Selling Yourself at a Career Fair
Going to a career fair is a great way to expand your professional network and make your next career move.
But it takes more than just putting together a resume and showing up to make the most of a career fair. With a little preparation and
follow through, you can make sure that your time at a career fair is as successful as possible.
Before the Career Fair: Make Connections
The best way to stand out at a career fair is to do research and reach out to the companies you’re interested in before the day of the fair.
Take a look at their websites and social media accounts to learn more about the organization and their current needs. Make contact and
introduce yourself if you can. Most likely, you won’t get a response, but it’s worth a shot and could help you stand out when you meet them
on the day of the fair.
During the Fair: Build Your Network
Once you get to the career fair, the focus should be on collecting as many business cards as you can from the recruiters and employers
you meet. Introduce yourself to as many people in the booth as possible, and be sure to keep the conversation short and on point. Exchange
business cards and follow up after the fair with a thank you note or email.
Present Your Skills Confidently
Be confident and make sure that you highlight your skills while you’re at the fair. Make sure you know your resume cold and be able to
summarize your experience quickly and effectively. Share your enthusiasm for the company and be clear about what you can bring to the
table. Speak positively about your previous work experience and bring in examples of your work.
Be Proactive and Follow Through
Make sure to take the time to create follow up emails and thank you notes, and don’t be afraid to be persistent in your job search.
Make it clear that you’re excited and eager to work with the company. After you’ve reached out to everyone you met, track their progress and
stay in touch to ensure that they keep you in mind.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your next career fair is a success. Prepare in advance and be bold and confident in the
booth, and you never know what you might discover. Good luck!