How to Impress Recruiters at the Career Fair
To succeed, you can’t just wander from booth to booth
collecting information packets and company mugs.
When hundreds of hiring managers converge, watch out.
A recruiter’s alert eyes and ears may be focused on you
when you least expect.
Create a One-Line Pitch is one way to Impress
Job Fair Recruiters
• Not only will there be other applicants wanting to talk
to job fair recruiters, but the recruiters themselves
will be distracted.
• They don't have time to sit down with you for a halfhour interview, no matter how qualified you might be
for a position with their company.
• So develop a one-line pitch to give to each employer,
making sure to mention your name, your education,
your background, and what makes you unique.
• It wouldn't hurt to add a reason or two why you want
to work for them, either.
To make it through what likely will be a long, grueling day, a wellstocked briefcase is important.
Be sure to have the following items on hand: a stack of resumes,
pens and paper for note taking, tissues, a small mirror and breath
Women should carry an extra pair of stockings in case of runs.
To keep your energy up, bring along an inconspicuous, non-messy
Beware of keeping fruit in your briefcase, though, or you might end
up handing out banana-scented resumes.
Juice or a soft drink will help you fend off dry mouth.
Dress for Success:
As with all career-related events, you'll want to impress job fair
recruiters by looking your best.
Wear a conservative suit in dark, muted tones such as navy or
black, and don't forget to shine your shoes.
Strong fragrances that might trigger allergies should be avoided,
and carry a nice pen for filling out applications and contact
Be best @ your Personality:
Every other eager applicant at the job fair will tell recruiters that
they are motivated, goal-oriented, hard-working and a quick
Set yourself apart from the crowd by using your personality to your
For example, if you are looking for an administrative job, you could
say, "I make the best spreadsheets in the tri-state area.”
Research on Companies:
Most job fairs publish a list of recruiters and the companies they
represent a week or so before the event.
Get your hands on that list and start learning about each
Find out about their company culture, who they like to hire,
what their mission statement is and how long they've been in
When you have that knowledge, you'll be better equipped to
impress job fair recruiters.
Know Your Audience:
Job fair recruiters are impressed with applicants who talk to them in
language they can understand.
They do want to know about you---your talents, skills, education,
background---but they also want to know what you can do for
Set yourself apart from the crowd by mentioning an applicable
scenario in which you benefited a past employer.
Job recruiters might be impressed with you, but ten minutes later,
their attention will be on another crowd of eager potentials.
To make sure they remember who you are, distribute detailed
resumes along with eye-catching business cards that will remind
them of your vast talents and skills.
As mentioned in the previous tip, you want job recruiters to
remember you for their formal interview process.
To meet that goal, follow up with the recruiter within 24 hours of
the job fair to express interest in the position again and to remind
them of your resume.
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