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Career Fair Basics


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Career Fair Basics

  1. 1. Career Fair “Basics” The following slides provide basic information for the job seeker attending Career Fairs. These tips are from the prospective of a corporate recruiter and are intended to assist with preparing and presenting yourself professionally. The competition is everywhere, if you don’t rise above it you’ll just blend in. Practice, research and then review these slides to improve your chances of moving forward. Author: Rob Wallace, PHR - CDR
  2. 2. Career Fair “Basics” Before the Career Fair Prepare for Combat - Prepare an outfit, your materials (folder to hold resumes, note pad/paper, pen) and a plan Proof your Resume - Have at least two other people proofread it for grammar and spelling errors. This is a must! Only supply additional paperwork if asked. Research the Companies - Website, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Google news reports/press releases; what current openings are a fit for you? Prepare a few Questions to ask the Representatives - These questions should show off your research. One or two questions about a current job that is open and why you are qualified is a great start. Author: Rob Wallace, PHR - CDR
  3. 3. Career Fair “Basics” Practice the Following before the Career Fair - BE Prepared! Tell me about Yourself - 30 seconds max to sell yourself! See below Elevator Pitch - Create a short introduction (30 seconds) that summarizes who you are, your experience and skills to sell yourself. Give a firm handshake and maintain eye contact, offer your resume after closing. Need an example? You Tube “Interview Elevator Speech” 1st Point of Contact “Basics” Smile Introduce Yourself Firm Handshake Elevator Pitch/Sell/Resume Listen and Answer Questions Close by Thanking Ask for Business Card or Contact information, then F/U after Author: Rob Wallace, PHR - CDR
  4. 4. Career Fair “Basics” At the Career Fair Resumes - Bring plenty of copies and have them readily available. Don’t fumble for your resume, it should be easy to access. Seek out the companies and representatives you plan to approach. Mini Interview - Be prepared for a “short” interview on-the-spot! Remember to be patient at the event, Fairs can be busy places. A typical recruiter will talk with a high volume of candidates in only a few hours. Pick up the company brochure while you wait to absorb last minute information. 1st Impression - Be friendly, honest, confident, enthusiastic and smile! Don't be discouraged by the number of other candidates at the event, and don't assume you made such a great impression that you’ll get a call. Notes - You'll need to follow-up. Take notes of who you spoke with and request their business card. Ask the best way to follow-up, different recruiters prefer different methods (e-mails, calls, letters or sometimes nothing at all.) Author: Rob Wallace, PHR - CDR
  5. 5. Career Fair “Basics” Immediately after the Career Fair Organize - Categorize business cards and brochures you've gathered and make additional notes. Apply on-line? - Did the recruiter suggest this, if so and you are interested in the company, apply on-line as soon as possible. Follow-up with a Personalized Note - For those employers you are definitely interested in, thank the recruiter/manager for their time. Also, let them know that you hope to hear something positive soon. Doing this via e-mail is fine. Author: Rob Wallace, PHR - CDR
  6. 6. Career Fair “Basics” From a Recruiters Perspective Be brief and Get to the Point - If you can professionally present yourself and make a good impression in 30 seconds, your resume will most likely go into the keep/review pile. Job Fairs are Competitive - Look around, your competition is everywhere. Are you the sharper, more prepared, more qualified candidate? How does your “Elevator Pitch” sound? Really? - Carry and use breath mints, yes. Don’t pick up and carry with you every giveaway the companies are offering. You’re at this event for business reasons, you need job. Believe it or not, even though recruiters attend multiple job fairs throughout the year, they remember people and the quirky unusual things they do. Leave a good impression! Be Honest - We don’t want to hire a dishonest person. Don’t try to hide information such as a lower QPA/GPA if asked. Be prepared to answer all types of questions honestly. Author: Rob Wallace , PHR - CDR
  7. 7. Career Fair “Basics” Career Fair Commonsense 1. Tell the recruiter briefly about yourself and why you are interested in company X. Do not ask a recruiter what positions they are hiring for, or ask them to tell you about their company. You should know this already! 2. Dress professionally! 3. Come prepared to present yourself. 4. Check your coat, umbrella, purse, book bag, hat, gloves, scarf or whatever. All you need is a portfolio or folder to hold your resumes/pen and company materials collected. As you collect basic items, check those also. Do not carry a bag of paperwork around. 5. Visit company tables alone, not with your friends. 6. Appreciate the recruiter’s time if there is a long line of candidates at their table, do not monopolize. 7. Career Fairs should be just one more tool to use in your Job Search Tool Box! Author: Rob Wallace , PHR - CDR
  8. 8. Want to learn more? • Would you like to obtain a personal career consultation? • Personal resume need updated? • Need to improve your interviewing skills? • Is your company downsizing and in need of outplacement career services for RIF staff? If so, please contact me via LinkedIn to secure consultative services to fit your personal or business needs.