How to Get the Gig at the Next Job Fair

October 3rd, 2011

For those seeking employment, a job fair is the Holy Grail. Where else can you get face-to-face time with a potential employer? You get one chance to bring the black-and-white letters of your name to life — and hopefully land yourself a job. Take full advantage of those precious moments by wowing everyone with your image, your experience, and your enthusiasm.

Here’s how to prepare for the big fair:

Dress the Part

Never be afraid of overdressing at a job fair. Employers will know you’re serious about your job search if you wear dress pants and a nice shirt. Keep jewelry, hair, and shoes classic and simple.

Memorize Your Experiences

Whether you’re handing over a resume or filling out an application, you must be able to communicate your previous experiences verbally and on paper. Take the time to highlight details of your past positions that apply to this specific opportunity.

Be Over-Prepared

The application process will move much more smoothly – and quickly – if you bring along the appropriate materials. Think references (names, your relationship to your reference, address and telephone numbers), a license, a resume, or a cover letter. Call the company in advance if you’re not sure what to bring.

Pay Attention to Details

Never underestimate a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. Ask intelligent questions about the position or mention a recent industry news article. Before saying goodbye, don’t forget to “close the deal” by restating your interest in the position.

What other job fair tricks have you used to land a new job? Share your tips below!

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