Job Fair Preparation
How to make a Job Fair
work for you….
What’s your goal?
Are you interested Are you seeking
in finding out career opportunities
about a particular with a specific
career field? Then employer? Then
focus your questions
ask generalized on the application
questions about and interview
working in the process, and ask for
industry. specific information
about the employer.
Employers Expect you to:
Know what type of job Not just grab the free
you are looking for stuff
Dress professionally Shake hands and make
Bring copies of your eye contact
resume Communicate well
Know the company, that Bring something to take
you’ve done your notes on
“homework” Treat the conversation
Be interested in their like a job interview
company/opportunities Apply online ahead of
Ask questions time when possible
Top 3 Things Employers
Typically Discuss at Job Fairs
1. Company benefits
2. Information on
How to Prepare for a Job Fair
Create a list of employers you’d like to meet
with at the job fair.
Do your homework. Research the company.
Know why you want to work for the company
(if you don’t know they won’t either)
Prepare a “30 Second Commercial” as a way
to sell yourself to an employer.
– Preparation, Enthusiasm and Energy will get you
What should be included in your
“30 Second Commercial?”
This is a great way to introduce yourself
– Your name
– Your career status (job searching/finishing training)
The goal is to connect your background to the
– What type of position you are seeking
– What field you would like to be employed in
– Why you chose their company
30 Second Commercial - Example
Hello, my name is SUSAN FISCHER.
I am looking for a full-time job as a PROGRAM MANAGER IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD.
I have OVER 10 YEARS experience WORKING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND
I am PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH OFFENDERS, and am STRONG WITH BOTH
PEOPLE AND PROCESSES.
I PRIDE MYSELF ON MY HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CASE MANAGEMENT, AND MY
ABILITY TO QUICKLY DEVELOP RAPPORT DUE TO THE GENUINE INTEREST I TAKE
IN PEOPLE. MY CLIENTS HAVE EXCEEDED THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS.
ADDITIONALLY, I EXCEL IN LEADERHIP, CAN IDENTIFY AND SOLVE PROBLEMS, THINK
OUTSIDE THE BOX, AND MEET AND EXCEED EXPECTIONS AND GOALS.
How could this be an asset to XYZ Company?
Things to keep handy…
Plenty of fresh
Pens or pencils
Folder or portfolio
Paper for taking
Your planner to set
up a follow up
How should you dress?
Clean, ironed clothes
Business casual to dressy
Shirt tucked in
Conservative colors (keep attention on you, not your
Be sure hair and nails are well groomed
Keep jewelry simple (if it makes noise, take it off)
Take a look at your shoes: should be clean and
Perfume and cologne should be light or avoided
In order to
must be an
not just a
During the job fair…
Make eye contact Don’t chew gum or smoke
immediately when introducing
Obtain a floor plan before
entering the room
Listen carefully to what the
Network alone, not in groups
HR reps have to say. Don’t
interrupt Respect the privacy of
others who are networking
Show confidence in your
voice Ask questions about the
company to maximize your
Your resume should be easily
Take a few minutes to jot
Don’t just “drop and run”.
down notes about the HR
Keep you eyes and ears rep and companies to help
open, you never know when you remember later
an opportunity will arise
During the job fair (cont)…
Obtain a business card
from each HR rep that
you speak to
– This information can be
very useful for follow-up
Before leaving the fair,
revisit your top few
companies to make a
If you have a real
interest in an employer,
find out the procedures
to secure an interview
What to ask employers
What type of entry level positions exist within your
What qualities are you looking for in a prospective
What do you feel are the future trends in this
Where do you see this company in 5 years? 10
Do you have plans for expansion?
How would you describe the working environment
within the company?
What not to ask employers
What can you do for me?
How much do you pay?
What does your company do?
Do not ask questions that are clearly
answered on the employer's web site
and/or in any literature provided by the
employer to you in advance.
After the job fair…
Show courtesy and follow up right away!
(within 24 hours)
Write a thank you (handwritten or email)
to each HR Representative with whom
What to Include in a Thank You
Confirm your interest and enthusiasm for the
Highlight your skills and abilities that meet the
Inquire about the next step in the selection
Include your contact information
Follow up in 1-2 weeks by calling or emailing
to see if you can meet with them again
It is your
and initiate a
You will get out of a
job fair exactly what
you put into it.
Be assertive and
Autumn Recruitment Fair
Friday, October 29th, 2010
Waukesha County Technical College
(Service Building, Gymnasium)