Tips for Job Fair Success

 

To inquire about any upcoming job fairs or for more information contact:
Maret Matthew at 217-351-2536 or mmatthew@parkland.edu

Before the Job Fair

  • Prepare and update your resume.
  • Visit the Job Fair website to view the registered companies.Decide which ones you are interested in and view their websites.
  • Know what type of position you are seeking. Employers respond well if you appear confident and focused on a specific career goal.
  • Practice a 15-second ‘sales pitch’. Include your name, skills, education, and experience.
  • Prepare a few questions to ask the employers. (see back for examples)

At the Job Fair

  • Dress professionally. Go easy with make-up, jewelry, and cologne. Iron your clothes, cover your tattoos, and if you smoke, wait until after you attend the job fair.
  • Bring a folder with copies of your resume, a notepad, and a pen.
  • Be courteous and respectful of other candidates when approaching an employer.
  • Take advantage of this networking opportunity. Gather information about the company, current and future positions, and how they prefer you apply.
  • Before leaving the table, ask for his/her business card. Thank the recruiter, smile, and offer your handshake.
  • Sample questions to ask employers.

After the Job Fair

  • Follow up on all leads. Send thank-you notes to recruiters with whom you spoke and reiterate your interest in working for their company. If you forgot to mention a selling point during the interview, now is your chance to mention it.
  • Think of the job fair as your first contact with employers, not your last!

 

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