Preparing for Job Fairs – A Job Seeker’s Perspective

Be ready to meet with hiring managers face-to-face at our Job Fair

Event Dates

November 6-7, 2012

Location

Boston, MA
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Job fairs provide an opportunity to connect with hiring managers face-to-face. This is the time where you can learn more about job openings, make a good first impression, and in some cases interview right on the spot. If you plan to attend our upcoming Veterans Jobs Fair Tuesday-Wednesday, November 6-7 at Boston, MA, or another one in the near future, here are some things to consider before, during and after the event.

Before attending:

  • Do your research. Come prepared. Know which employers will be attending. You will also want to determine the types of open positions available so that you have a better understanding of which company representatives you will want to meet.
  • Make a list. Determine those companies of most interest, and make a plan to meet with at least 5 representatives of each during the job fair. This will keep you focused on companies and openings that are most applicable to your work experience or career interests.
  • Bring your resume. You should not only have ample copies available, but also multiple versions at the ready. Tailor your resume for each employer and job opening; similar to what you would do if you were submitting your resume via an online job ad.
  • Be ready to talk. You have your list of companies and will have a chance to introduce yourself – but only limited time. Have a thoughtful introduction ready.
  • Dress to impress. Remember, what you wear says a lot about you during the interview process. And attending a job fair should be viewed like an interview; hence, dress professionally.

During the event:

  • Ask questions. When you meet with company hiring managers, be sure to ask questions, again, similar to those you would ask during an interview. This will not only make you look informative, but also help narrow down opportunities that are a best fit.
  • Be organized.  Your advanced preparedness helps here. Stick to your plan. Meet with the companies you have pre-selected. Have your resume ready. Take notes. Obtain business cards or email addresses so that you can follow-up.
  • Watch how you act. Again, a career event should be viewed as an interview opportunity. You not only need to dress professionally, but act accordingly. Manners count.
  • Narrow your targets, but also seek others. While you have a list of companies, be sure to take some time to explore other companies or areas of interest. You may find an opportunity that is beyond your original scope; one of the many benefits of attending job fairs.

Post Event

  • Follow-up. For those employers that you had personal interactions with, a short follow-up note is always recommended. If you have been asked to furnish additional information, do so immediately following the job fair. A timely response is beneficial and shows a high level of professionalism.
  • Schedule your next event Networking is one of the most effective ways to secure employment. Be sure to attend as many jobs fairs or similar career events as possible.

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