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How to Participate in a Job Fair

Tips for participating in a Career or Job Fair.

Difficulty Level:   Average      Time Required: An hour or longer


Here's How:

  1. Dress professionally - wear a suit, handle this as you would a regular interview
  2. Wear comfortable shoes - lines are frequently long and you should expect to wait
  3. Resumes - bring a supply of resumes to hand out to the companies
  4. Take a portfolio/briefcase to hold resumes and corporate literature
  5. Prepare a "one minute commercial" - Think about your strong points, your goals, and the company
  6. Be prepared to discuss where you want to work geographically 
  7. Be prepared to discuss what you like doing, what you’re looking for in a job, what your most relevant skills are
  8. Arrive early - plan on extra time for checking in
  9. Network - while you are waiting in line, talk to others
  10. Be assertive and show initiative - shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table
  11. Be enthusiastic 
  12. There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time you are so don't be overwhelmed

  1. Arrive early - Plan on extra time for checking in
  2. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on the benefits of the experience
  3. Indulge your curiosity - talk to companies you normally wouldn't be interested in

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