Job fairs. Are they really worth your time? Yes and no. Job fairs can be a great tool in your job search toolbox if used right, but if you are not being strategic you are wasting your time. Here are my top 4 tips on how to maximize your time with a job fair:
Do Your Research
Take time to research which companies are going to be there ahead of time. Think about which companies align with your values, are in the location you need, and have the culture that you desire, and so on. Research what type of jobs they have open, what are their consumers saying about them, and more.
Choose quality of quantity. Pick 5 or 6 companies that best align with your values and mission for your life. Pick the ones that potentially could or do have your ideal job currently open. If possible, map these out. Be sure to see them first and do your best to customize your brand for these 5 or 6 companies. You can bring a “generic” resume for the rest, but for your top companies, bring your “A” game!
Have a quick 30-90-second pitch ready. Include who are you, what value do you bring (or what do you do) and what you are looking for? Remember to be specific. The focused you are, the more in demand you will be. Look your best, bring lots of resumes, business cards, and have questions ready and available.
At these job fairs, there can be anywhere between 50 to 1000 attendees so the likelihood that the recruiter is going to remember you, is slim. Be sure to ask for their card and follow up. Send a note after the job fair, thanking them for their time and reminding them of who you are and what you are looking for.
Job fairs can be a great tool or a waste of time. Just depends on how you use them. Follow the steps above to ensure that you are maximizing your efforts but go in with an open mind and have fun! These are great networking opportunities and you never know who you might meet!
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