Job Fair? We’ve Got Tips for That

Job Fairs can be overwhelming. We get that. But they can also be a great way to meet a lot of employers in a couple of hours. It can be especially nerve-wracking for students because many times, they have never been to a job fair before. Here are some tips to help calm your nerves.

  1. Remember, it’s almost a guarantee that no other student has done this either. They’re just as nervous as you are. Take some deep breaths to help you relax, and smile!
  2. Most, if not all, job fairs will post which employers will in attendance and positions for which they are recruiting. You can plan and save time by knowing who you want to see.
  3. Even if an employer is listed as only having positions in certain fields open, don’t completely eliminate them. If there is a company you know you want to work for or that you know usually has openings that are a better fit for you, you can still talk with the employer and give them your resume for their future reference.
  4. Make a check list before you go. Have resumes ready, business cards, admission fee (if needed), professional clothing that is stain and wrinkle free, and a pen. Many students also like to bring a padfolio so they can take notes as they talk with employers, plus it has a pocket to keep resumes flat.
  5. Write, and practice, your elevator speech ahead of time. This is your 20-30 second speech, all about you, that you tell to employers as you shake their hand. Use that time to give your name, major, the job you’re interested in with them, and some relevant skills and experiences you have. On that note, practice your hand shaking too! Don’t squeeze too hard or too softly, and only hold for 2 or 3 pumps.
  6. Remember to get business cards from the employers, and follow up with them. Send them an email the next day thanking them for taking the time to come to the job fair and talking with you. Then, send them a hand-written card. And then, call them the next week to see if they have any questions or need any other information from you.
  7. Last but certainly not least, don’t forget your career center is here to help you, as well! Contact us if you need help with your resume or working on your elevator speech.
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