Checklist for Career Fair Success, Using Career Fair Checklist, Activities to Accomplish Before the Event Career Fair Checklist

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Using Career Fair Checklist

Activities to Accomplish Before the Event Career Fair Checklist

  • Taking ample time to read one or more of the articles on working career fairs.

  • Visiting the career fair Websites.

  • Pre-registering with the career fair whenever possible.

  • Obtaining the list of organizations attending the event.

  • Deciding on the organizations one is more interested in:

    • Conducting research on each.

    • Gathering basic information about the company (size, organization, locations, top management), their products, and standing in their industry.

  • It is generally suggested to interviewing with the top companies first.

  • Finish polishing ones resume.

  • Review for keywords and accomplishments.

  • Checking for typos and other spelling errors.

  • Customizing for each targeted organization.

  • Print out extra copies of the standard resumes to bring to the career fair.

  • Consider a mock interview.

  • Reviewing common interview questions at the same time preparing few questions to ask the recruiters.

  • Check for attire:

    • Wearing a well-fitting suit to career fairs whenever possible.

    • For men conservative shirt and tie, polished shoes, styled hair and removal of jewellery from visible piercings such as bracelets and earrings.

    • For women a conservative suit (pants or skirt), shoes and pantyhose, styled hair, and removal of jewellery from visible piercings.

  • Use of handkerchief and not certainly the suit on which to wipe out sweats from the hands and arms.

  • A 15-30 seconds introductory speech is suggested.

  • Other useful though not necessary items for the career fair:

    • A portfolio of ones accomplishments.

    • Samples of work.

    • A stack of personal business cards.

  • In latest interviews Portfolios usually get more attention.

  • One’s personal business card which is not the business card of the current employer could turn out to be a networking card or a resume highlights card.

  • Getting a good night’s sleep the night before.

  • One should be ready with pen and paper for jotting down notes, contact information, and other vital details.

Activities to Accomplish During the Event

  • To establish rapport with each recruiter.

  • One should smile, make eye contact and offer a firm (but not death-grip) handshake.

  • Using your elevator speech.

  • Answering questions, showcasing knowledge of each company.

  • On should also remember to ask questions so as to have a better understanding of which organizations are the best fit for him/her.

  • Asking about the organization’s recruiting timetable.

  • Soliciting information about the next step in the process.

  • The recruiter should be asked to forward candidate’s information to that other recruiter wherever the candidate is looking to relocate himself/herself.

  • If there is no such business card to collect from the recruiter one should be sure to get all the contact information (including the correct spelling of each person’s name).

  • One shouldn’t forget to thank each person he/she speaks with:

    • Taking the time to meet.

    • Talking about opportunities with his/her organization.

  • It is also suggested to make connections with people:

    • The recruiters

    • Fellow job-seekers

    • Career professionals

Activities to Accomplish After the Event

  • Sending thank-you notes to the recruiters.

  • Thanking recruiters for their time, interest, and help in your job-search.

  • Reflecting ones execution, results.

  • What he/she might have done more effectively?

  • Making some initial plans for improvement before the next career fair.

  • Once the career fairs is over there should be a plan to follow up with each recruiter (about two weeks after the career fair).

  • Contact recruiters and expressing continued interest:

    • With the organization.

    • Your assurance of ability to contribute to the organization.

    • Getting more information about next steps in the process.