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Tips for Attending a Career Fair

  1. 1. Before attending a Career Fair, make an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses, educational background, professional experiences, and your goals. This information will be useful during your conversation with a recruiter.

  2. 2. Dress with professional attire.

  3. 3. Have a pen/pencil and paper available for notes.

  4. 4. Bring copies of your Resume and a folder or portfolio to hold your materials.

  5. 5. Take the time to find out what companies will be represented at the career fair.

  6. 6. Research information about the participating companies prior the event day. You can impress a recruiter by knowing about the company.

  7. 7. Use time wisely. Determine where employers are located and in what order to visit them. Focus on three companies that you are truly interested in.

  8. 8. Broaden your focus and include many types of employers. For instance, you may not have considered working for a hospital, but hospitals recruit and hire professionals in many different fields (e.g., management, information systems, or health care).

  9. 9. Be aware of time demands on employers. Ask specific questions and offer to follow up after the fair, as appropriate.

  10. 10. Be direct. Introduce yourself, including your name and career interests. If you are job-seeking, state the type of position in which you are interested. If you are gathering information, let employers know that you are only interested in materials and information. Remember to use good eye contact and a firm handshake.

  11. 11. Make sure you learn from the recruiter employment and/or hiring trends, skills necessary for different jobs, current openings, salary, benefits, training, and other information about the organization. Also make sure you know whom to contact for follow-up discussions.

  12. 12. Ask the employer for the next steps in the recruitment process and try to obtain their business card for follow-up discussions and correspondence.