer and the
recruiters in the booth will immediately tune you out, they have 100
other people to talk to and you just horrified them.
up - It’s unlikely that you will just get a job or an interview on the
spot at a job fair...so, your follow up is critical to your success.
Get the card of the person you spoke with and if you haven’t heard back
from them in a few days...send an email to follow up and express your
interest in the role.
about it, the speed dating reference is actually a good one. You’re
looking for work and the companies at this event are looking for
workers...so you need to be networking and building relationships with
people. Keep at it, and eventually you’ll score a new job.