Career Fairs as the Shortcuts to Job Interviews, Three Rules to Be Followed

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  • These events sometimes prove disappointing, job-seekers.

  • Career fairs are believed to be the powerful job sites or the networking sessions leading to interviews with future employers.

Three Rules to be Followed

Plan Ahead

  • Knowing in an advance which companies will attend the event.

  • Deciding which employers he/she is interested in contacting.

  • Visit their Web sites to read about the open job positions.

  • Conducing extra research to acquaint oneself with the employers of primary interest.

  • Preparing a list of employers to make sure you don’t miss any important connections.

  • The basics are enough: local, national or global; headquarters, branch or subsidiary; industry lifecycle (growing or declining), and number of employees locally.

Preparing for a 30-Second Presentation

  • One should be prepared to communicate with his/her qualifications in a 30-second presentation or “elevator speech”.

  • Should include a few selling points that catch the rep’s attention for a few minutes.

  • A 30-second presentation is not difficult to develop.

  • Some general questions:

    • Why should a company be interested in considering a candidate for the position within the company?

    • Role-play your speech with a friend.

    • With oneself while driving or in front of a mirror.

  • Follow-up contact will put a candidate on top of the candidate pile.

Avoid the Crowd

  • Avoiding the crowd at the noon to 4 p.m.

  • Crowds can be intimidating so better to avoid peak times.

  • One should also avoid arriving close to the closing time as some recruiters begin to pack up well before the career fairs is over.

Final Thoughts

  • Making sure the resume is in top-notch condition with proper format and cover letter.

  • It should grab the reader’s attention.

  • The contents in the resume should reflect the best accomplishments of a candidate?

  • Employers are likely to store their resume in a computerized database.

  • A candidate or the job seeker should try and follow up by sending a text-based copy electronically right after the career fair.

  • The best jobs go to those with the best job-search skills.

  • Knowing how to make the most out of career fairs is a valuable skill:

    • That can cut weeks.

    • Even months off your job search.